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Palestra: How to find purpose in work

Track: Levando Sua Carreira Para o Próximo Nível

Sala: Arena Caelum

Horário: 3:05pm - 3:50pm

Dia da semana: Quarta-feira

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Nível: Iniciante

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Pontos Principais

  • Purpose can be found anywhere, and leaders are not always more likely to find purpose in their work. In addition from the above, I will draw from the Ted Radio Hour podcast on the meaning of work as well as other related work;
  • When purpose is found, not only work performance, but also life satisfaction are higher;
  • Purpose is closely tied to leaving a legacy (or impact of life), especially the older and more senior people get.


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.

Palestrante: Katharina Probst

Senior Engineering Leader, Kubernetes & SaaS at Google

Katharina Probst is a Senior Engineering Leader, Kubernetes & SaaS at Google. Before this, she was leading engineering teams at Netflix, being responsible for the Netflix API, which helps bring Netflix streaming to millions of people around the world. Prior to joining Netflix, she was in the cloud computing team at Google, where she saw cloud computing from the provider side. Her interests include scalable, distributed systems, APIs, cloud computing, and building effective and successful teams. She also holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

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