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The DNA of the creative employee, Anna Porse - Growing Games 2015

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• The DNA of the creative employee
• A new type of employee
• Motivation
• Four archetypes
• Motivating the primadonna
• Good advice..

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The DNA of the creative employee, Anna Porse - Growing Games 2015

  1. 1. Growing Games September 3rd 2015 Anna Porse Nielsen Manto A/S
  2. 2. Content • Who am I? • The DNA of the creative employee • A new type of employee • Motivation • Four archetypes • Motivating the primadonna • Good advice..
  3. 3. My background • 9 years as CEO of my own company • 7 years in different organisations • Mentor for creative entrepreneurs • Board member of a number of cultural organisations • A degree in Political Science • A passion for leadership.
  4. 4. Point of departure • From the industrial economy to the knowledge and experience economy.   • Two fundamental shifts: • Post WW2: Modernity and identity as an individual project. • Increasing wealth: All our fundamental needs are covered.
  5. 5. A new type of employee • Industrial thinking => The creative class.. • Highly specialised employees with creativity at the core of their work: • Education • Strong professional values • Specialist status • Autonomy at work • Work as a ”calling” • Work has to have a higher purpose
  6. 6. Different theories.. • Classical motivational theory: Salary, social belonging and self actualisation • Popular recent motivational theory: Generation Y - Critical and spoiled from the start: Demands challenging tasks, no routine work and good leadership (but then came the financial crisis…) • Critical motivational theory: Traditional control (power) has been replaced by inner ideological control (protestant work ethics). • => Need for a new theory..
  7. 7. The primadonna theory
  8. 8. The$salary$worker$ ! "!Works!to!live! "!Thinks!in!terms!of!a!give!and!receive!balance! "!Acknowledges!the!values!of!the!profession!only!if! it!is!a!personal!advantage!without!costs! ! "Is!considered!almost!a!“here>c”!by!the!primadonna!! !
  9. 9. ! The!pragma*c! ! "!Pragma(c!approach!to!work! "!Priori(zes!according!to!work/life!balance! "!Work!is!not!the!primary!source!of!content!and! iden(ty! ! "!Shares!the!values!of!the!profession!but!is!unwilling! to!sacrifice!too!much! !
  10. 10. The$performance$tripper$$ ! To!types:!! *Extrovert:!Mo0vated!by!the!extrovert!performance,! acknowledgement!and!career! *Introvert:!Mo0vated!by!the!introvert!performance! (the!mountain!climber)! ! *!Will!accommodate!the!values!of!the!profession,! but!values!are!connected!to!individual!performance!
  11. 11. The$primadonna$ ! "Mo%vated!by!a!higher!purpose!(almost!a!“calling”)! and!a!wishes!to!make!a!difference! "Very!strong!values!and!ideals! "Apprecia%on!isn’t!mo%va%ng!by!itself!but!is!used!to! give!purpose!to!work! ! "!Work!is!a!primary!source!of!content!and!iden%ty!
  12. 12. Overview Source:(Helle(H.(Hedegaard( The$salary$ worker$ $ ( /(Works(to(live( /(Give/receive( balance( /(Acknowledges(the( values(of(the( profession(only(if(it(is( a(personal(advantage( without(costs( ( /Is(considered(a( hereAc(by(the( primadonna(( ( The$pragma0c$ $ ( /(PragmaAc(approach( to(work( /(PrioriAzes(according( to(work/life(balance( /(Work(is(not(the( primary(source(of( content(and(idenAty( ( /(Shares(the(values(of( the(profession(but(is( unwilling(to(sacrifice( ( The$performance$ tripper$$ ( /Extrovert:(MoAvated( by(the(extrovert( performance,( acknowledgement( and(career( /Introvert:(MoAvated( by(the(introvert( performance((the( mountain(climber)( ( /(Will(accommodate( the(values(of(the( profession,(but( values(are(connected( to(individual( performance( The$primadonna$ $ ( /MoAvated(by(a( higher(purpose( (“calling”)(and(a(wish( to(make(a(difference( /Very(strong(values( and(ideals( /AppreciaAon(isn’t( moAvaAng(by(itself( but(is(used(to(give( purpose(to(work( ( /(Work(is(a(primary( source(of(content( and(idenAty( Willingness(to(bring(sacrifices(
  13. 13. Do you recognise the primadonna?
  14. 14. How to lead the primadonna? Eksistential motivational factors Controllable motivational factors Emotional & psycho- logical state of mind
  15. 15. Existential motivational factors • The calling! • Search for meaning
  16. 16. Emotional & psycholo- gical state of mind • The kick - when everything makes sense • Flow and the search for flow • Identity
  17. 17. What can you do then??? • Shielding leadership • Authentic alignment between: • The values and ideals of the professional “tribe” • The outer expectations • The practical framework for the work • Feedback - praise & critique.
  18. 18. A bit of advice! • Think in terms of feeding “the calling” • Be courageous • Inspire and be passionate • Be generous • Protect and take care of your primadonnas and recognise that people are different..
  19. 19. Anna Porse Nielsen E: apn@manto.dk P: +45 5051 5225 T: annaporse

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