How Do I Improve the Role I Have? (HBR Podcast) reviews

December 29, 2022

Part three of our four-part special series, Find Joy in Any Job, with Marcus Buckingham on how to design your work to focus on what you love.

A lot of us are feeling unhappy and disengaged at work – and that started long before the pandemic. A big part of the problem, says Marcus Buckingham, is that we don’t take the initiative to do more of the tasks that we truly love. After identifying what most energizes and excites you about your current role or employer, you can try a host of strategies to shape your work around those things.

In this special series from HBR, we’re looking at how to find love in your work. In this episode, we explain how to shift your current role to focus on what really drives you.

IdeaCast co-host Alison Beard speaks with Marcus Buckingham, head of research on people and performance at the ADP Research Institute and author of the new book Love + Work.

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Series Description:
HBR IdeaCast’s Find Joy in Any Job is a special four-part series with renowned management thinker Marcus Buckingham. At a time when 41% of us are considering quitting our current roles, we’ll offer a better solution: a way to improve them. We’ll capture voices from workers around the world and explore why so many feel unhappy and disengaged. We’ll explain how to pinpoint the aspects of work that you do (or could) love and how to shift your responsibilities to those areas. Finally, we’ll discuss how to build a team and organization full of people who love what they do. Marcus is the head of research on people and performance at the ADP Research Institute and author of the new book Love + Work (as well as co-author of the best-selling Nine Lies About Work). He’ll be joined by IdeaCast co-host Alison Beard.

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00:00 Open
00:35 Intro
02:24 Turn What You Love Into a Contribution
04:54 Manage Up To Maximize What You Love
09:24 How To Stop Doing What You Loathe
13:00 Look Through a Lens of Love
14:06 How This Affects Teams
17:03 Formalize a Role Shift
19:37 Embrace Others’ Loves and Strengths
22:08 Side Hustles as a Solution
24:22 Outcomes of Improving Your Role

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  1. Very informative video! Thanks for sharing.

  2. By red threads, do you mean things we don't like at work? There was no context for that term. It cam across as business-speak. That said, I have been enjoying the two podcasts I've listened to in this series.

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