Based on years of research, the Map of Meaning draws into one simple map the few intrinsic drivers that make work and life meaningful. This fills the gap bemoaned by E.F. Schumacher:
“I had been given maps of life and knowledge on which there’re was hardly a trace of many of the things that I most cared about and that seemed to me to be of the greatest possible importance to the conduct of my life”. Without such a map, Schumacher points out, human beings, “hesitate, doubt, change their minds, run hither and thither, uncertain not simply of how to get what they want, but above all of what they want.” Indeed.
Having this map helps us individually, and as change agents:
• easily reach the heart of human issues in the workplace while also offering a practical frame for positive action.
• work at multiple levels, from the individual, to the group, organisation and society, and so bring an order into each sphere which is echoed in the other because it allows us to work with the very fabric of human organising.
• initiate and support a constructive view of humanity by mirroring what is best and deepest in human beings
• transform apathy, cynicism and resentment into engagement.
Praise for the Map of Meaning:
“I know from my experience of working with the map that of all the tools, interventions and frameworks I’ve used, this is one that consistently adds value to whatever I’m doing. It always works. It always has an impact and engages everybody. It has rigour, there is a strength to the framework, and sufficient space within that for people to construct their own meaning.”
Steve Tarpey, Human Dimensions, UK
The Map of Meaning is a key that unlocks all that is important to us as human beings. As a consultant working in developed and developing countries this framework gives me a simple way to profoundly engage with people across cultures.”
Kerry McGovern, Public Sector Asset, Governance and Financial Management Specialist, Australia
Lani Morris (BA, MBA, MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice) has over twenty years’ experience as an independent organisational behaviour practitioner with organisations, teams and individuals in New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom, and as a contract lecturer at a number of universities. The key focus of her work is to help people take responsibility for and reclaim power over themselves, their lives and their work. Her expertise includes: leadership, motivation, clear communication, innovation and creativity, meaningful work, and how these subjects intertwine. Since 2000 she has used the Map of Meaning to enrich and develop her areas of expertise in a wide range of social and organisational contexts.
To find out more about the Map of Meaning, why not have a look at co-author Marjo Lips-Wiersma’s engaging TEDx talk on how to find meaning in the daily grind.