Do You Know What Gets You Up In The Morning?

I had an amazing conversation with a successful retailer today. She was talking to me about training; how do I keep everyone motivated, she asked? She shall remain anonymous but it’s probably something we’re all faced with. By the way, we met at Coverings and she comes from an area of the business I’m not that familiar with—fabrication.

In fact I asked her, how she keeps motivated. She said attending trade shows, industry seminars and giving herself time to focus on what’s important. It sounded like she had read “Why You Hate Work” but she hadn’t.

What an amazing article. This article is so timely since I’m getting ready to teach a two day course. The article, “Why You Hate Work,” was in the New York Times and written by Tony Schwartz and Christine Porath of The Energy Project. I also saw an interview with Tony this morning on CBS. He said he had over 400 comments in three hours after he published the article.

It appears we are all time starved, connected to our work continually through various “time saving devices,” and never get a chance to unwind.”

Does this sound like you or your employees?

Tony’s company, The Energy Project, partnered with the Harvard Business Review to determine what defines people’s engagement and productivity at work. Altogether, the survey was given to almost 20,000 mostly white-collar employees. Here are the results of the survey:

“Employees are vastly more satisfied and productive; it turns out, when four of their core needs are met: physical, through opportunities to regularly renew and recharge at work; emotional, by feeling valued and appreciated for their contributions; mental, when they have the opportunity to focus in an absorbed way on their most important tasks and define when and where they get their work done; and spiritual, by doing more of what they do best and enjoy most, and by feeling connected to a higher purpose at work.” Full article can be seen here.

UnhappyAfter reading this I started thinking; how do you work all of this into your business? I have been working with business owners and their employees for over 20 years. I know that many get burned out because they don’t find time to refuel their souls. I know I do. We all need to have a sense of purpose, to feel like what we’re doing something that matter—first to us and then hopefully to someone else. Personally, I think it’s hard to make this happen in a vacuum. When I say vacuum, I mean talking to ourselves. I need to talk with others, get their opinions and see how my ideas gel with theirs.

We all need to get out, share our ideas with the rest of the world and regroup. Hopefully, we do this in a place with others who share our passion for life and have a sense of purpose. If this is important to you, join me in Panama City for a two-day sales, product knowledge and of course renewal.

I hope to see you there.