To strive for a culturally diverse environment, make a career, and pursue your personal goals at the same time can be challenging. That is why Agora Network and ING asked best-selling author Dr. Ben Tiggelaar to give an online masterclass on Personal Innovation. On Thursday the 18th of March, he gave a lecture on identifying sustainable motives and achieving goals. Over 700 people subscribed, which confirms ‘reinventing yourself’ is a live issue.
Personal innovation is an asset
After a warm welcome by Event Manager Yvonne Moonen and ING Head of Corporate Strategy Jeroen Plag, Ben Tiggelaar kicked off his whirling lecture by stating that following your passion is most often not as easy as it sounds. In daily life, different motives compete with each other. Therefore it is important to determine what motivates you in the long term. By differentiating in control, agency, and communion motives, you can determine what your strengths and values are, and what is appreciated by your social environment. “If you approach your goals from your strengths”, Dr. Tiggelaar said, “motivation goes up eightfold.”
A true ideal is never realistic
During his presentation, participants used the ‘Mentimeter’ to score on statements like ‘What percentage of your time do you work from your strengths?’ and ‘Who do we consider to be the great and inspiring leaders of the last century?’
Dr. Tiggelaar: “What leaders like Gandhi, Mandela, and Obama have in common, is that what they try to achieve exceeds their lifetime and benefits next generations.” In other words: their motives were sustainable. “A true ideal is never realistic. It is important to realize that it is not something you achieve by the end of the month. But, it is worth pursuing.”
Describe concrete behavior
After taking questions and a short break, Dr. Tiggelaar talked about three steps you can use to turn your motives into action. According to the Mentimeter, most participants (61.6%) set a clear goal when wanting to change something, but only half of them translate that into concrete behavior (53.3%). Even less organize support measures for that behavior (42.5%).
However, setting goals is only the start of a learning process, of which failure and evaluation are an essential part. It helps if you work on your goals at fixed times, and if you make use of your social (friends, colleagues) and physical environment (sticky notes) for support. But in the end, be prepared for the moment of truth. Think on forehand what you can do if that moment means a setback.
Be aware of your biases
In the final Q&A, Dr. Tiggelaar was asked what inclusion means to him. He replied that sometimes one should wish we were all blind and deaf, for then we could not judge a book by its cover. “Inclusion”, he said, “means being aware of our own biases, and suppressing all kinds of biological responses.” This path to behavioral change can be used to that end.
After an intense 1,5 hours of high-speed enthusiasm, Yvonne Moonen concluded that joining Agora Network is a great way to organize your social support for achieving the change you desire.