by Deborah Knox on January 28, 2012

I recently reviewed a book Maslow on Management – which was a trip down memory lane.  Several decades ago, there was new information and models that would redefine the new world of work. There were hopes that the new workplace would be revitalized by employees with a different mind set, who would be self-directed, creative and able to comfortably relate to others. And thus the definition of self-actualization was born.

If you’d like to consider adding self actualization to your list of characteristic traits you will be setting yourself up to be an excellent candidate for whatever position you are seeking.  More than ever we need self actualized individuals in the workplace to be competitive and to create the new workplace as we become more competitive in the new world of work.

First of all, determine if you possess the following:

  • Acceptance and expression of the inner core or self  “Are you clear on your purpose and your values?”
  • Actualization of latent capacities and potentialities resulting in “full functioning?”  “Are you using your skills and abilities and do you have a plan for learning new ones in order to thrive in the world of work?”
  • Availability of human and personal essence “Do you have the energy and focus to be intrinsically motivated?” and finally,
  • Minimal presence of ill  health, neurosis or diminution of the basic human and personal capacities “Are you healthy in body, mind and spirit and able to successfully engage in the world of work?”

If you answered yes to the questions above you should be doing the work that you love and having it reinforced daily. If your responses were not affirmative I hope you’ll join me now and discover what to do to turn those “nos” into “yeses”.

Contact me at for more information.

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Betty February 3, 2012 at 8:55 am

This article was not very helpful to me. I answered yes to all the questions but that does not prove I am in a job I love or am reinforced in. On the contrary, I have a job I do not love, and I can’t remember the last time my skills were reinforced or appreciation was expressed appropriately. I am not at a job that fulfills me creatively, quite the opposite. It is a job where despite the changes I’ve created, I am still treated like I am not worthy of much more than being an Executive Assistant for a big media company. I answers personal calls on a constant basis, run coffee/water errands and when my manager doesn’t want to handle his own administrative responsibilities handed down to him by his own managers/the company, I somehow am made to feel it is my fault because I didn’t push him enough to do what he needs to do. I have more often than not asked my manager to help me help him, but he refuses. He does what he wants because he is the boss. When I’ve asked for more responsibilities (never at all mentioning money or wanting a raise, just more responsibilities), he never has the time to discuss, ignores me, or tells me he’ll look into something and never does. He has on more than one occasion prevented me from learning a new program, deeming it unnecessary; saying I would only be bothered by others higher in the chain who would not take it lightly if I had to say no to or say I did not have the time at the moment. When I’ve taken the initiative to reach out to others in HR and express my interests in stretching and growing, they either have nothing to offer me (because unless I’m interested in their field they can’t think outside the box), tell me I might be good for a particular project then drop the ball despite my follow-ups; or, they are too intimidated by the fact that my manager is a high profile person. I am stuck in a dead-end position, getting paid to do nothing – despite my efforts to change things. I am resolved to the fact that the only way things are going to change and improve for me is to leave the company. The bigger this company has gotten, the more lost and smaller I have felt. I am an excellent worker, with excellent work ethics, honest, trustworthy, smart, a quick learner and there should be no reason I shouldn’t be successful in my life when it comes to work. Sometimes companies just don’t know (and sometimes don’t care) what kinds of employees they actually have working for them, because they only look in the direction of bottom line: money. I came to the company many years ago with high expectations and hopes for an amazing future, only to see there isn’t really a place for me in this company. Perhaps in my situation, self-actualizing in the workplace means leaving a job/company that has never been the right match despite my hopes and attempts.


Deborah June 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

hi betty – it’s been way too long and I hope you have made some decisions about getting into a healthier workplace setting. Unfortunately most people (80% of victims)do end up leaving and thus we have what is called a “silent epidemic.” I do deserve to be in a setting that values not only the work that you do but the way you go about it… as a self actualizing individual. Keep up the good work.


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