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Be on a mission that doesn't suck

Be on a mission that doesn't suck | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

If you’re job hopping, serially starting companies, or constantly burned out, ask yourself: why is this happening? Chances are, it’s as simple as not being on a mission that you care about. When you’re really doing something you love, stress can actually improve productivity (this isn’t necessarily founded in science, just personal observation), whereas when you’re drudging along, stress compounds an already adverse circumstance.

 

So what makes a mission that doesn’t suck?

 

The best missions, it would seem, are those keep you cranking day after day. They’re ambitious, improbable, and fundamentally thrilling. Some of the loftiest are missions that can never quite be fulfilled. Google’s famously is “to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful.” Starbucks wants to “inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighborhood at a time.” Whole Foods believes that“companies, like individuals, must assume their share of responsibility as tenants of Planet Earth.”

 

AlGonzalezinfo's insight:

My mission is to help current and #futureleaders everywhere create cultures full of transparency and free of fear, instead of the opposite.  It motivates me every day.

 

What is your mission?

  

 

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AlGonzalezinfo's comment, January 10, 2013 2:39 AM
Good question Jean-Phillipe. In my experience, things like possible organizational changes or possible layoffs are the types of issues that can lead to lots of fear. My guiding light is to talk openly about the reality the team is facing and what is being done about it. It is key to make it safe for staff to openly share their concerns and address their concerns openly. The opposite will result in negative watercooler talk and growing distortions that make everything worse. Big topic here.
Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN's comment, January 10, 2013 1:37 PM
Thank You Al for your point of view. Conscious fear may be acceptable only if followed by positive transformal action.
Michal Zachar's comment, January 10, 2013 1:40 PM
All mankind is in bondage. Each faith is slavery (and unlimited faith in the power of love). Yes every so-called "giving a heart full of love" (not because we think we can, but because we want), every religion, every church, every synagogue, every such temple is nothing but a prison with open doors. A door to them are deliberately open so provoked in you the illusion that you are not in jail. And what will happen when i close this door?
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6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths

6 Steps to Sustainable Teams: Start with Strengths | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
A great leader does what they can to make themselves and people around them succeed and excel to their fullest potential. If you as a leader aren't doing this, then it's time to focus on becoming a...
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Wasting talent reduces profits!

Wasting talent reduces profits! | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it

Mathematicians and other rational people will ask if this produces any extra profit.

 

Van der Lee: “Willliam A. Schiemann (2009) has established a number of hard number observations based on very wide research. These findings are described in his book Reinventing Talent Management, How to Maximize performance in the new marketplace.

 

Schiemann demonstrates among other things that in organizations in which Strategy, Culture and Talent are aligned to each other (so called Highly Aligned Organizations) profit can double with respect to the competition.”

AlGonzalezinfo's insight:

Richard van der Lee writes a compelling article on the value of maximizing staff member talent:

 

Enough of excuses such as ‘it takes time,’ ‘it is unprofitable,’ ‘it is the responsibility of HR,’ ‘we already pay enough staff expenses.’ “By utilizing talents that are relevant at that moment for market developments, organizations can align with the market more dynamically.


It is kicking at an open door when you conclude that utilizing talent, on the basis of the previously formulated definition, results in both customer satisfaction and an increase of satisfaction amongst employees, allowing organizations to take a lead over the competition with consequent improvement in (financial) results” Van der Lee states.

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Leading Green: 6 Steps to Sustainable Teams

Leading Green: 6 Steps to Sustainable Teams | #BetterLeadership | Scoop.it
The key to leading sustainable teams, or "Leading Green," is to enable an organizational culture that is full of trust and free of fear, instead of full of fear and free of trust.
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