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On Right Living: The 3 Most Important Things You Can Be

 

When our son was born several years ago, I thought very much about the kind of person we’d like him to be. Which qualities and characteristics to cultivate. What “right” living looks like.

From that motivation came an elementary system to share with him – basic guidelines for “right” living. It had to be simple, but scalable. Approachable for a child, but meaningful enough to grow with him into adulthood.

The result: The Three Most Important Things You Can Be.

Review them, see a fourth addition, consider other systems, and share your own thoughts.

Give it a look for yourself. And consider its applications in parenting.

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A Reason Beyond Revenue: Considering Company Purpose

A customer talking about your company to a friend.

A new hire announcing his or her new job with your company to family and friends on Facebook. And prior to that, he or she is a recruit considering your offer and discussing it with a spouse, mentor, family member, or friend.

A supplier justifying an extension of your company’s contract with his or her team members.

Members of a neighborhood association weighing in on your company’s planned expansion.

 

What are they saying? What story are they telling?

How do they describe your company? Above all, how do they feel about you?

If you don’t have confidence in your answers, read on.

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So You’re Thinking about Quitting Your Job …

I am going to change. I am going to leave everything behind. I’m going to burn my bridges. I’m going to follow my heart from now on, even if I have a price to pay. Of course, I was supported by my family and my wife. She said ‘yes, let’s do it, even if everybody tells us that nobody can make a living out of writing. But let’s take this risk, because otherwise, you can have everything, but you will be unhappy.'” – best-selling author Paulo Coelho to Krista Tippett, On Being

If you’ve ever thought about quitting your job, know that you’re not alone.

And if you’ve ever been serious about quitting your job but held on to it anyway, know that a career transition coach can help!

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People Don’t Buy What You Do, They Buy Why You Do It

Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes and writer of its Digital Rules column, recently wrote about the “weak and uneven” economic recovery.

In doing so, he identified seven principles on which the companies that have succeeded throughout tend to excel:

  • design
  • speed
  • cost
  • external communication
  • internal communication
  • purpose

Each was well-illustrated with examples of companies succeeding by excelling in that aspect of business performance.

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Motivational poster-style image representing "Purpose" grabbed from my Flickr photo stream so I'd have a colorful image in this post

The last one – purpose – really caught my interest because he highlighted thoughts of a guy I’d not read before – Simon Sinek.

The very best companies know why they do what they do.  They have a purpose – a reason for existence that transcends profit.  Driven by purpose, they create a movement and consequently get the most discerning and loyal customers.  In today’s crowded global marketplace customers ‘don’t buy what you do,’ says Sinek.  ‘They buy why you do it.’

This idea has fascinated me for a while and represents the most fundamental step in building strategy.  It seems so obvious and so simple, but it’s often overlooked and infrequently re-visited.  More often, we’re thinking and acting farther down the line at the tactical level.

Sinek’s “Start With Why” philosophy, of course packaged and sold as a book, isn’t revolutionary.  But the message is always timely and he gives it a fresh spin.

I’ll also add that I gave Sinek a “Like” on Facebook and will soon have motivational musings popping up in my News Feed.  Examples:

  • The difference between those who do and those who don’t is that they don’t believe it when they are told they can’t.
  • Assumptions can be dangerous because our behaviors are governed by our assumptions.
  • Those who lead are the ones who can clearly communicate their vision and those who can clearly communicate their vision are the ones who lead.
  • Leaders don’t complain about what’s not working, they celebrate what is working and work to amplify it.

Feels self-helpy, but I appreciate positive ideas communicated in well-crafted form.

A couple links:

Karlgaard’s Recovery’s Seven Secrets

Sinek’s “Start With Why” site, including video of his great TED speech

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