Written by : Lori Figueiredo on Digilah (Tech Thought Leadership)
External rewards, such as fair pay, only AVOID dissatisfaction.
External rewards are NOT the most critical motivators.
Internal rewards are the most critical motivators. Striving towards a PURPOSE that is meaningful to you – is a powerful internal reward. It may include enjoying what you are doing and experiencing personal growth.
Even more powerful than this, is when we have a shared PURPOSE with those whom we respect and connect with. The larger common purpose we co-create with others is usually:
- aligned to our own personal purpose
- inspirational and uplifting so we connect to it emotionally and deeply
- aspirational as a breakthrough which goes beyond our current achievements
Based on these findings, we formulated the SYZYGY® PURPOSE. It is a tool to envisage and define your direction, value and roles of your ecosystem of Stakeholders. As we get clear on who are the right PEOPLE, co-creating a shared PURPOSE is the next habit.
A pre-defined PURPOSE ensures you target, track and measure the required IMPACT! We always need to begin with this end (shared PURPOSE) in mind to anchor, motivate and inspire ourselves and others.
Think about…? Do you have a clear picture of the impact of your efforts and activities on your organization and people?
How might you pre-define a shared PURPOSE as you engage your ecosystem of Stakeholders?
With your Stakeholders you discuss and define the broader purpose which is your collective value to the organization and/or larger community:
- Your breakthrough goals with concrete measurable indicators
- Your strategy which is simply your approach or plan to get there
Then you discuss and define the roles. This means you define and communicate what each Stakeholder group needs to:
- ACHIEVE = results
- DO = behaviours
- LEARN = knowledge, skills and attitudes
When you breakdown performance into very simple, clear and measurable terms, the desired IMPACT on organization performance and people performance becomes very clear.
This role clarity empowers and aligns each Stakeholder group to take targeted, critical and meaningful action. Once all your Stakeholders understand and are aligned to your breakthrough goals and strategy – this state of alignment is called SYZYGY. When aligned, with less effort we achieve greater results.
For example, while working, learning, and empowering people to improve their performance – we found it worked best when those involved imagined their own shared purpose.
In addition, we found when there is alignment, all the Stakeholders within the ecosystem share information and insights up and down the value chain every day. All those involved can then use this feedback loop to continuously improve what they LEARN and DO to ACHIEVE their shared PURPOSE.
Pre-defining and then targeting to impact the desired performance outcomes is one of the most critical advantages of using the SYZYGY® methodology. Let’s move onto the other 3 of the 5P framework…
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