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Seth Godin

A New Manifesto for Teams

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    Choose significance over safety

    Finding meaning in work can spur you and your team to reach targets and drive innovations beyond anything you ever thought possible. This is a promise. But before we explore that, let’s talk about honeybees. Sounds off-topic, but it is relevant.

    In every hive of honeybees, when winter reaches its end, the Queen Bee lays a new, fertilized egg. Inside this egg, a new Queen is waiting to hatch. The worker bees will furnish the hive with a surplus of pollen. Inside a specially constructed egg cell, the Queen’s maidens will feed the egg with royal jelly. Just before the new Queen is born, the old Queen and her most experienced workers will leave, flying away in a swarm, leaving a hive well-stocked with food for the new, younger team to take over. The old Queen and her workers huddle together for warmth. They can only survive a few days huddled like this before they perish. Scouts will scope out locations for a new hive and, once they have found it, the bees will work overtime to construct their new home. This process is known as the increase.

    It’s inspiring, isn’t it? How those bees embrace the challenge and the possibilities of the unknown, how they work collaboratively to build something new. 

    Humans, on the other hand, seem increasingly disinclined to leave the safety of their metaphorical beehives. And that’s understandable. We live and work in a culture where stress, burnout, and dissatisfaction feel almost inevitable. The global pandemic and the current climate of geopolitical unrest and economic instability have prompted us to value the security of the known over the unpredictability of new possibilities. And conventional corporate culture – with stifling key performance indicators (KPIs) and schedules stuffed with pointless meetings – encourages us to seek safety over new challenges. 

    When work matters, though – when you and your team feel like you are making a meaningful contribution – you can move from a mindset of safety to a mindset of increase.

    But how do we do that? How do we inspire ourselves and others to choose significance over safety? We’ll get into that in the next blink.

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    What is The Song of Significance about?

    The Song of Significance (2023) is business thinker and creativity expert Seth Godin’s manifesto for leveraging teamwork and collaboration to build radically meaningful workplaces. Traditional models of work are under threat from encroaching AI technologies – why not dismantle them altogether, Godin asks, and build something better in their place? 

    Who should read The Song of Significance?

    • Employees feeling disillusioned by the 9-to-5 grind
    • Bosses who want to inspire their teams but don’t know how
    • Thoseready to carve out space for significance in their professional lives

    About the Author

    Seth Godin is an entrepreneur, cultural analyst, and the author of 19 best-selling books on topics around creativity, productivity, and business strategy. He is the founder of the wildly popular altMBA program and online seminar series The Akimbo Workshops.

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