As a business leader, how do you define your purpose?
I have recently found myself pondering my professional purpose and very interested in the feedback from others. I am sure I am not the first to wonder, am I doing what I am supoosed to be doing professionally.
A purpose statement defines your vision, your mission, and your strategies. It is not a simple exercise; it needs much forethought and internal debate. Discussions with close associates are important. For leaders, purpose statements are necessary. It is a method of thinking that helps focus your mind and in turn your actions.
First I decided on my core values. Then I went through an exercise where I wrote my own personal mission statement. I implemented the mission statement in my life, and decided that i would devote my time and energy to things that served that mission.
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Hi Eric! I like your name so much, I had picked it out for my son many years before he was born.
I'll give a nod to Simon Sinek's "Start with Why" too. He also has a book which I finished recently. I got a lot out of it.
However, Chick-fil-A is a client of mine, and I think they introduced me to something that might help you even more than "Start with Why." You can't start with "why" until you know what it is. :) It will actually help you determine your "why." It's been said by many that the two greatest days in our lives are the day we're born and the day we figure out "why."
CFA introduced me to Marcus Buckingham. Check out the link below. I think you will find it very interesting. He uses the acronym SIGN. Where all of these things overlap, you will find your why. It goes much deeper than what's below and what's on the link. If you like it, you may want to buy the book or audio. Looks like it's free on the link? The content is STRONG.
SIGN: an acronym for Success, Instinct, Growth, and Needs.
Strong: strengths are activities that make you feel strong.
S – Success: strengths are where you feel successful.
I – Instinct: strengths are activities that you are naturally drawn to.
G – Growth: strengths are where you learn the most, come up with the most new ideas, and have the best insights.
N – Needs: strengths are where you feel the need to spend more time.
Another resource for you, Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, also wrote another great book that many people aren't as familiar with, The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness. The habit is actually defined as "Find Your Voice (or "why" my word) and Inspire Others to Find Theirs."
Dr. Covey writes in The 8th Habit, "Voice (why) lies at the nexus of talent (your natural gifts and strengths), passion (those things that naturally energize, excite, motivate, and inspire you), need (including what the world needs enough to pay you for), and conscience (that still, small voice within that assures you of what is right and that prompts you to actually do it). When you engage in work that taps your talent and fuels your passion - that rises out of a great need in the world that you feel drawn by conscience to meet - therein lies your voice (why) your calling, your soul's code."
As I have followed my passion to find my purpose, I believe The 8th Habit defines my personal "why." When I read The 8th Habit, my first thought was, "Dr. Covey wrote this book for me!" That's why I'm up happily past midnight answering your question for free. And, I'll probably look for another when I'm finished here. :) I'm full of energy knowing that I may be potentially helping you move closer to finding your "why."
Often, people tell me they think I do what I do for the money. Once they're done, I happily inform that I do what I do 24/7/365 happily and far more often for free than for money.
Hope this helps you sir! I actually worked near Dallas (Terrell, but stayed in Rockwall) consulting for 3 years straight every other week from 2009-2012. I made the drive from Auburn, AL with my mountain bike for afternoon fun. Great food out there, but man does it get hot and dry.
Your comments or concerns are great. You are not the first. We all do it. I believe reflecting on your previous day/weeks accomplishment helps you become clear as to what your vision or direct you are going in.
As a business leader, I would like to get the maximum aptitude of the human resources available in the region and plan the economy accordingly so that there is less dependence on the import of human resources. Import of human resources whether legal or illegal migrants change the demography of the region and hence create a sociopolitical unrest.
My compliments on a wonderful question. Ironically, I have found that in many situations, a purpose motivates and creates a leader, and not the other way around. Many leaders rise to fill a purpose that others are either unwilling or unqualified to fill.
In my earlier blog post “What’s Your Personal Brand“, I wrote about how the 3 steps to defining your personal brand are similar to how many mega product brands define themselves. Put simply they are: 1) Purpose (your impact in the world), 2) Strengths (how you fulfill that purpose), 3) Character (your most deeply held values).
The very purpose of the business is to exist and grow. It is like any living organism. Hence as the business leader we need to understand our responsibilities towards all the stake holders. In this regard a leader has to understand short term and long term impacts on clients, partners, employees, the environment and society. Unfortunately this is not often appreciated. Business leaders also have the responsibility of grooming future leaders who will be more capable of taking responsibilities in a more demanding, everchanging and complex environment. Ultimate purpose is to create a great team and business takes care of itself.