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One of the management theories I strongly believe in is —how to be sure we find happiness in our careers and what we do —is from Frederick Herzberg and Clayton Christian, who assert that the powerful motivator in our lives isn’t money as some of us might incorrectly believe; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements. 

I tell to my colleagues about a vision of sorts I have always had. I visualize one of my team members leave for work one evening after work with a relatively strong level of self-esteem. Then I pictured him driving home to her family, feeling unappreciated, frustrated, underutilized, and demeaned. I imagined how profoundly his lowered self-esteem affected the way she interacted with her children. The vision in my mind then fast-forwarded to another day, when he drove home with greater self-esteem—feeling that he had learned a lot, been recognized for achieving valuable things, and played a significant role in the success of some important initiatives. 

I then imagined how positively that affected his as a spouse and a parent. My conclusion: Management is the most noble of professions if it’s practiced well. No other occupation offers as many ways to help others learn and grow, take responsibility and be recognized for achievement, and contribute to the success of a team.

Posted by Nauman Jaffar on 27th November 2014
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