The Importance of Connection and Disconnection
A poet by the name of Rives gave a TED talk on the random relevance of 4am. In his words, “4am gets a lot of bad press… it’s a time of inconveniences, mischief…. It’s a time for autopsies and for bombings.” He gives many examples of the many songs that reference 4am, Alberto GioCametti’s surrealist sculpture “The Palace at 4 in the Morning,” Bill Clinton’s work starting at 4am on inauguration day, a quote from Homer Simpson, etc. And in the midst of all of these random instances of 4am, he is able to find a connection between many of them. And no, they’re not coincidences. I personally connect with Rives in that I’m a poet myself, and I enjoyed his lyrical method of making a connection with things that would normally be disconnected.
Dan Pink, on the other spectrum, focuses on the disconnect between science and business. In his words, “Rewards by nature narrow our focus and restricts our possibility.” He goes on to say that “too many organizations are making their decisions based on assumptions that are outdated and rooted in folklore rather than science.” Ultimately, intrinsic motivation is far more effective than extrinsic motivation and therefore yields more results and strengthens businesses. I relate with Pink’s talk in that I’ve far too many times witnessed (and sometimes was guilty of) using monetary (extrinsic) motivators to force myself in accomplishing something. Using Pink’s ROWE method (Results Oriented Work Environment) – where there aren’t any schedules and meetings are optional – could help many organizations be more productive and help their employees be more satisfied.
A good communicator will take elements of both Rive’s and Pink’s talks. Finding the connections and similarities between things, and finding the disconnection and differences between things, can ultimately connect dots and help organizations run their businesses more effectively. Both methods will help communicators better their work environment, their colleagues, and ultimately – themselves.