Making Work Meaningful

Make Work Meaningful | Apr 14, 2010
By: Dave & Wendy Ulrich

This morning, you got out of bed and got ready for work. You may have found a sense of meaning, purpose, even abundance in your work today–or found world-weary tedium, frustration, and despair. Which was it for you, and for the people you lead?

Friedrich Nietzsche notes:
      He who has a why to live can bear with almost any how.

People who have a why to work can bear with almost any how. Organizations are primary settings not only for accomplishing assignments but also for finding an abiding sense of meaning in life. Work is a universal setting in which to pursue our universal search for meaning. Great leaders create a sense of abundance (meaning, purpose, hope, pleasure) that engages people and delivers value to stakeholders.