The Leader Learner Podcast

S02E21 The Creating Meaning At Work Episode

June 26, 2023 Theresa Destrebecq & Vincent Musolino Season 2 Episode 21
The Leader Learner Podcast
S02E21 The Creating Meaning At Work Episode
Show Notes


  • What do you think the purpose of life is?

Big Ideas:

  • Failing reference models
  • Shift from the meaning of crisis to the crisis of meaning
  • What's the meaning of work?
  • Reference models on how to live together (the Greek pantheon, organized religion, science, governments)
  • Does work give us meaning?
  • When we get the message that meaning at work is overrated
  • Effort in making community
  • In the past, work didn't need meaning because we got meaning elsewhere
  • Are organizations built to provide meaning to employees?
  • Cultural aspect of meaning making
  • People resigning because looking for meaning
  • Domains that provide meaning and purpose - autonomy and relatedness
  • People turning toward personal purpose because not finding it at work
  • Personal development focused on autonomous
  • Deriving meaning from volunteer work
  • Volunteering because it's heart-felt or because it's duty (someone told me to)
  • When your work touches your heart, do you need to volunteer to find meaning?
  • Universal income - will people still work?
  • If we don't want people to leave their work, people need to feel connected to their work and connected to the people they work with
  • Who's responsible for the meaning?
  • Meaning is so personal 
  • Individual why supporting the team shy
  • Companies giving time and space for employees for meaning-making
  • People want something more than just salary
  • Social, financial, and ecological aspects of meaning - measuring each
  • How are companies measuring social and ecological impact dimensions?
  • Is it a company's responsibility to provide meaning? 
  • Peace when you find meaning
  • The journey to create meaning is part of the process
  • Meaning as an evolutionary process

Resources Mentioned:

  • Healing Circles Global
  • Landmark Education
  • Find Your Why by Simon Sinek
  • Beyond Zero documentary

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