Monday, April 14, 2014

The Power of Purpose + Homework Contest

HOMEWORK CONTEST - TOP THREE DRAWINGS WILL RECEIVE A FREE COPY OF PASCAL'S LATEST BOOK! (Details below)

By Pascal Dennis

"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born, and the day you know why." Craig Forman

Great piece on the Power of Purpose.

Nothing beats it - not talent, courage or luck.

Talent & courage, exercised in the wrong direction, are aimless.

(At worst, they can be destructive. Who needs a talented, courageous terrorist?)

And Luck generally evens out in the long term.

But Purpose is Polaris, the star by which we navigate, which forever pulls us forward.

Some people are lucky enough to know their life's purpose very young.

(My late father-on-law, the great Dr. Robert Guselle, knew at the age of five that he'd be a physician.)

Others have happy epiphanies, like Starbuck's CEO, Howard Shultz. "I'm going to bring European coffee culture to the world!"


Most of us struggle though, and when we figure it out, it's a happy day indeed.

The same applies, of course, to organizations.

Defining Purpose remains the senior leader's Job One, (followed by "What do we believe in?").

So here's a homework challenge for you all:

What's your Organization's Purpose?

You know the drill. Have fun! Don't worry if you 'can't draw'.

Stick figures, arrows, circles are fine.

Please send your efforts to Holly Simmons at holly.simmons@leansystems.org

Deadline: May 11

Top three drawings will receive a free copy of Pascal's latest book.

Let's see what happens!

Best regards,

Pascal


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