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@DanielPink + @SimonSinek? Connecting Drive to Golden Circles?

Dan Pink (in “Drive“) talks about Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. Simon Sinek (in “Start with Why“) is all about What, How and Why?

I see a strong relationship between the two models:

  • What <–> Autonomy which would mean that people are better when they are autonomous on the work they do
  • How <–> Mastery which would mean people thrive when they develop their skills in how to do a job
  • and Why <–> Purpose which would mean that people are best when they can make meaning of their work

Incidentally, although I haven’t yet read Pink’s book (sorry Daniel ;), I’ve always wondered how these three values connect with those of Self Determination Theory (SDT) which are: Autonomy, Competence and Relatedness.

There’s a clear link between Competence and Mastery obviously. And connecting “Relatedness” with “Purpose”, although two words with different meanings, seems to me perfectly aligned with what spiritual masters tried to teach us long ago: that life meaning mostly comes out of helping others (or trivially summarized in the saying “man is a social animal”).

What do you think?


Generation Y and #Deming’s Constancy of Purpose by Poorani Jeyasekar on PEX Network

September 27th, 2011 Posted in Change Tags: , ,

Here’s a very good article I’d wish to pass along!

Generation Y and Deming’s Constancy of Purpose by Poorani Jeyasekar.

I feel Internet and all that combination of Social and Information Technologies (yes, there are social technologies as well) has made it possible to move and learn fast up to the point where purpose can be lost. Which, in a clear negative feedback loops, brings it forth to the foreground once it got lost too far away.

Constancy of purpose is not something specific to Gen Ys (indeed, Deming stated it way long before!).

We somehow lost it during the early days of Internet. Now the technology has matured, the social network has been enhanced by IT so purpose need is back.

Welcome purpose!

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