Brian Mohr, Co-Founder & VP of Growth, Y Scouts
Evolution of Management - The way we hire and manage employees has evolved over the centuries. Historically (industrial revolution, scientific management) people were hired and supervised to perform specifically-designed tasks, with a great focus on optimizing productivity. We still see the effects of those roots today. Later, the bureaucracy developed, and behavioral management emerged between the 1920s to 1950s to focus more on the real needs of employees. In recent decades we've seen much emphasis on management science (six sigma, lean) ad its main focus remained often on process or productivity rather than on people.
State of our Workplace Today - Despite contemporary thought leaders (like Peter Drucker, or the emergence of Servant Leadership), today's workplace still produces much unproductive stress, eliminates much creativity and inspiration, and is characterized by high levels of disengagement. This in turn leaves significant opportunities for productivity, growth, and profitability on the table.
Research on Purpose – One of the key pieces we believe is missing is “purpose”. In Daniel Pink’s research on what really motivates people, he finds that purpose is one of the three main drivers. In Gallup’s research into why people follow, “hope” is one of the main factors. Dr. Seligman’s research in the area of positive psychology shows that having a sense of purpose is a key route to high well-being. Purpose is good for people, but for business as well. A range of studies has demonstrated the far-superior results that purpose-driven companies obtain over their money-driven counterparts.
Implications for You – For most companies this means there is a need t0 discover what their purpose is, to communicate, Y Scouts is proposing three main implications. First, what is your purpose? What are you most passionate about, and what are you doing to pursue that? Second, how can you help others find and pursue that? Second, how can you help others find and pursue their purpose? You have great influence over your existing employees (casting them in the right roles) as well as your new hires (interviewing them for fit and purpose). And thirdly, how can you develop and focus your managers and employees on their strengths? To allow purpose to thrive, managers will need to respect the employee for who he/she is and focus on bringing the best out in them.
What We Do – How Y Scouts can help