Bosses Take Note! 老板们请注意!

Referred by a friend: Daniel Pink on the surprising science of motivation.

According to Daniel Pink, a career analyst, employees today are motivated less by monetary rewards than by the following three key factors:
Autonomy – the urge to direct your own life
Mastery – the desire to get better and better from something that matters
Purpose – the yearning to do what we do in the service of something that is larger than ourselves.

Looking around people we work with, especially the new Generation Y, there seems to be quite some truths in the theory.  Bosses, something to take note!

Do you agree with Daniel Pink’s views? You are most welcome to share your views in this blog.


自治 – 主导自己生活的强烈欲望
精练  – 渴望把对自己有重要性的事情做得更好
意义  – 渴望提供超越小我,有更大意义的服务。

放眼四周,特别是新一代的 ” 八十后” ,以上理论似乎有相当的道理。老板们, 请注意了!



One GooD THinG Money Cannot Buy 金钱无法买到的一件好事

“I really want to say thank you! The sessions with you have made me understand myself and my strengths so much better. I now know what I really want for my career.”

In our coaching practice, we are taught to always ask for feedback on whether the coaching sessions actually help.  This was one feedback  I received last week from someone I had been coaching for a while.  It was a rather difficult case and it makes the “thank you” all the more meaningful to me.  You may not be able to imagine, but I have to say the satisfaction and fulfilment I receive from this simple one-liner is something that monetary reward can never measure up.

Sincerely, THANK YOU for your “thank you”.  =)

What about you? Do you have one Good THinG that even money cannot buy or provide?  You are most welcome to share your experience here.



在我们的辅导教练实践里,我们总是被教导要常常征询反馈意见,以便了解自己所提供的辅导是否有真正的帮助到他们。而,以上的反馈意见,是我上个星期刚刚收到的。 由于那是一个相当困难的个案,这句“谢谢”对我来说有更为重大的意义。你也许不能意会,但我必须说这一句“谢谢“ 给我带来的工作满足和成就感绝对是金钱报酬所不能衡量的。


你呢?你可有类似以上的经历 — 即使有钱也买不到或提供的?欢迎你在这里分享你的经验。

The Correct Answer is… 正确的答案是。。。

Remember this question:  2 minutes of your time, without discussing with anyone, what would be your answer to the following question? 

This is always the first “game”I play with those who come seek career advice. I normally watch in amazement how they would seriously and diligently be making an effort to provide the best combination answer.

The correct answer, however, is…   “I don’t know!” because you really dont.

This question is intentionally made faulty in nature. It misses out the most critical element before you can carefully consider giving a good answer: the DESTINATION.

This exercise is used to hopefully drive home three main points in making career decision:

Know Your Destination (Career Goal): one must know where he/she is going before he/she can sit down and plan for the right direction to head for, the type of transportation one would take and a good time for embarkation. This can’t be more appropriate an analogy when applies to picking a good career choice: you need to first know where you would like to end up with, say in 3 to 5 or 5 to 10 years (GenYers will tell you 5-10 years time frame is way too long for them. So, I do accept 3-5 year plan from them. 🙂 ) Only then you decide what to start with, how to go about and which is the best route to arrive at your planned “destination” — your career goal.

Do Not Rush: Never decide your career in 2 minutes.  Never rush into applying for jobs (especially if that is your first), nor following your friends — which are only too common among graduates.

Do Homework, Discuss with Relevant People: unlike the exercise where you are not allowed to discuss, in making a good career decision, you must discuss with relevant people to find out more. The operative word here is “relevant”. So, choose purposefully who are the right one to speak with.  Do your homework.

“How?” you would ask, regarding determining your career goal.  Get to know yourself more in-depth — here would be a good start.


还记得这个问题吗: 用两分钟的时间,在不与任何人讨论的情况下,您对以下问题的答案是什么?


然,正确答案…“我不知道!”  因为你真的不可能知道。

这个问题是有故障性的。它缺少了一个最关键的因素:目的地 ! 


明确的目的地(职业目标):一个人必须知道他要到哪里,才可以坐下来计划他将前往的方向,交通工具的类型,出发的最好时机,等等等。这是一个不能更合适的比喻了:选择一个适当的职业,你首先需要知道的是你在三至五或五至十年内 (“八十后”必呱呱叫说五至十年的时限对他们来说是太长了。所有,我也接受他们三至五的计划。 🙂 ) 要抵达的目的地。只有这样,你方能好好地计划你的最佳路线去达到你的职业目标。

切忌鲁莽速行:切勿在二分钟内就决定你的职业生涯。不要急着忙於申请工作(尤其如果这是你的第一份职业),也请不要盲从於朋友的选择 – 这都是非常见的景象。你的首要步骤应该是明确地知道你的职业目标。


“我如何去明确地知道我的职业目标?”你会问。深入地了解自己 — 这里 会是一个好的开始。

What is Your Answer? 您的答案是什么?

2 minutes of your time, without discussing with anyone, what would be your answer to the following question?  (answer will be provided soon =)



3 Questions to a Preferred Career Choice 三个关键问题决定首选职业

“What is the best career choice for me?”

In my line of work, this is perhaps THE most frequently asked question by the new graduates I worked with.  It is not surprising given they are fresh out of school.  In many cases, their graduating from a particular discipline has absolutely nothing to do with their career aspirations but what their parents have wanted them to study.

To answer the question, I like to show them the three big circles and answer their question by asking the following three questions (remember? We discussed this before.  The answers lie with them.  We are just there to ask good questions to help draw the answers out from them):-

Question (1) Passion – what do you really enjoy doing?  When you are doing a task that you are passionate about, you feel engaged and energized, you feel excited, you forget about time.  

Question (2) Strengths – what are you really good at doing?  If you are good at something, you demonstrate a rapid learning curve compared to others around you.  

Question (3) Values – what are the things that are so important to you that you will not trade them for anything?

Career choices that meet all the above, i.e. those in the intersection of the three circles, I tell them, would be your preferred career choices.  These choices match your passion with your strengths and are in congruence with your value system.  When you are doing something you are really passionate about and are good at it, naturally you would be performing outstandingly and happy.  It also brings sustainability.

“What about money?”  They would usually follow-up with this question.

“When you find a career within this intersection that sees you both happy and performing at your career, money will come.” is always my answer. 

Of course, they would eventually learn that money indeed has very little to do with career satisfaction and happiness in life.

What about your career? Is it one in the intersection of your Passion, Strengths and Values?  Are you happy with what you are doing?  Do feel free to share your views.“什么是最适合我的职业选择?”



问题(一)强烈爱好 — 你真正喜欢做什么任务?当你对某件任务有着强烈爱好时,你在从事这件任务时,会完全投入而处在激励的状态中,你会忘了时间的存在。

问题(二)优点长处 — 你的专长是什么?你最擅长的是在哪方面?这意味着和你周围的人相比,你在这方面有一个较他人快速的学习曲线。

问题(三)价值观 —什么是对你如此重要,你无论如何不会把它与任何东西作交换的?


“那钱呢?不在被考虑范围内吗?” 他们通常都会跟进这个问题。