This idea of control and engagement is fascinating. I can look back over my work career and recall times when I felt controlled vs. engaged. Even those wonderful days at McDonalds as a college student where I was fraught with McCompliance.
I like the phrase that “autonomy leads to engagement.” Is it really true that 50% of employees are not engaged at work. Basically, if you are engaged then the person next to you is not. Or said another way, 20% of people are actively disengaged. Monetarily we are looking at $300 billion in lost productivity. Page 111 of Drive.
My favorite quote in the book was “Figure out for yourself what you want to be really good at, know that you’ll never really satisfy yourself that you’ve made it, and accept that that’s okay.” p.121 Robert B. Leich Former U.S Secretary of State
Mastery hurts…It takes 10 years of intense practice to become great. Painful, excruciating effort…