A few years ago I experienced a time in my life and career that really “rocked my soul.” It was not the struggle in building my first business from scratch. It was not the challenges in my second business of bringing in enough income to pay our bills.
It was a moment when I realized that we had made it to the top of this particular mountain. We had been climbing this mountain for over 3 years! We finally made it!! I took a virtual “look around” and what this was all about. And then a thought entered my mind that “chilled me to the bone”. What was that thought?
“So….this is IT????
Let me explain so I do not send out an incorrect message. It was exciting to take a company from scratch to the top of the mountain. There were some great moments. I want to say that to this day I am very grateful for the opportunity we had at that moment in time. The problem was not the situation, the problem was me. I thought that the trip to the top would bring me happiness. When I got to the top and did not have happiness, I was incredibly disappointed to say the least.
This is why it hit me the way it did . I was in pursuit of happiness rather than meaning. There is nothing wrong with being happy. Many workplaces have incredible amenities and things to make employees “happy”. Complimentary gym memberships, office parties, amenities. But what are they doing to help the team find “meaning” in the things that they do everyday? This is essentially what “engagement” can look like for teams.
One of the best resources to dig deeper on this thought is the classic book “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor E. Frankl. He was a Jewish psychiatrist who was sent to the Nazi concentration camps during WWII. He helped create a way of looking at the world called “Logo Therapy”. Logus denotes meaning, and so Logo Therapy is essentially “looking to the future for meaning”. This is not just a great personal way of looking at life, but also has some incredible business applications.
“Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms- to chose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to chose ones own way.”
The Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment can help your team find meaning. The Gallup Q12 survey can help ID and find the soft spots. We welcome the opportunity to have a conversation with you and your company. Helping TEAMS find meaning gives us meaning.
May you and your TEAM find meaning in 2019. And may you discover what you are REALLY seeking.