Creating an Organization that Values Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

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I’ve been reading the book Drive by Daniel Pink recently which, among other things spends time examining what really motivates us. If you haven’t seen the video that’s been circulating a lot, check it out here.

Three things that he figures out (sorry for the spoiler) is the idea that we’re motivated by the desire to be autonomous, have purpose, and to master a skill or job.

Here are some of my thoughts…

Although the 8BIT Network is not a perfect organization by any stretch of the imagination (ask any of them about that truth!) I have made attempts to make sure that these three elements deeply rooted with our team.

Autonomy:

In terms of autonomy I give them complete freedom to execute on the projects that they are most passionate about and ask them to leverage their unique gifts and skills to their utmost. Although they do have to do a few things that they aren’t extremely jazzed about at times we try to keep that to a minimum at all times.

In addition, we are near 99% remote and so they get to do what they want, where they want and when they want. We only have 1 meeting a week which keeps productivity high.

Purpose:

In terms of purpose that almost goes without saying. All of our team is desperately committed to serving Christ and His kingdom with technology. We have an amazing purpose which is best stated in our Mission Statement:

To Resource the Church.

Simple and memorable. Very actionable. We’ve got work to do!

Mastery:

Finally, I support their efforts to be the best that they can be in the areas that they enjoy the most.

I want them to become masters at software development, design, community management, writing, or whatever else that drives them. I know for myself that this is one of the most rewarding freedoms that I’ve experienced and has deeply motivated me to do my very best.

I’ve found a lot to appreciate in Pink’s work and I would definitely suggest reading it through for yourself and your team.

How are you motivating your team? How are you best motivated?

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John Saddington

I am the CEO of 8BIT and a Full Time Entrepreneur/a>. I like what I do.

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  1. says

    Spoiler or not- this is precise, a laser beam to the epicenter of our work ethic.

    My motivation lies in the desire to see results. To see steps towards completion. And to see that accomplished. Once a goal is accomplished I must move to the next. No time to revel- there’s the next step. (but I focus on one thing at a time.)

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