Ultimately, fulfilling work meets our base intrinsic needs as human beings.
"We're called social animals for a reason," says Sandeep. "We have an intrinsic desire to connect with each other. If we don't feel this we malfunction."
We know that we work at our best when we're sleeping well, exercising and getting enough energy to push through the 3pm sugar crash — but our needs are not only physical. We also need to prioritise our social needs.
In our Adaptive Global Leaders & Super Teams program
, Dr Sandeep Atre coaches leaders and high-performers to improve their social intelligence (and foster better connection and fulfilment at work) through a three-part model:
- Awareness of what is going on inside themselves, where there is fulfilment and where there is room for improvement.
- Attunement to their team, the needs of those around them and areas where social cohesion may be lacking.
- Adaptive thinking — the skillset required to utilise the first two skills, be responsive and make appropriate decisions to improve social cohesion.
"When we buy a washing machine it comes with a manual," says Sandeep. "But our most-used machine — our brain — doesn't come with a manual. We have to learn how it works and how best to use it."