A short time ago I was listening/watching a videocast and the topic was about the level of commitment an individual or team of people may or may not have to achieve a given objective. What was most intriguing about the information being presented was that my takeaway was coming to me not from their suggestions of how to improve the situation but the gap in the actual level of commitment people have to a cause or objective. After that collection of thoughts, I was listening to a podcast where the person introduced the words “kind a” and “somewhat” as they talked about the level of involvement people take into a given situation.
This sparked a consideration as to how Promise Culture and the core elements of Purpose, Values and Principles influence a person’s ability to get beyond kind of supporting an initiative or somewhat supporting the teams objectives. As leaders we are witnessing a wide range of involvement in the talent and resources which are part of our organizations. The business world has even elected to give it a name like “Quit Quitting.” I find it so interesting we can take the time to name things but choose not to address the symptoms or situation which it causes.
One thing I have seen a great rise in is the need of staff fulfilling their requirement to feel or be part of something. It is different for each person but somewhere in their daily activities they need to feel a strong connection to being part of something they care about or have a defined interest in. If you ask them, they don’t have a definitive answer. They are just seeking something which they don’t feel is available to them in whatever activity they are involved with. As this is so vague, it makes it extremely difficult for leaders and business owners to figure out a way to help them.
Insert Promise Culture as a potential source of insights to this expanding challenge not only for leaders/owners but for the workforces of the future. This element of seeking, having, or pursuing a Purpose is a little like the Holy Grail. What is it and how do I find or get it?
We need to start with understanding that Purpose is the “WHY” in your life. Why you exist, why you do what you do, why you relate with the people you do etc. Most of us never take the time to enter the room of silence to truly and authentically investigate/discover this about and for ourselves. We exist over time attaching ourselves to various tangible items and reflecting those back out into society which in turn we are judged upon. As humans we dislike being judged and therefore, we escape the hardest level of judgement when we dance around our true purpose or why we do what we do.
This place of understanding and appreciation exists for all of us. From the leaders to the staff to clients, vendors, and colleagues this element of purpose wanders the back streets of our minds. For some decades we have had such dramatic exposure to changes that we have compartmentalized this and was able to set it aside. Younger people having grown up in this world of ever increasing change have neutralized this distraction and thus have more bandwidth to ponder their purpose or why they exist to contribute. As they have not been mentored on how to find their own purpose, they attach themselves to other industrial purposes such as a business or societal pursuits. When they pause and reflect, they begin to see the gaps in these superficial purposes and then become disenchanted and mentally and physically begin to disconnect from the purpose. Thus, they are no longer “All In” with respect to your organization’s goals, mission, vision etc.
This week you have a great opportunity awaiting you in helping your team investigate and discover not only the organization’s purpose but each and every individual’s purpose. With alignment of purpose then the individual excels and so does the business.
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