Why do you wake up every morning, beyond money or happiness? Are you in your hands better world, or a small part thereof? Why or who you're ready to fight? What makes that sometimes do not remember lunchtime? and add What is the positive impact on society want to leave?
We welcome the Purpose, to purpose, the vision, the search for meaning.
Some time ago I published on this blog post The person as a unique, a review of the magnificent book by psychologist Viktor Frankl “Man's Search for Meaning” and its observations on the purpose during their captivity in several Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. One conclusion of their studies is that people with a higher purpose, something that was waiting for them beyond the fences, They survived better than others.
In the field of organizations, as I said Ivan Diaz, branding expert and founder of Branzai, “Reality, is that the whole company that has elements of focus, ie propositions that help to walk in the same direction, It grows above average. It's more, any company that has defined a Brand Purpose, It is highly likely to have greater brand culture, and that by itself already it makes you above average.”
The transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) he said “The purpose of life is to be happy. It is to be useful, be honorable, be compassionate, do that makes a difference that you have lived and lived well “. I agree, Happiness may be a consequence of your purpose and how you take it out, not an end in itself.
“I help to draw futures“. That's my purpose. It took me years to discover, and I did simply analyzing the positive impact of what I was doing in my work as personal burner.
Agree, and how does this apply in an organization?, who is the reponsable?
I recommend reading a great article Harvard Business Review called Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization, Robert E. Queen and Anjan V. Zhakor, two teachers and consultants. It's a long article but full of examples, fruit of their research and consulting experience.
It is extraordinary the mobilizing force of a good purpose. But demobilize his absence or purpose other than genuine. The article talks about a company that during the crisis of 2008 He tripled their income in subsequent years, fidelizó the better their professional and more. So, is not only an improvement of intangibles.
I know, You think it's much easier to write the purpose of a non-profit organization (ONG, administrations, public school, Public hospitals…). It is not like this. To a funeral home business can generate a positive impact on society, humanizing dealing with family, facilitating the procedures… The same with a company of military equipment did not the blue helmets of the O.N.U. They do not act as a peacekeeping force? No excuses serve. any organization (no criminal) creates a positive impact on society. You have to research what. Most important, share it.
I can not agree more with the phrase Simon Sinek, leadership expert: “Customers never feel anything for a company until its people first sit”.
Customers will never love a company until the employees love it first.
- Simon Flies (@simonsinek) 16 April 2014
In any case, and again recommend reading the article, summarize their 8 keys to creating an organization with higher purpose:
- Display an inspired workforce.
- Discover the purpose.
- Recognizing the need for authenticity.
- Convert the true message in a constant message.
- Encourage individual learning.
- Convert to middle managers into leaders driven by objectives.
- Connect people with the purpose.
- “Break free” to the change agents
Connect people with their purpose
Quinn and Thakor conclude that “although a purpose does not guarantee economic benefits, We have seen impressive results in many organizations. And other research, particularly the study of Gartenberg, which included 500.000 people in 429 and companies involved 917 annual observations between 2006 and 2011- It suggests a positive impact on operating financial performance (asset performance) and forward-looking performance measures when the purpose is clearly communicated.
So the purpose is not just a lofty ideal; It has practical implications for financial health and competitiveness of your business. People who find meaning in their work do not accumulate their energy and dedication:. release them, challenging conventional assumptions about economic self-interest. They grow rather than stagnate. They do more, and make it better.”
Do you still think that the purpose due to an empty and simplistic rhetoric? If you have banished the idea, You have a mission as leader of your organization: connect people with their purpose.
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