The humerus is a funny bone.
Being totally fascinated by everything to do with the human body, I am trying to fully understand the functional anatomy of this bone. It’s designed to transmit energy from the largest muscle masses in the human body, and to conversely transmit and dissipate reactive forces. This is a wonderful thing.
In times of complexity, there are a few approaches I find helpful. I’ll list them here:
- Study, explore to achieve understanding.
- Take postitive action to work on and resolve the complexity.
- Recognize the very irony of life itself – there is always humor in it!
Using these approaches, I have found it is possible to create valuable meaning, even in the presence of immense challenge. This is the secret to being “undaunted.” It is not about laughing off challenge, it’s about being in touch with reality in the most meaningful way. It takes hard work and effort to understand.
Our administrative team had the opportunity to meet with professor Dan Ariely at Duke University. He is in charge of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. Yes, that’s funny! (He is quite a serious person, ironically.)
Please consider taking a moment to watch one of his talks on TED: “What makes us feel good about our work?”
With all the stresses we have experienced over the last year, this talk provided me some insight and understanding, supported by data.
- We should probably add all kinds of things to (our understanding of work): meaning, creation, challenges, ownership, identity, pride, etc.
- People seeing the results of their labor – even for a short time – is important.
- The less appreciated we feel our work is, the more money we want to do it.
- Eliminating motivation seems to be incredibly easy, and if we don’t think about it carefully, we might overdo it!
Without meaning, most of us would not do much of anything – it’s certainly true of me. And I appreciate all of the folks here who display their pride and commitment to the mission and the meaningful work of “the Brody,” right here in Greenville.