Wake up. Shower. Eat breakfast. Coffee. Commute. Work. Whether we like it or not we are creatures of habit. Just like any of the routines listed above, our day focuses on the “how” we will continue our routines, but we often forget the “why.” We forget what drives or motivates us to select the routines we keep, and discard those of our choosing. The answer lies in asking ourselves “why”? Years ago, I began asking myself “why” more often after watching a video that focused on the source of great leadership- a topic featured on TED Talks. In summary, asking “why” was a determinative factor that drives individuals to be their most successful selves. Interestingly, it allowed those individuals to inspire and motivate not only themselves, but those around them as well.
This very common phrase is not used commonly enough in the office. It is used when someone burps or two individuals cross paths, but are they used enough in the workplace? The current trend in office design is an open concept. Cubicles with 6ft. high walls are out, and pods are in. Offices don't have doors or if they do, they are made of glass, as is the remainder of the office. The best leaders want everyone to be part of the team. We are also in the midst of communal office space, such as WeWork.
I recently attended a dinner party at the home of one of my wife’s friends. Her husband, whom I did not know introduced himself, and asked what I did for a living. I told him I was in the financial services business financing and leasing equipment for companies that chose not to pay cash for various reasons.