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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 […]

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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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Why The Best Leaders Aren’t People: The Charisma of Purpose

Instead, innovative and emerging research shows that a compelling and other-centered authentic purpose – “the invisible leader” – may be the most powerful influencer of our behaviors, attitudes, and motivation in organizations, work, school, and life. Here’s how it works. The Power of the Invisible Leader The University of Colorado Buffaloes finished the 1988 football […]

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