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The Unseen Toll of High Pressure

Why Good Jobs Go Bad (Part 5)

Since the Industrial Revolution, we’ve been captivated by the efficiency of the assembly line, leading us to treat workers as if they were machines. The logic seems simple: adjust a machine’s settings, and it’ll work faster. Maybe if we tweak this policy, our staff will also work faster. While this mindset might seem universally applicable, let’s consider its impact on a specific industry.

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The Game Feels Rigged

Why Good Jobs Go Bad (Part 4)

Do you ever feel bogged down by complacency and resentment at work? We often experience times when our work feels unrewarding, disorganized, or inequitable. How we respond to these challenges shapes our long-term career success and mental well-being. Stick with me to find ways to win the work game by managing expectations, staying engaged, and avoiding resentment.

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You Are Replaceable

Why Good Jobs Go Bad (Part 3)

Shortly after getting married, I wanted to supplement my income. So, I interviewed for a night job restocking shelves at Wal-Mart. When the conversation turned to pay and work expectations, my expression betrayed my astonishment at the meager pay. The hiring manager said, “Don’t worry. You’re replaceable. If you don’t want this job, someone else will.”

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Clashing Values Can Erode Trust

Why Good Jobs Go Bad (Part 2)

Do you know what motivates your company’s owners to get up and go to work every day? If so, you’re part of a small-but-engaged minority. Gallup research reveals that fewer than half of employees can confidently say they understand what sets their company apart. Even more startling, only 27% strongly believe in their company’s values. Without clear values and alignment, even the best job can go bad quickly.

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Blurry Vision Risks the Mission

Why Good Jobs Go Bad (Part 1)

We all want our work to have impact, but making a difference may be harder than it seems. Being effective as an employee requires us to adopt the company’s mission as our own. We must align our values with the aims of our teammates. But coordinated efforts and shared values depend on clear expectations and shared vision. This means we often must encourage our leaders to clarify their goals for us, especially when we are unsure about our priorities. Being proactive about clear communication will help your leaders create an environment that allows every team member to engage more fully in their daily work.

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A Morbid Question Worth Asking

How Logotherapy May Help You Discover Your Purpose

It’s impossible for me to fully grasp the despair felt by inmates in Nazi death camps near the end of World War II. The psychologist, Viktor Frankl, was among those trapped in indescribably horrific conditions. Yet, he emerged after three grueling years in Auschwitz bearing a message of hope. Despite having lost all recognizable liberty, he unearthed the most potent human freedom: the capacity to select one’s attitude, irrespective of the circumstances.

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Finding the Purpose of Work

Should It be Intrinsically Motivating?

Career satisfaction is not a one-size-fits-all concept. We may chase entrepreneurial endeavors or climb the corporate ladder. But no matter our career path, unique values, interests, and aspirations shape us all.

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Speaking at Station 2 Innovation in Bradenton, FL

Sharing a Talk: From Survival to Purpose

I recently had the privilege of speaking at Station 2 Innovation in Bradenton, Florida, where I delivered a talk entitled “From Survival to Purpose.” It was an enriching experience that allowed me to connect more deeply with their community of like-minded individuals and share insights on finding meaning and purpose in work.

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Monday Motivation Becomes Today with Purpose

A New Focus on Faith, Joy, and Making Your Mark

I want to offer a big “Thank you” to everyone who has been reading Monday Motivation since it launched in January 2023. I am in the middle of a brief hiatus from publishing the newsletter and realized several things I want to share with you.

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