There was always something missing.
Even in the best of companies I worked for, there was always something missing that would dampen my enthusiasm and my engagement in work.
Often it was office politics.
Sometimes it was a bully.
Many times it wasn’t safe to share my true thoughts
Then there was the meaningless work ⏤ even in organizations with a grand purpose.
This list is just the tip of the iceberg, but I often felt like an alien in the workplace.
And when I had real conversations with many of my colleagues, I learned that they felt the same way too.
But the vast majority of people really didn’t seem to care or buried their true feelings deep inside.
Now you know why“What do people really lack and long for at work?” is one of the core questions in my interviews.
My intention is to increase awareness and understanding of what people really want and lack at work and do something about it.
It’s one of the things few people talk about and even fewer try to address.
But we can’t move forward if we don’t.
I recently released 70 Top Leaders on What People Really Lack and Long For on Leanpub. It’s one of six books in the Be a Workplace of the Future NOW Series.
This book is an abridged collection of the most intriguing insights and responses to this question.
I hope you will pick up a copy and let me know what you think. It’s updated periodically and will evolve as long as I continue to do the Exploring Forward Thinking Workplace interviews and conversations.
To your great work life & success!