How to find purpose in work – Katharina Probst

How to find purpose in work - Katharina Probst

What motivates you? According to Dan Pink’s Drive, three important factors in motivation are autonomy, mastery, and purpose. In this talk, I briefly talk these three aspects of motivation. I will then dive into purpose, and how to find purpose in work. For many people, purpose is derived from understanding how their work fits into the larger picture: the company’s priorities or a positive impact on society. For others, it is a personal sense of purpose. In The Big Five for Life, John Strelecky tells a fable of how leaders can inspire purpose in their organizations by encouraging everyone to find what their own personal purpose in life is. I will share examples of the power of purposeful work, and some lessons of what happens in those times when purpose is hard to find.

Katharina Probst is currently a Senior Engineer Manager at Google, where she is responsible for creating a seamless experience for service owners who run their services on Google Kubernetes Engine. Her work ranges from architectural primitives such as multi-tenancy to lifecycle management and operational tooling. Previously at Netflix, she was responsible for the availability and reliability of the streaming service used by 125 million people around the world. Among other things, her team created Chaos tooling for finding system vulnerabilities, powered regional traffic failovers, and drove reliability best practices. Her interests include complex, reliable, and scalable distributed systems, cloud computing, and building effective and successful teams. She also holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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