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Can you do what you love?

do what you love

“Do what you love”

The kind of internet meme that can drive working folk mad, their response often being: “I can’t do what I love, I have to do work I have to do to get paid”.

Well, this week I flew overseas to support a client with an annual leadership team meeting. Loved it.

Following that, I’d been asked to stop on my way back for a couple of days and facilitate (pro bono) a similar type of meeting for a national charity that gives hope and a voice to those living with and supporting those with a particular life-limiting disease.

As we finished that meeting after a thirteen hour day, I paused to reflect, recognising that I truly am doing what I love.

So, let’s talk about this. How can you do more of what you love? (more…)

Why Purposeful Companies Create Value for All They Serve

purposeful companies return on investment

What’s the ROI of Purpose? 6 Steps to Take Toward Better Business: Why Purposeful Companies Create Value for All They Serve #BtheChange via @ConsciousCoMag
— B Corporation (@BCorporation) June 8, 2019

The universe of people committed to helping leaders lead from Purpose is still a relatively small one, so I loved that I came across this tweet from B Corporation, then when I clicked through, it was by Laurie Bennett of Within People, who I came across at the Meaning Conference last year, having known two of the partners in his business for some time.

In my work I typically support leaders 1:1, with this regularly involving extending this to their teams. As with Within People, we both work with leaders around people, culture, stories, engagement and more. In short, love their work!

This week I’m on a roll around Purpose being at the heart of business as a force for good. Two days ago I wrote: “Doing the right thing can make you more money” and yesterday I wrote: “Make Purpose the first P in your triple bottom line“.

In that latter post, I promised that today I’d curate an article by Laurie Bennett, so here it is, chockful of links to real-world examples of businesses that put Purpose first, with Profit not as a driver but an outcome that then allows them to scale their impact.


Make Purpose the first P in your triple bottom line

Many will be familiar with the “three Ps” of the concept of the triple bottom line:

Profit, People, Planet

My career dates back over thirty years, focussed very much on growing businesses, which does mean making profits to enable them to scale.

Sometimes growing profits is really hard work, making scaling hard work.

Over time I worked out that it is far easier to scale if you put Purpose at the heart of your business, hence a while ago I came up with a new triple bottom line, of:

Purpose, People, Planet


Too much is never enough

too much is never enough

So recently I met a highly successful businessperson in their late 40s. As they told their story as an entrepreneur, they had earned amazing wealth by their late 20s, then moved continents and made 10x that much again within a few years, only to find they had reached such a high profile that politics stepped in and they had the feeling of losing it all. This individual is quite brilliant at business and so has gone on since then to once again be highly successful.

However, what do we mean by the word “success”? Is it all about making money and using that money to buy material things? Or, as this person explained, for them they do love to build businesses and so that means they make money, but since their tough experience with their first success, they look at success differently now. (more…)

A mission is only as good as the reasons for taking it on

Misson reason

Today a simple reminder from Hugh McLeod of Gaping Void.

I write daily to share what I learn so as to, in any way I can, support others in #MakingPotentialPossible. That phrase is my WHY and I can clearly connect to my writing practice to it.

What mission are you on and what are your reasons for taking it on?

I’ll always and often repeat this message in different ways, as we often forget it as we get stuck in the HOW and the WHAT.

Always remember to tell people why you want them to do something.

Always be clear on that why, and make sure you yourself are clear and motivated.

As I wrote recently: “Get clear on the WHY and the HOW is easy

Travel and Shifting Context

A one hour flight, thirty-five minutes drive, a converted shipping container on a farm overlooking a view for miles and miles of peace and tranquillity.

I live in the centre of London, an amazing bustling world city of something like 10 million people. Often it seems like most of them hustle through my local railway station, one of the busiest in Europe.

So, last weekend felt really different, spending two nights in this exquisite “tiny house”.

It got me thinking about the power of travel to shift our context, as well as the power of shifting context, of looking at things in different ways. (more…)

When business feels like family

we are family

This weekend I was in the Scottish Borders visiting family. Craving a curry, I found a restaurant with excellent ratings in a nearby market town.

What a discovery! The food was amazing, yet what tipped it off was the service from the staff and the comedic talents of the manager and maître’d. (more…)

Get clear on the WHY and the HOW is easy

rock pile exupery

“Les pierres du chantier ne sont en vrac qu’en apparence, s’il est, perdu dans le chantier, un homme, serait-il seul, qui pense cathédrale.”

This is a quote from Antoine Saint-Exupery, author of one of my favourite books, The Little Prince (my post on that book here). I’ve shared the original French here too, as it can be translated in multiple different ways depending on the viewpoint of the reader.

All too often the work we do in life can all too easily feel like a pile of rocks to move, to pile up. We can do it, follow instructions. do as we are told, but hardly stimulating work. (more…)

Do you know the hidden assets in your business?

Hidden Assets

As a leader, I am sure you know what your Assets and Liabilities are. You know, the component parts of your Balance Sheet that you leverage to create the Revenues and then Profits on your Income Statement.

Sure, you know what those are. However, what about your hidden assets, do you know what they are?

Typically what I find is that the honest answer is most often “what do you mean by hidden assets?”. So, what do I mean by hidden assets? (more…)

Drawing one voice out of two separate strings

Violin Drawing one voice out of two separate strings

Today’s post comes from one of my usual wide-ranging conversations with my brilliant friend Bruce Peters. Our general theme was, as it often is, about how to support organisations and leaders to play to their strengths in a way that is, in Bruce’s words, “Beyond Teal” or in mine, about #OpenLeadership. As my home page puts it:

“Command-and-control leadership is losing its grip. A new way of thinking is emerging: leadership that embraces change as constant, encourages individual thought, relies on intuition more than data, fluidity more than hierarchy, trust more than fear, and the common good more than profit.”

Today, an inspiring poem that inspires and gives food for thought on how any leader, any organisation, can inspire and draw the most from every person within it. (more…)

Leading from Purpose – your golden opportunity

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“There is a natural pull for executives, even CEOs, to be managers rather than leaders. They can become so focused on profit that they cannot generate profit because they cannot release the human commitment that lies dormant in the organization. The workforce does not flourish or exceed expectations. 

This blindness is your opportunity. If you dedicate yourself to learning how to imbue an organization with purpose, your chances of succeeding at every level go up.  You will be able to do what many CEOs cannot do.”

~ Robert E. Quinn, from his post “A Golden Opportunity(more…)

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