“To enjoy bodily warmth, some small part of you must be cold, for there is no quality in this world that is not what it is merely by contrast. Nothing exists in itself.”
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Meaningfulness is not always a positive experience. When people find their work meaningful, they tend to be far richer and more challenging than times when they felt simply motivated, engaged, or happy.
1. Understand that as a manager or leader you aren’t exempt from dark and challenging moments.
2. Make space to discuss moments of triumph, difficult circumstances, and complex problems that your team members solved.