Monday, 24 August 2015

Things in my brain - part 1: ted

Buffy will become apparent later

So I've been absent again haven't I? I've written a couple of stunning blog posts in my seeming silence but sometimes it's just bad timing so they'll keep.

Firstly I want to tell you about a couple of teds. 

No not that ted. 


Not that one either. 

This ted. 

So I'm currently writing my dissertation for my Masters which is... well in all honesty, taking me far longer than I thought when combined with a full time job. But anyway, as part of it I am looking at different leadership models and I came across this talk by Simon Sinek:  

You can watch it there if you like but it struck me. He says "People don't buy what you do; people buy why you do it" and I think that's a fabulously eloquent way to explain a lot of motivation. Lots of people do the same thing but everyone does it for a slightly different reason. 

He goes on to explain most people problem solve and when think 'What'  'How' 'Why' in that order and that's potentially backwards. What are you going to do? How are you going to do it? Why are you doing it? The latter probably being the least of your concern. Yes you can answer 'Why' superficially with 'to save money', 'to progress with my career', 'to get my name out there' - but why do we want those things? All those reasons feel like something we should want rather than things we actually do. 'To save money to buy my own house and settle in one place' that's a full reason. 'to progress with my career so I can become what I have always wanted to be' that's perfectly acceptable to. But how many people actually are doing those things because of those reasons or are they just going through the motions? (See that's where Buffy comes in). 

If we sorted out why we do things before we think about how or what we might be a lot more motivated and a lot happier along the way!!! So my new goal - work out why before how and what.