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How to activate self-responsibility and create more meaningful work

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A meaningful life is a responsible life and we need to be able to stay in charge of what makes life meaningful for us, especially at work. 

Viktor Frankl: “In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only respond by being responsible”. 

During the past 2 years I’ve interviewed hundreds of organisations who were either activating social and environmental purpose or creating a meaningful working culture inside their organisations. I met a very few where they’ve been able to do both. Read More

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The Purposeful Enterprise Summit 2016 – Forum for the Future Net Positive

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I have long been an admirer of Forum for the Future so it was a no brainer for me to take the chance to meet with them as part of The Purposeful Enterprise Summit. Although this is a multi-faceted organisation with a deep reach into the future of sustainable enterprise, this time last year I was most interested in Forum for the Future’s Net-Positive programme which had launched the year before. For me Net-Positive came at a time when I was desperately looking for new, interesting models to move the sustainability agenda forwards. I felt there was a need for something that was better than ‘better than bad’, and even circular didn’t seem to encompass both social and environmental needs. Net-Positive was one of the most positive developments of 2015, so I was keen to explore it with the organisation’s pioneering CEO Sally Uren. Read More

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The Purposeful Enterprise Summit Richard Barrett on Values-Driven Organisations

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When I first met Richard at The RSA in London, the first thing that struck me was his intense vitality for life.  He started The Barrett Values Centre in his 50s after a long career in international economics and finance, and bounded into the room like an enthusiastic teenager.  Richard was one of my key guests on The Purposeful Enterprise Summit, as I knew he completely understood the psychology of organisations alongside human development.  I wasn’t disappointed with interview and it turned out to be the most popular interview of the series.

What struck me most about Richard is his ability to make understandable the huge complexity around how and why we move as individuals between consciousness levels.  He really helped me to understand why, despite much personal development, I have struggled to behave with the level of consciousness I want to after a period of reversals of fortunes.  This was something I had never considered before.  He was just as able to explain  the impact of our childhood environment can do to our ability to self-actualise in a lifetime.  I found the hour I spent with Richard hugely rewarding and often listen again to this interview.  Read More

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Why Activating Purpose is at the heart of creating a good life

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Given the turmoil of first few month’s of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the on-going anxiety w feel about Brexit, you could be forgiven for losing all sense of hope of a thriving future for people and planet. To see the chaos caused at airports over his sudden lurch towards banning access to the US for refugees and passport holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and to witness the disappearance of all mention of climate change from the White House and Environmental Agency’s websites, are alone cause for concern. But could these kinds of decisions act in a positive way for us, activating the primordial sense of survival that kicks in whenever we are in danger? Can the on-going uncertainty and volatility propel us forward in our goals go creating a good Life and a thriving future? Read More

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Overcoming challenges of activating purpose in organisations

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I’m often inspired to write a post following a meeting or conversation with a client, but even more so after conversations with prospective clients.  When you are listening deeply to the needs of someone you hope to work with, you can gain important insights into what needs to happen in their business, but also how your own work can improve and be more relevant.  In this case I was discussing supporting an organisation who had already begun the early stage of work to investigate the basis for a future purpose-led inspiring vision for their company might be, and looking at the challenges of articulating a new vision and activating that purpose throughout the company.

Once you have started to hold discussions and exploratory workshops with some of your employees and other stakeholders, it’s often the case that the amount of data starts to look a little overwhelming.  Of course you can look externally for help (mine, hopefully!) but if you’ve committed to a fully internal process, what could your next steps be? Read More

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How Universal Basic Income can help us live with uncertainty

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A while ago I started a series of posts about learning to live with uncertainty. Something we all have to get used to in these volatile, changeable, uncertain times. I have always thought of it as one of the key characteristics of the serial entrepreneur but today Frances Coppola also reminded me that its increasingly true for many more people. As the future of work changes and unfolds, much larger numbers of people are being forced to live with the challenge of uncertain income and certain outgoings. What’s going to help them cope with this change? Read More