Autonomy, Mastery, and Purposes: Essential Needs of a Vision Enactor

© 2011 Casey Rowe

In his book Drive, Daniel H. Pink identifies autonomy, mastery and purpose as integral components to the human condition. To a Vision Enactor (VE) these three needs are intrinsic and extrinsic motivators for getting things done!

Autonomy is a good starting point for understanding how VEs initiate action. Following soon we will explore how mastery and purpose drive VEs to deliver exceptional results.

Sure, we go to work for a paycheck, but VEs have drive far beyond what gets deposited in their bank account. They understand that mundane tasks are part of a larger purpose. For example, VEs who are part of a new, local farmers market initiative to let the community know about its existence will see creating signs, bulletins, and flyers as an opportunity to become engaged in a way that promotes and brings awareness to the community about the market’s health benefits rather than as a boring, mundane task. And because they see this task as an opportunity to contribute to the greater good, they will autonomously engage and get the work done rather than see it as a purposeless exercise that whittles away the minutes until its time to go home for the day.

VEs are capable of being engaged without constant prodding. To do this, VEs need trust and freedom to follow through on the task at hand. Someone looking over their shoulder frequently or micromanaging their time and efforts can impede the task. VEs need to be trusted and will come through while almost always exceeding expectations.

Doesn’t that sound like someone you want on your team?

Casey Rowe is a career consultant and employee selection specialist. She is a member of the Vision Enactors Collective. You can learn more about her here and on her website:

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