Duncan Coombe with the Harvard Business Review reflects on an emotion that’s too often overlooked in business and asks; “If just about every person on the planet has at some point spoken about the centrality of love to well-being, why do we hear so little about it in the context of work?”
“One of the toughest things about a rut is acknowledging that you are in one,” says Daniel Gulati, a tech entrepreneur and author.
Even exciting jobs have boring days. And when you’ve been doing the same tasks, going to the same office, and working with the same people day in and day out, you’re bound to fall into a rut on occasion. When that happens, how do you recognize what’s happening and counteract it? What can you do to revive your interest in your work?
Here’s some great information from Gulati, and esteemed University of Michigan researcher and professor, Gretchen Spreitzer about how to do just that, including a couple of very useful case examples:
What does the Dalai Lama have to teach psychologists about joy and contentment?
You’d think a scientifically literate and technologically sophisticated society that has established the pursuit of happiness as an unalienable right would know a little more about what the damn thing entails. But scientists long ago ceded the investigation of happiness to ministers, novelists, therapists, travel agents, brewers, ad executives and vice squads. (Read more below.)
As an entrepreneur I have to be totally self-motivating and I know every one of these is important in being productive, engaged and focused on the right things.
When I coach executive clients, I find it is the rare leader who does not feel that they always have more work to do than they can get done, and that they all welcome ways that they can do more of the high value work and maintain a sense of ongoing progress and accomplishment.
Not a usual topic of this blog, but so fascinating I couldn’t resist.
Read Psychologist Barbara Fredrickson’s short list of new knowledge founded in scientific research about love — it will surprize you and change the way you think about this important subject. Even Dr.Fredrickson says she and learned some lessons in the process!