You are reading the fourth article of the Purposeful Organization Concept series. In this series, I describe each section of a quadrant model. This model is based on two criteria. The first one is the level of desire for personal development. The second one is about the level of joined effort around a common goal. In a perfect world, high level personal development and a unifying purpose will enable people to improve the world by improving themselves while participating to a project. This series is a conceptual work in progress.
I could write more positive articles but I believe that if you do not raise your awareness about your current situation. You cannot change it. Consider the following: If you have an allergic reaction to one of my articles. It probably means that I am touching a pain point. It hurts because you were not really aware of.
I am not here to please you. I am here to support you deal with difficult topics. So that you can decide to change. I do not pretend to know it all but I share my observations with you. They seem right to me. I also understand it may sound wrong to you.
The topic of today’s article is the third quadrant of the model that I am conceiving right now. This concept must for sure be refined. Still, I find it interesting to play with different concept and evaluate if the aha moment I had few weeks ago can face the test of reality. Yes, I am ready to make mistakes in front of the world. I am not hiding.
A potential lack of coordination can be seen in some organizations. The freelancer organizations do not bring people together around a clear common goal. Nevertheless, their members are clear about their personal goals and desire to grow.
We will start by exploring the “personal development” axe and finish with the “unification around a common goal”.
High desire for growth
People with a high level of personal development can be recognized in the way they relate to themselves and with the world. They have a tendency to:
- look for or have a personal goal.
- are ready to put in the work to achieve their goal.
- want to improve themselves in various areas: knowledge, competences, communication, self-management…
- tend to cooperate with others to achieve their goals.
- build something to have a testimony of their work.
- focus on growth.
Each one of them has different skills, competencies and goals. You cannot compare the level of personal development of individuals. You can only compare their level of skills, competencies and knowledge. A young person with low level of skills can be classified in the high level of personal development. This decision is based on her desire to grow and to undertake effort to achieve her goal.
Not everyone wants to master a skill, a competence or an area of knowledge. It is neither bad or good. It is a personal trait (if we can call it that way) that come from intrinsic motivation.
High intrinsic motivation
The motivation of the person to act does not depend on an external factor but on an internal drive. The reason for this drive are various. Some people were impressed by an adult excelling in a specific field. They just wanted to be like them. Others fell in love with music, mathematic or any other topic and could not stop but wanted to dig deeper. They had kind of a revelation.
It is also possible that a person faced a personal life event that made her take a decision to achieve a goal. A parent who was ill, an injustice or any significant event where the person wished she could have done something. This enlights a desire to learn in order to change future situations.
To sum up, intrinsic motivation can come from:
- love of a topic / person
- personal event
- a reason why
A person has a strong reason why and undertakes any effort that brings her closer to her goal.
Low unification around a common purpose
In the case of a Freelancer company members have a low level of shared common purpose. Again, it is neither bad or good. It depends on the needs of the members and of the ones of the organization.
This can be recognized thanks to the following aspects:
- everyone works alone to achieve a personal goal.
- no unifying goal exist.
- indepence is highly valued.
- it has a legal structure.
- roles are more or less defined.
- communication takes place only if necessary.
- Work in groups is prefered when skills, competencies and knowledge are complementary.
- people do not know what others do but they pay attention to their contribution to the company.
In a freelancer company, employees are not unified around a common purpose. This has an impact on how its members interact with each other and how work is organized.
Is a freelancer company made for you?
As I always say, it depends on you and your needs. You need to ask yourself if you are up for individual work and the freedomyou receive.
Are you ready to work freely while being accountable to others in the organization?
You work in a company and may wonder how you could better serve the greater good. At the same time, the world has become more complex and confusing because or thanks to the apparition of the internet. A web of (potential) connections that changes the current balance.
Communication and exchanging ideas has never been faster and easier. However, it does not mean that we are using its full potential. We are learning to deal with it and many new ideas have to erupt in the collective mind for us to be able to profit from it.
Next time, I will talk about the purposeful organization. It is secretly my favorite one but you may like to find yourself in another quadrant. Register to the newsletter to receive a notification when the next articles come out: http://eepurl.com/dwgzLf