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Are Your People on a Job or on a Mission ?

Are Your People on a Job or on a Mission ?

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What makes some normal work-related activities be such joy-bringing and joyful activities? Could it be the fact that I, just like the guide next to me, am on a mission, not a job? Could it be that we see what we do… not as a plain, boring, job to do, for some reward of some kind, but as something else, something bigger and more meaningful?

I am on a train, heading from Paris to Fontainebleau, the real home castle of the kings and leaders of France (herein including Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the most influential historical figures). While I contemplate the beautiful landscape that harmoniously unfolds outside the window, relaxed as I am, enjoying one of the inspiring trips I take every now and then, some fresh ideas occur to me, regarding some of the tasks I’m currently managing.

These are ideas about the systems I am working with, people and companies. Some concern active tasks, i.e., tasks that have already been outlined, defined, scheduled, planned, started, perhaps even updated a few times already. Some concern new tasks, i.e., initiatives, options, communication that hasn’t yet been delivered, actions that haven’t yet been set into motion. Some of these ideas concern the near future, and they look very clear and detailed, while others concern a more distant time-span, ranging from a few months from now to a few years.

Next to me, a loud conversation in Russian, between two tourists and their guide. Clearly the target destination of my day trip is quite attractive, multiculturally. What catches my attention is the strange synergy between my mood, and the mood of the Russian group next to me. While both me and the guide are, by any official definition, working, him delivering his speech to his clients, me, working some ideas for my projects (ongoing and perspective projects, as well), we’re all positive, enthusiastic, and chill. Those of us who are working, and those we work for (in this case, his clients’ mood is directly observable).

 

So, what makes some normal work-related activities be such joy-bringing and joyful activities? Could it be the fact that I, just like the guide next to me, am on a mission, not a job? Could it be that we see what we do… not as a plain, boring, job to do, for some reward of some kind, but as something else, something bigger and more meaningful?

Are Your People on a Job or on a Mission ?



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