I have been researching what employees really want from employers and fellow employees for more than two decades. Appreciation tops the list.
The eminent psychologist William James observed: “The deepest craving of human nature is the need to be appreciated.”
Feeling appreciated and being willing and able to show appreciation to others are foundation stones of Heart-Leadership.
I'm a fan of former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis. In his book 'Adults in the Room' Yanis says:
"We can not subcontract the discussions about what is proper, what is just, what is fair, what is right, to some algorithm, to any algorithm - even to the most fascinatingly brilliant algorithm. These are always going to be the result of debate, of dialogue, of ‘agora’ in the ancient Greek tradition. Of sitting around and discussing until the cows come home - there is no escape from that.”
The rage is everything digital. I believe it's overrated. Yes digital has an important place in the future yet only in my view if it enhances the human experience and solves human problems.
Most of the talk and the reality is about making more stuff. Most of us don't need anymore stuff!
The future I want to co-create is about being better humans. The future is all about being decisively human in a decidedly digital world.
All human beings have aspirations. New world of work leaders know intimately the aspirations of their colleagues and therefore can have both appreciation and accountability conversations. These are foundational to healthy debate and dialogue.