As one who keeps up daily with what is happening in the world of business coaching, consulting, and corporate success, I am dutifully impressed with the increasing talk of emotional intelligence, living or purpose, purpose-driven organizations, and so much more.
Although it certainly is still not “the rage” value-driven work is gaining ground.
It begins with a company discovering its purpose for being. Not the standard vision and mission statements of an organization based on being the best or the frontrunner of an industry, but on service, a true spiritual, communal purpose that directs the company in making the world a better place. That focus, that purpose, allows the employees to become aware of their own spiritual purpose, their reason for being here and working for that particular company.
Millennials are demanding it more and more. They want to work with an organization they believe in that is working toward a better planet, a better world. From the opposite direction, why is it a common sentiment to hear that Boomers want to retire so they can finally do work they believe in and enjoy? Why wait decades to achieve that goal?
In truth, our careers need to be the venue in which we knowingly live our spiritual purpose in the world; rather than being the life-sentence that entails the self-destruction, stress, angst, and insecurities so many are experiencing in their jobs whether they are highly successful or not. It is so much more productive to call workers to do the work needed from a place of commitment to themselves and to the company’s purpose. Investment, engagement, and longevity are more natural when you believe in what you are achieving or creating and you can see the results in the world.
We are at such a split at the moment in this culture, bringing us all together in a shared vision, is bringing us to something far greater than ourselves. Always, when we are lost, angry, in fear or confusion, having a clear mission of supporting another can remind us that we are all in this together. Supporting another takes us out of our small world and makes us a part of something so much bigger. This is a perspective where everyone wins.
Working your purpose, working on purpose, makes work a part of your life, a significant part of who you are, not sadly as some believe, what you need to do so you can live your life on the off hours. Ironically, we have now learned that by working with a shared corporate-employee purpose and making the employees your first customers, and then focusing on actual customers, your profits will increase at significantly higher percentages, thus, indirectly pleasing the board of directors, the investors and your bottom line. Everyone wins.
I frequently love new trends. Now, the objective is to take it from a trend, to a guiding principle for all organizations. Anything is possible…..
If you or your organization, needs help implementing these changes, just call. This is work I love.