Three Keys to Creating a Powerful Purpose

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Business PurposeThe most powerful team purposes go way beyond satisfying your intellect and literally ignite high energy. I experienced this on a team I once led where an inspiring purpose tangibly brought them to life.

I was the CIO of a large trucking company and one of my teams was building a system to help truck drivers load their trailers more rapidly. I couldn’t have asked for a more capable ...

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Combat Negativity by Bringing the Positive to Life

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Enliven the PositiveDoes it seem like some people choose to be negative? In many ways it’s our basic nature, but it has damaging consequences to our creative and cognitive performance. Here’s a remedy for shifting a team’s emotions from negative to positive, but it requires understanding a bit about our conscious minds.

Understand Conscious Awareness

Our conscious minds are attracted to the emotional. Our cognitive and emotional systems constantly process a ...

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What Do the Most Innovative Teams Have in Common?

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I recall leading a team that I wanted to become more innovative. I thought the key was to set aside time for them to think about how to add more value to our clients and how to solve our most pressing problems. That was before I understood what the most innovative people already know: innovative thoughts don’t come about thru logical thinking. Study of successful, repeat entrepreneurs ...

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What’s the First Step in Saving a Flailing Company (or Nation)?

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Boost the energy of its people.  All results flow from the energy of the people. When people are wrapped up in fear and frustration, they simply can’t compete. They miss opportunities, are unable to fully focus on their goals, and have poor judgment. In contrast, when people experience positive emotions and especially when they are heartfelt, they can see opportunities that others miss, focus on tasks with ...

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It Pays to be Exclusionary

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Is the membership boundary in your organization tight enough? We hear so much about the importance of being inclusive in organizations, but it’s equally important to know when to be exclusive. When everyone in a business organization is keenly focused on achieving a particular mission or purpose, the energy becomes concentrated and potent. In contrast, if a business tries to be too inclusive, by including people whose roles don’t have ...

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How Do You Define a Powerful Purpose?

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I think there’s no longer a question about whether it’s a good practice for a business to articulate a clear purpose. The question now is what makes a good purpose.

Dan Pink has become well known with his research concluding that purpose, in the sense of achieving a greater social good, is a huge motivator of employees. And Simon Sinek’s popular Ted Talk says we should focus on the “why” of ...

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