2 results for tag: making a difference


How to Make a Difference People Love: Insights from Largest-ever Study on Award-Winning Work

What constitutes great work? How do you really make a difference people love? David Sturt, EVP of O.C. Tanner Institute, spearheaded the world’s largest-ever study on award-winning work. Instead of most research that focuses on personality traits, O.C. Tanner took a different approach and focused on the work itself - under what conditions it happens, and what people are doing when they produce it.  “Think about how your work affects others, look at the larger purpose of your work and who it benefits, and see yourself as a potential difference-maker.” Here are seven distilled insights on how anyone can have great work – that is, to ...

So You Want to Make a Difference?

Anyone who conducts numerous interviews soon discovers a striking pattern from interviewees when asked why they would like to join the company, board of directors, or student club. The answer, unequivocally, is: “I want to make a difference.” Not to question the veracity of such statement, “making a difference” has been misused and abused to some extent. In fact, the statement has devolved into a platitude.  I’ll confess that while I was in college I exploited the statement as a mere rhetoric. At that time, I’d never put some serious thought into what it really means to make a difference. It was a fuzzy and inchoate idea that just ...