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Their second act teaches how to bring fulfillment to work.
Danny Gutknecht's deep insights culminate in a compelling call to action – to forge connections, cultivate agency, and ultimately unearth personal fulfillment in a world where meaning is the cornerstone of thriving.
Despite some high-profile tech layoffs, businesses around the country continue to struggle with high rates of employee attrition and lackluster recruitment efforts. Understanding the drivers of this trend may help employers identify strategies for getting ahead of it and keeping employees—especially top talent—on board.
Recent decades have seen several sweeping trends in the workplace, and one of the latest is “quiet quitting.” It’s a twist on the old issue of employee disengagement that Gallup polls have tracked for decades. But there’s something different about quiet quitting. It’s actually a step toward personal agency—toward employees owning their own experience in the workplace.
If the Great Resignation truly changed the game — if it empowered workers to abandon their bosses in search of deeper professional fulfillment without consequences — then job-hopping shouldn’t count against you the way it did pre-pandemic, right?
We have such prescriptive world-defined views of what somebody’s journey is or what empathy is that we forgot that to have empathy in general, you’d better start with yourself. You’d better start exploring and be empathetic to your own journey.
Susan talks with Danny Gutknecht, CEO of Pathways and author of the book, “Meaning at Work: And Its Hidden Language,” which explains how meaning is a fundamental human drive, how it can be understood, tapped and used for profound applications in business and society.
As the economy continues to grow, companies are more focused on not just hiring the best talent but also retaining the best people within their organization. Companies want to push their employees to do their best work, while employees want to give their best and have meaning behind doing their jobs.
Through the insights of Carl Jung, Abraham Maslow, Joseph Campbell, anthropology, biology, and neuroscience, and referencing his book Meaning at Work and its Hidden Language, Danny Gutknecht helps listeners understand what meaning is, how it works and what can be done to engage it.
The universal search for meaning has entered the workplace at full throttle. Today’s employees see themselves as free agents in search of an authentic connection. They want more from work than simply a means for ensuring their basic needs are met. They have other needs to satisfy — the need to have meaning and purpose, to find inspiration and to tap their full potential.