Yes You Can

Yes You CanAs hurricanes played out in the US over the past weeks, heartwarming stories also emerged about people who took the initiative to help others, even risking their own health and well-being to be of service to those who needed their aid.  There was a 13-year-old boy who floated an air mattress around his neighborhood, rescuing neighbors.  And a nun who got out a chain saw to get a tree off someone’s car.

But heroism doesn’t need to be big or risky.  In fact, the simplest of acts can be the most meaningful when people need it the most.  Again and again, in the face of fears and tears, people called and texted each other, and when the water receded, what stood out for the survivors were the messages that said, “Yes, you can.  You are capable.  You are resilient.  I believe in you.” Continue reading

Systematically Killing Progress

Systematically Killing ProgressMcKinsey published an article in January 2012 (How leaders kill meaning at work, by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer) that notes: “A multiyear research project whose results we described in our recent book, The Progress Principle, found that of all the events that can deeply engage people in their jobs, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.”  This finding is not dissimilar to what author Daniel Pink found in his research: “there are three factors that the science shows lead to better performance, not to mention personal satisfaction: autonomy, mastery, and purpose.” Continue reading