The way we’re working isn’t working

Demand is exceeding our capacity.  The ethic of “more, bigger, faster” exacts a series of silent pernicious cost at work, undermining our energy, focus, creativity and passion.  Nearly 75 percent of employees around the world feel disengaged at work every day.

We are neglecting the four core needs that energize great performance:

  1. Sustainability (physical)
  2. Security (emotional)
  3. Self-expression (mental)
  4. Significance (spiritual)

Rather than running like computers at high speeds for long periods, we’re at our best when we pulse rhythically between expending and regularly renewing energy accross each of our four needs.

Organisations undermine sustainable high performance by forever seeking to get more out of people.  Instead they should seek systematically to meet their four cores needs so they’re freed, fueled and inspired to bring the best of themsleves to work every day.

From The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz


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