Donnerstag, 15. März 2012

Man’s Search for Meaning

When I am working with (young) managers in coachings or development processes, they are very often demanding the perfect cooking recipe in the means of: “How to deal with others?” 
Then – or let’s say after some time – they find out, that they don’t even know how to deal with their own situation, challenges and emotions. And after some more time, when a higher focus of reflection is already on themselves, it very often comes to the question of:
„What is the purpose of my job?” and

What’s the meaning of my job and of my life?“

These are questions neither small nor easy to answer. Especially, because the majority of managers is not used to questioning themselves in a way like this, or maybe never did before. But if they do, it is helping them to set their focus and accelerate their own personal development, creating self-awareness.

Generally I would say, that people who lead and manage other people would be well advised, if they build their psychological background over time. Starting with themselves as the first focus of reflection and then learning more, how to interact and communicate with the complexity of other individuals. And what a good part Viktor Frankl’s findings could offer for them…  

In this little video Viktor E. Frankl, the founder of logo therapy, first shows how self-ironic he is approaching his audience:  "I know I am speaking with marvelous accent without the slightest English."
Later on I like the part most were he is explaining what his flight instructor told him and then turns out to quote Goethe:

„If we take man as he really is, we’ll make him worse. But if we take man as he should be, we’ll make him capable of becoming what he can be.“

Let’s start with ourselves on this!

Frankl V.E., 1959, Man’s Search for Meaning, Beacon Press, Boston