Many people expect other people or circumstances to motivate them at work. Perhaps we all need to take responsibility for our own motivation.
MPW Insider is an online community where the biggest names in business and beyond answer timely career and leadership questions. Today’s answer for: How do you stay motivated at work? is written by Barbara Dyer, president and CEO of The Hitachi Foundation.
In the movie, Dead Poets Society, high school English teacher John Keating (played by Robin Williams) prompts his defiant poetry students to find a new perch from which to view the world. He has them get out from behind their desks and instead stand on top of them.
Similarly, my motivation is fueled by seeing new possibilities and sometimes, the best way to see these possibilities is from a new vantage point. While my career has taken many forms, all of my jobs have had two things in common: pursuing solutions to seemingly intractable problems; and helping organizations define and execute their strategy. Developing solutions to what…
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