November 4, 2022
The great philosopher Aristotle once shared that the pursuit of happiness is the central purpose in human life.
I have learned that if you try to ascertain what people really want—and you do this by asking probing questions and listening—you can help them achieve much of what they desire. I found that this is an effective way of getting more people to participate and open up. Ultimately, if you can help others achieve what they would like then you can also achieve what you would like.
There are five or six major aspirations most people desire both in their professional and personal lives. Even Anthony Robbin’s shared that success and happiness can be found by meeting the 6 core human needs. In 2008, Google did a significant study they referred to as “Project Oxygen” to help discover if there are common traits amongst their most successful leaders. Termed or coined ‘Oxygen’ because they consider managers to be the lifeblood of an organization. Google confirmed that these characteristics (italicized below) indeed lead to better outcomes, and I thought it would be worthwhile to share an overview.
So what do people really want?
Perhaps this list is of no surprise. However, consistency and authenticity in the way they are applied is what really makes an impact.
As we work towards our goals in business and in life, it’s important to understand how others can achieve the six meaningful aspirations. How can you help them find happiness, make a contribution, feel significant, have certainty, grow and experience variety? Bring others along with you as you seek to find these desired states of being. While you’re pursuing fulfillment on our journey, it’s important to recognize that others also want to achieve these aspirations in their life.
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I believe in playing to my strengths, and building relationships is very important to me both in life, business and investing. One advantage is that it provides the ability to network. For many years, I’ve been told that I am effective at networking, which I define as the exchange of information, ideas and resources. At […]
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Are you playing a finite game or an infinite game? Purpose, Passion and Principles Do you have a mission in life that is consistent with your purpose? Do you have a strong principled alignment of your personal and professional life? I learned that before I figured out what I wanted to do, I needed to […]