The School of Life for Business

The School of Life is a global organisation helping people lead more fulfilled lives.

We teach 20 emotional skills to help businesses thrive in the modern economy.

 

 

Purpose

Day-to-day work can all too easily make us feel bored or burnt out. For many of us, this is when we start fantasising about changing careers. But what we most often need is to feel reconnected to our underlying values and the long-term impact of the work at hand.

In this two-hour session, we will:

• Rediscover our motivations and values and learn to prioritise among them

• Explore five different areas of work in which we can find meaning

• Spend time reflecting on our professional role and its place in our organisation

• Create an action plan which helps us scale up our deeper sense of purpose
 

Definition

Purpose is the skill of identifying and integrating one’s own drivers and motivators at work.


What characterises mastery of this skill?

Employees with a good sense of purpose are able to find meaning in their work and understand the good their work ultimately does in the world at large. They identify what is most important to them and make peace with necessary sacrifices. With a realistic view of their workplace, they adjust expectations and feel fulfillment at work. They talk enthusiastically about their job and create an atmosphere of motivation and interest.


What characterises a lack of this skill?

Employees with a lack of purpose at work might have forgotten or never reflected on why they do their job and how it contributes to a greater good or a personal value. They might feel bored and dissatisfied with their job and complain to colleagues or even customers about it. As a result, employees lacking purpose struggle with motivation and interest at work and might work as little as possible, demonstrating low job performance.
 

Testimonials

‘It made me realise that you should value your work and the impact you have on others’

'Remembering purpose, both the greater good and in my life, is crucial to getting the most out of work’

‘I learned that there is value in every task’.


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