Unconventional Workshop 9
1) Foster curiosity
2) Initiate activity
3) Gain relevant information
4) Discover possibilities
6) Commit to a project
7) Create ideas
8) Realize ideas
9) Test ideas, find success or failure
10) Use failure as a platform for new and better ideas
11) Repeat part or all of the process
12) Eventually, find achievement
Bonus – Ultimately, gain some level of mastery
What do inventors do? They discover possibilities and then make it possible.
What motivates us to work?
Where do we get our motivation from? Below, we will look at motivation from two different perspectives, comparing possibilities with goals.
Individual work-process motivation
Repeatable work habit motivation
Possibilities for Individual work-process
Envisioning possibilities is something only humans can do. Within their work-journey, Unconventional Expert can see possibilities.
Goals for repeatable work habits
Goals pertaining to repeatable work habits are generally predictable. Goals usually reflect a standard path of upward mobility within a particular role, accompanied by a steady increase in income.
Possibilities are discovered. Small possibilities can be found within any of the steps of the individual work-process. Small possibilities influence big possibilities. Big possibilities are usually long term possibilities; a vision of a future reality that is possible.
Goals are set by both the worker and the company. Worker goals follow organizational goals.
Some level of mastery is the focus. Income follows achievement.
Monetary goals goals are very common. Sometimes they are related to compensation and increase with worker value. Sometimes workers make personal goals based on their current or future income.
Possibilities are impossible to track. A new possibility can instantly change everything.
Goals can be tracked and adjustments can be made along the way. Goals can change, but they are generally stable with small and incremental changes.
Fork in road ahead shows different possible direction
Giant leaps in improvement are possible, with risk
See life as it could be, if road is taken
Road leads to consistent direction
Slow improvements are expected and desirable
Can predict life as it will probably be
Motivation to work takes all or part of individual work-process. work takes special characteristics as work i
Motivation to work comes easier as habits make activity more automatic.
Reward is not instantly guaranteed as failure and overcoming failure is a part of the individual work-process. Reward is
Reward and gratification is completed work and predictable progress.
Traditional Establishment Experts can easily see what the skills look like within their vocation and mastery is easily recognized. Generally, career goals follow established guidelines and both title and compensation options have industry accepted paths. Leadership responsibilities, in the form of management roles or lead-by-influence responsibilities, can expand career options. Because Traditional Establishment Experts can also be Unconventional Experts, expert-treks can expand into unconventional directions.
Unconventional Experts and career goals
Unconventional Experts forge their own path. They inherently commit to projects within their individual work-process. Committing to a project immerses them within their vision and their vision is made up of possibilities. Unconventional Experts can and do commit to career goals, however, it is possibilities that truly motivates them, at every step of the individual work-process.
Unskilled-to-midskilled (non-expert) career goals
It is not unusual for unskilled and midskilled workers to advance their careers to expert-level and/or leadership expert roles. Because anyone can become an Unconventional Expert, regardless of educational background, there is always an open invitation to take one’s career in this unconventional direction. Becoming an Unconventional Expert is a possible career goal, however, seeing possibilities is the key to getting there.
Mothers are the world’s most prolific Unconventional Experts.
Structuring the unstructured and instilling good habits is what mothers do best.
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