Purpose – the Hidden Lever of Productivity?

(This is a series of blogs of my thoughts on the most important of human endeavors, Work and its associated things like Productivity and Processes. This is second in the series.)

In my last blog, The Enigma of Employee Productivity, we had explored and discussed about deep meaning at work, motivation at work and productivity. We argued and pointed to many prominent research/ study findings which showed us that (a) the majority of the workforce across organizations globally is not engaged at work, (b) for “higher level” work that requires creativity and innovation, traditional management motivation methods including incentives and monetary rewards don’t work, these methods seemed to be made for the industrial era and are ill equipped for the modern knowledge era. The shining light are these positive deviants; examples of how teams achieve extraordinary productivity and performance. Purpose seems to be one such reason for motivation and in this blog we will explore purpose and meaning a little further and see if we can get any additional insights.

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Achieving Flow – Crucial in Futbol, Life – and in Knowledge Work!

Flow Futbol

As I watch the USA battle it out with Belgium in the World Cup 2014, (OK, I admit I am working from home today ;-) ), I am once again reminded that the most beautiful moments of the game are those that are most – there is no better way to describe it – fluid!

While the game overall is a joy to watch (at least for me – and billions of other “World Cup time soccer fans” worldwide!), every now and then you see moments of sheer beauty and thrill – plays that last more than 1-2 passes.  It could be just a series of quick passes between two players to thwart an opposition player,  a series of longer passes to take the ball from one corner of the field to another – or – that big thrill – a sudden and short burst of running, passing and a header (or a reverse kick or a tap) into the Goooooaaaaaallllllll!!

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SwiftKanban v. 3.5.5

We’re back with SwiftKanban ver.3.5.5 with some exciting new features.

Analytics Reloaded!
You now have access to all your charts in a single view. They can be resized and placed wherever you want. Also, individual charts now have their own filters that override the common filter.

SwiftKanban - Analytics Widgets

SwiftKanban – Analytics Widgets

Signing up for SwiftKanban just became a lot easier - You can now sign up using an existing Google account making the entire process quicker and a lot simpler. Read More…

The Enigma of Employee Productivity

workSatya Nadella, in his first interview after taking over as CEO of Microsoft, said that his “quest” is to create a company “where people find deep meaning at work”. This struck me as very different. CEOs normally don’t talk of “quest” and “deep meaning”, they usually talk of stuff like increasing market share, profits, innovation, etc. Many questions kept popping in my mind; like- –Is he really serious about “deep meaning at work” thing? We understand it benefits the individual, but does it benefit the company? Do employees who find deep meaning at work create a better company?

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