In the book “Great at Work: How Top Performers Work Less and Achieve More,” Dr. Morten T. Hansen (Professor of Management at the University of California, Berkeley) discusses results from a survey of over 5,000 employees.
In one key section of the survey, Dr. Hansen analyzes purpose versus passion as key drivers of employees’ work performance.
Some of the key takeaways from the survey are that purpose clearly overtakes passion, and passion alone doesn’t motivate good work performance.
The stars were those who had both – passion and purpose.
“Purpose mobilizes us to go beyond average. We become dedicated when we feel we’re making contributions to a larger purpose beyond our ego.”
Because if there is a genuine and well-integrated business mantra – a higher purpose – it will be the daily reminder and motivator for everybody to go out there to continue delivering great work results.
The purpose is the ingredient that drives us to complete tasks beyond service or a product offer. The contribution to the bigger picture is key to nurture a healthy corporate culture.
Purpose motivates, energizes, and mobilizes beyond working hours and salaries.
So at the end of the day, that’s what drives all of us – a profession that provides a source of meaning to us.
We become dedicated when we feel we’re making contributions to a larger purpose beyond our ego.