Posts Tagged ‘ purpose ’

Finding Purpose In The Salt Mines

Purpose is all well and good. But what happens when you work in a mind-numbing and soul-destroying bureaucracy? We need to broaden how we think about purpose, and where we seek to find it. Looking for ways to do our job well—and make it interesting—doesn’t hurt, either.

Purpose Isn’t Forever… It’s For Now

Purpose is a fundamental driver. It shapes how we lead, where we are going and how we approach our roles and actions today. But purpose isn’t forever. It’s about where we are going now, until the next change comes along…

The Why Of Culture

Organizational culture is important. While we know that, most people (and to be clear, most organizations, executives and managers) struggle with just what culture is.

The Journey Starts Here

Actually, the journey continues here. We don’t get a lot of do-overs in life. Life continues. We move forward. We build on what comes before. With luck, we learn from it. It’s part of us. Not only can’t we undo the past, it is pointless to try. What matters is what happens next.

Creativity Like Clockwork

We tend to view creativity as something special. Unique. Ethereal. And therefore entirely difficult to summon or channel on demand. The idea that creativity can be planned and managed—can in fact be scheduled—is therefore one that strikes many of us as ludicrous and unreasonable.

On Learning: Hurtling off the Cliff

As children, we embrace learning new skills and abilities with a vengeance. In that we start life with no skills, and pretty much everything around us is fascinating and interesting, and we want to be able to do things that others already understand, we eagerly embrace the unknown. What is fascinating at this age, however,…
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What Are You In It For?

Entrepreneurs and leaders face enormous challenges. They are not the same challenges, however, and it would be dangerous to genericize the concept of ’universal leader’ in the same way that ’homo economicus’ is a bit of a non-starter. The investment marketplace is an irrational place to play, but we are all unique in our irrationality.

Reframing Vision & Mission: The Concept Of ‘Governing Ideas’

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Presence,’ as part of a different sort of project that I’ve been working on over the last little while. Written by Peter Senge (of ‘Fifth Discipline’ fame), Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, it is a different sort of book that endeavours to address how best to…
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The Irrational Hold Of Labour Day

It is fascinating the power that seasons have over us. For all of our attempts to defy nature, and to regulate our existence into a monochrome sameness for the sake of efficiency and productivity, it really doesn’t work. The seasons unfold, and they hold an extraordinary power over us in the process.

On The Curatorial Role

An interesting word has shown up more frequently of late. At least, I’ve noticed it more. It’s not a new word, by any stretch. In fact it’s an old — and seemingly old-fashioned — word. One that implies stuffiness, to an extent, but also curiosity. It connotes bringing together a jumble of otherwise uninspired objects,…
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