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The Science of Mattering: Why Purpose Isn’t Optional

Purpose is not optional, but awakening it is. You and whatever you do in your life, work, or organization has an inevitable, far-reaching consequence on the world. The key mindset shift to living and leading with purpose is taking responsibility for that inevitable consequence on others’ lives, to believe that you and what you do matters. In organizations, that means …

A Results Mindset vs. A Purposeful Mindset

“When you live by results, you die by results,” a good friend once told me in graduate school. And in my work with people and organizations, I’ve seen it time and time again. The university student who rests their own self-worth and “success” on achieving a grade, getting into a prestigious graduate school, or landing …

4 Lessons on Connecting People to Purpose From NASA’s Moon Landing

It’s a familiar organizational leadership story. A well-intentioned leader reads a report on the researched power of purpose or sees a competitor doing it. He or she brings a group together to craft a purpose statement that is timeless, human-centered, far-reaching, and grand. The leader then “communicates” this purpose internally and externally hoping to inspire a sense of meaningfulness or …

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