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In Presence: Human purpose and the field of the future, Peter Senge and others asked leading scientists and business and social entrepreneurs, “What question lies at the heart of your work?”

Jumps out out at you eh?

Makes you sort of coil up inside and groan a bit. If I was standing in front of you asking the question you’d scuff your feet, roll your eyes, stare at the ceiling and say, “Geez, that’s a good question.”

It is a good question. But that’s the point: What’s your good question?

Earlier this week I summarised Paul Lawrence’s and Nitin Nohria’s four drivers of human nature. The drivers are acquisition, bonding, learning and defending. Inside each driver is a question: How to get? How to stick? How to know? How to keep?

If you’re going to be strategic you need to know what question lies at the heart of your work. If you want to be successful you need to know how your answer puts wheels under the four drivers of human nature.

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