This week, John and I traveled to Orlando for the annual Chick-fil-A seminar. Since this year’s event was in Orlando, we were able to arrive early to visit with some family and friends, which is always a bonus!
Some highlights from seminar include:
- Chick-fil-A renting out Universal for us
- Going to Epcot with our friends Justin and Megan
While at seminar, we also heard from several great speakers whose talks resonated with the idea of meaningful work. One of the first speakers was Daniel Pink, New York Times bestselling author, who spoke on the truth about what motivates. He stated that three key motivators for enduring performance include (1) autonomy, (2) mastery, and (3) purpose.
- Autonomy: Since 2000, Gallup has measured that only 3 in 10 people are actively engaged in their work. We engage by having self-direction over our time, team, technique, and task.
- Mastery: It is inherently satisfying to get better at things. One study that measured thousands of people asked each person at the end of each day, “How was your day?” They found that making progress in meaningful work is the single biggest motivator.
- Purpose: In a university call center, employees that for 5 minutes before work read letters from people benefitting from school donations raised 2 times the amount of money. The “why” is inherently motivating.
The key takeaway for me is to ask at the start of each day, “How can I make progress on meaningful work today?” I want to also answer, “Why is this work meaningful?”
The final speaker at seminar was Tim Tassopoulos, Senior Vice President of Operations for Chick-fil-A. He ended seminar with a topic I am very passionate about lately: Daring Greatly. He offered an intriguing challenge for us to determine a few strategic bets that we are willing to make on work this year.
- Regarding strategic bets, he asked, “What are you willing to invest a disproportionate amount of targeted resources in that has the potential to change your business’s growth trajectory?”
- He finished with saying, “There is a difference between working on it and making a strategic bet… Lifting words off the page to make them reality requires us to dare greatly.”
For me, these topics of meaningful work and strategic bets are tied together. Like I’ve mentioned on the blog before, I have a million things I want to do in a day and several dreams I want to work on. I need to answer these questions for myself:
What dreams do I focus on – “bet on” – now and which do I let simmer for later? What daily actions are catalysts for long-term growth?
What about you: What strategic bets towards meaningful work are you making this year? Let’s dare greatly together and lift words off of the page (or blog) to make them reality!