From Talent to Mastery to Success in Business and at Work

My esteemed friend and colleague Ernie mused during his sermon today as our worship associate for this Labor Day Sunday about the transition  our work / business paradigm needs to make from TOP, as illustrated by Good to Great Author Jim Collins:

  • Talent
  • Opportunity
  • Passion

Collins suggests that you ask yourself the following three questions in order to find work you love:

A. What are you deeply passionate about?

B. What are you genetically encoded for — what activities do you feel just “made to do?”

C. What makes economic sense — what can you make a living at?

Find or create work that allows you to do the things that are located at the intersection of the three circles (the sweet spot), and you’ll have the basis for a great work life.


To Drive Author Daniel Pink’s:

  • Mastery
  • Autonomy
  • Purpose

When it comes to motivation, there’s a gap between what science knows and what business does. Our current business operating system–which is built around external, carrot-and-stick motivators–doesn’t work and often does harm. We need an upgrade. And the science shows the way. This new approach has three essential elements: 1. Autonomy – the desire to direct our own lives. 2. Mastery — the urge to get better and better at something that matters. 3. Purpose — the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves.

Ernie reiterated Pink’s assertion that MAP is not only the realm of the Millennials, but is essential for all of us who find purpose in our work, in order for us as individual practitioners and for business as a whole to keep moving to the next level, authentically.

To continue Ernie’s conversation a bit longer:

  • I have several Talents, singing is one of them, and it is a source of immense pleasure for me; however, in Pink’s paradigm, I have not Mastered singing yet, which is why I willingly continue to sing in choir under Gary’s watchful ear and eye;
  • In Collins’ Opportunities, I must rely on others to hire me to sing; in Pink’s paradigm, I record myself singing and upload myself on YouTube, removing the middle man and creating my own Autonomy (and the operative, wonderful word here is creative);
  • In Collins’ Passion, I sing because I love to sing; in Pink’s paradigm, I sing in choir as part of a greater Purpose to connect the spiritual and core value dots as part of a larger, interconnected web.

While I have always enjoyed Collins’ Venn Diagram appetizer, I must admit I prefer Pink’s cocktail party summary more.  Here’s a review of my vocational and business purpose:

It is literally true

that you can succeed best and quickest

by helping others to succeed.

I look forward to learning more about your Purpose as well as Your Mastery and Autonomy, as we continue this wonderful journey to support each other’s success in business and at work.

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