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purpose in work interview with francesco carbone - intrinsic motivation

Corporate Culture, Goose-Bumps, Intrinsic Motivation

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Does Your Job Give you "Goose-Bumps" of Excitement?

Allow yourself to forget about titles, forget about salary benchmarks. Just think about what you want to create.

Francesco Carbone 

COO, Kenjo
Francesco shares his personal story of giving up everything to explore and learn about new cultures, and his challenges in translating that into something that made sense when he returned home, and the ying-yang between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
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My Thoughts on the Conversation

Francesco shares with us personal experience of just not wanting to get out of bed in the morning. He tells of his journey of finding purpose and how that took him on a journey across the United States.

I'm sure many of us have had those morning where you just don't want to get out of bed, and question why on earth we are doing this. I certainly have had those moments. Two, in particular have shaped my journey. One where I realised if I stopped doing what I was doing, no one would really care, and another moment of awakening whilst washing dishes looking in a grey, wet November sky.

Francesco took a more radical approach, giving up his possessions and traveling to the West Coast USA to learn how work doesn't have to be just about 'turning up', and how to find your personal 'flow'. It was really interesting to hear about the culture shock, both in going to the USA, and when returning and trying to share his experience in Germany.

The topic of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation was also interesting. Francesco discovered ownership and creativity can motivate way beyond the ability of duvet-days, foosball tables, parties and even salaries. I've certainly experienced this too. Novel incentives quickly become the "norm", and then they loose their 'wow factor', meaning companies have to create even more novel, whacky ideas to incentivise staff. The other approach is to encourage them to find meaning and purpose in their work, through some degree of autonomy, ownership and creativity.

Francesco talks about a "ying-and-yang" between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation, and how employers can help provide their teams with a purpose bigger than themselves to create that intrinsic motivation. These ideas are easy to say, but harder to achieve. In many companies the idea of giving staff autonomy and purpose seems almost impossible. Francesco agrees, the easiest thing to do is to throw a party, or have workplace food/drinks, but that only goes so far. He says it takes bravery to truly listen to what your teams need, and even more to act on it.

I thought his advice on goose-bumps was a very interesting perspective - does your work give you goose-bumps of excitement? Can your actions excite and motivate people in the same way?

I hope you enjoy the video, please let me know in the comments below.

I can't wait to learn more about his Military Police raid story, perhaps I'll be able to share that another time. 😁

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