Vision, Values, and Purpose

  • Bringing Values to Life
    A key test of whether core values are alive and real in an organization is to ask team members at random to recite those values. If they can't do it without referring to a piece of paper, there are either too many values or they aren't being used in daily operations. More

  • Developing a Team or Organization Vision
    Vision is the critical focal point and beginning of high performance. Unless the hard work of striving, building, and improving follows, even the most vibrant vision will remain only a dream. More

  • Focus and Context: The Hub of Leadership
    The hub of leadership, Focus and Context, is where the contrast between management and leadership is possibly at its sharpest. It is the very beginning point of strong leadership. More

  • How Many Companies Lose That Loving Feeling
    Many successful companies are started by passionate zealots, full of energy and excitement. But once the Technomanagers take over, people are turned into their roles, systems, and processes — then their heart and soul are lost. More

  • Leaders Help People See Beyond What Is to What Could Be
    Successful entrepreneurs are leaders with vision who predict the future by inventing it. More

  • Leaders Shape Focus and Context
    Strong leaders connect and energize people. They work tirelessly to ensure that no ones loses sight of what it's all about. More

  • Leadership on Purpose
    Pursuing profits without a higher purpose or pursuing a purpose without profit are equally fatal strategies. Profits follow from worthy and useful purposes. Fulfilling the purpose comes first, and then the profits follow. More

  • Organizational Visioning Pathways and Pitfalls
    Vision is the critical focal point and beginning to high performance. Discover the Organizational Visioning approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success. More

  • Our Values Shape Our Character and Culture
    The vision and values we choose to fix in our minds today determines tomorrow's character and culture. We start to change who we're becoming and where we're headed when we change what we value and picture in our future. More

  • Pathways and Pitfalls to Clarifying Organizational Values
    Effectively using values to care for the context and provide focus to a team or organization can be very difficult leadership acts. Discover the Clarifying Organizational Values approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success. More

  • Pathways and Pitfalls to Living Organizational Values
    Core values are critical to effectively leading people. Discover the Living Organizational Values approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your pathway to success. More

  • Profits are a Reward, Not a Purpose
    Add a richer sense of meaning to our lives by developing purpose aimed at serving others. Profits are a reward. The size of our reward depends on the value of the service we've given others. More

  • The Purpose-Profit Paradox
    The paradox to be managed is: Companies that exist only to produce a profit don't last long and companies that don't pay attention to profits can't exist to fulfill their long-term purpose. More

  • Three Core Questions That Define Organizational Culture
    The 3 Ps — picture or preferred future, principles, and purpose — are critically important. Our answers to three basic questions define the team and/or organizational culture we are trying to create. More

  • Two Keys to Adding Values
    Designing statements, putting them into action and consistently showing what the organization stands for. More

  • Values-Based Leadership Has Huge Pay-Offs
    Teams and organizations with well-grounded, shared values that are alive and thriving, have much higher than average performance. These leaders, teams and organizations identify and live their core values. More

  • Vision at Work
    A compelling vision of the team or organization's preferred future keeps people from obsessing over present-day obstacles or getting stuck in the past. More

  • Visions Provide the Energizing Context to Reach Our Goals
    Goals need to be energized and focused by the larger context of exciting visions. These paint us into the big picture and draw us forward to the future of our dreams. More

  • What We Get is What We See
    A few tips and traps on chosen pathways that help teams and people throughout the organization to clarify or clearly see pictures of their preferred future. More

  • With All My Heart and Soul
    We need to be less afraid of death and more frightened by an empty life. When we feel the most love, passion, or energy is when we are the most alive. That's when our soul sings. More


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