What if you were allowed to be your best self at work?
This is the title of a talk delivered by Dan Cable at the London Business School about what the best self is and how to bring it everywhere you go.
We’re having a best-self crisis. In a Gallup poll cited by Cable, 20% of people feel at their jobs, they’re able to do the thing they do best every day. 20 out of 100! That’s it!
What are the other 80% missing?
They’re missing passion. They’re missing waking up in the morning and being excited to get to work — even if it’s not Friday.
They’re missing potential. They’re missing what they could do if they put themselves into it.
They’re missing who they are. They’re missing their own selves. They’re traveling around all day without a sense of self, and what all that means.
They’re on autopilot — and they’re the majority.
So let’s go back to discussing the 20% who do what they love. Those are the people who come to work with full hearts, and who accomplish great goals because they bring themselves there.
From personal need. From hunger. From want to do something that makes them better, that makes their customers better, that makes their surroundings better.
Push your employees to get into that 20%. Otherwise, your teams are flying on autopilot.
Quite often the team is comprised of people who are passionate but the manager also needs them to do things that they are not passionate about. So … to do the small amount of the work they are passionate about they have to put up with doing the thing they don’t like doing.