I just read The Dream Manager by Matthew Kelly – it’s a nice little tale of a business that wakes up to its role in helping the people who work for it to be the best version of themselves they can be.
The way they do that is by appointing a “Dream Manager” whose job is to help employees to first dream up, and then realise the things they really want from life. In the story, that’s everything from owning their own home to simply having a proper Christmas.
It got me thinking – maybe the real reason organisations exist is not, as I have thought up until now, to help people bring their talent to the world, but simply to help them be happy. Of course, they can probably be happier if the work they do is intrinsically meaningful, but perhaps this ‘dream manager’ approach is a good way to deal with those who find themselves having to do mundane work.
What do you think?