Lack of Noble Purpose erodes morale at work, and it eats into our lives at home, where people drag themselves through the door at night without an ounce of enthusiasm left for loved ones or fun.
If you want to create a great company, invent the next big thing, or produce an amazing work of art, keep your ego out of it. Start with noble purpose, find a problem you want to solve, or people you want to help, and pour your talents into something bigger than yourself.
I’m willing to do it, but I’m not sure he is. It’s the biggest obstacle to making a positive change. We want to know, for sure, that the other guy is all in with good intentions, before we fully invest ourselves.
It’s nice to say customers are the No. 1 priority. But when you create reward system, decision-making policies, and culture that promote the opposite, your employees act accordingly.
Words matter. Sticks and stones may crack up a few bones, but the wrong words in your head will your break your spirit forever.
Science defines culture as “the cultivation of bacteria, tissue cells, etc., in an artificial medium containing nutrients.” The same principle applies to business. Culture is the cultivation of the human beliefs swirling and growing in the petri dish labeled: your organization.
When you know what’s important to you, it’s a lot easier to organize the good stuff, and part with the useless junk.
Giving away meaningless trophies doesn’t inspire anyone to new heights of improved performance. Nor does it build self-esteem.
Here’s the noble purpose reframe: Provide real value to your customers, whether you make widgets or water pumps, your job is to improve your customer’s condition. When you make money, and you will because organizations with noble purpose outperform the market, give a portion of your profit to charity.
You don’t get a work life and a home life. You get one life. Don’t waste it trying to achieve balance.
For many years, I worked for a crazy person. Her name is Lisa, and for a decade she was the worst boss I ever had. I confess; I’m recovering overbooked entrepreneur, the terrible boss was me.
The next time you want to make a point, consider using a story. And if you need some extra exaggeration, to make it more interesting, you can borrow some from my family.
Ideas, even good ones, will fail. Companies will be purchased, and sold. Relationships will change. There are two choices, you can wish for what was. Or you can reinvent yourself to deal with what is.
If we continue to reward test scores, we’ll continue to get cheating. But if we decide that we, the American people care passionately about learning, we’ll create a system that inspires our students and teachers to feel the same way.
My friend who is a divorce lawyer says, “Most marriage failures are not the result of infidelity, substance abuse or in-laws. Most marriage failures are the result of selfishness.”