There is a lot of writing out there on the psychology behind ‘what makes people happy’ both in their personal life and in their career. From Maslow’s ‘Hierarchy of Needs’ to Tony Robbins ‘6 Basic Human Needs’ to Ben Hunt-Davis’ ‘Will it Make the Boat Go Faster’ and the wealth of other research available online, including hundreds of TED Talks – all these key studies and stories have similar underlying fundamentals pillars to thrive towards:
If you’re not growing in experience or overcoming challenges, it can feel like you’re moving backwards. The psychological impacts of being unsatisfied for 40+ hours a week is monumental to your personal life. Make sure you’re investing in your own skills, taking on more than you did yesterday and set long term goals. Have several long term goals and don’t be afraid of evolving the goals as you go. Dream big and work hard.
Being valued in a Team
The social architecture of the team is vital to carry people through tough times. Work with others – you don’t always need to be best friends but you do need to know how to be best collaborators. In the words of Sir Alex Ferguson: “There is no room for criticism on the training field. For a player – and for any human being – there is nothing better than hearing ‘well done’. Those are the two best words ever invented in sports.”
Work on team dynamics, create clear communication structures and review regularly. There’s a great story about the Ferrari Formula1 pit team reviewing the communication strategy of Great Ormond Street Hospital – with the analysis and implementation by the F1 team, they managed to reduce life threatening communication breakdown incidents by 40%!
This key factor is probably the most undervalued yet the most crucial to the long term success & engagement of inter-departmental teams. You can call it company culture, community, company values, philosophy, belief system – whatever you like – but it behaves like an organism. You can’t just decide & dictate the community, it has to actively cultivate from the grassroots to the board and back again. Hiring with values in mind saves fortunes in ineffective expensive hires so invest in the culture.
To find your environment to thrive in can be difficult. If you know what you’ve wanted to do since a child, you’re one of the lucky ones. For the rest of us, it can take a lot of hard work, repetitive analysis, a little bit of luck and a good social support network. If you think it’s time for a change, browse our current job openings or get in touch to find out if we’ve got your dream job!
This blog post was co-written by Danny Stewart.
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