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How to Build Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization — Dan Pontefract

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How to Build Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization — Dan Pontefract

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  2. 2. This presentation consists of highlights from the interview with Moe Abdou, founder & host of 33voices®.
  3. 3. Dan Pontefract is the author of “FLAT ARMY: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization” (May, 2013) and “THE PURPOSE EFFECT: Building Meaning in Yourself, Your Role and Your Organization” (May 2016). He is Chief Envisioner of TELUS Transformation Office; a future- of-work consulting group that helps organizations enhance corporate culture, leadership, learning, work styles & collaboration practices. Dan Pontefract @dpontefract Chief Envisioner at TELUS
  4. 4. Purpose-first organizations seek balance, harmony and the ultimate alignment between: Insight #1
  5. 5. Purpose-first organizations seek balance, harmony and the ultimate alignment between: An Individual’s Personal Purpose Insight #1
  6. 6. Purpose-first organizations seek balance, harmony and the ultimate alignment between: The Organization’s Driving Purpose Insight #1
  7. 7. Purpose-first organizations seek balance, harmony and the ultimate alignment between: The Role each person plays within the organization Insight #1
  8. 8. Insight #2 Personal Purpose is a perpetual cycle of self-discovery (to reach your why); the questions of what, who and how should continually be explored:
  9. 9. Insight #2 Personal Purpose is a perpetual cycle of self-discovery (to reach your why); the questions of what, who and how should continually be explored: Develop - What are you doing to grow and establish your personal values, priorities and attributes?
  10. 10. Insight #2 Personal Purpose is a perpetual cycle of self-discovery (to reach your why); the questions of what, who and how should continually be explored: Define - Who are you trying to become in life?
  11. 11. Insight #2 Personal Purpose is a perpetual cycle of self-discovery (to reach your why); the questions of what, who and how should continually be explored: Decide - How will you operate when balancing the realities of life with the opportunity for growth?
  12. 12. Insight #3 A person’s ideals manifest when they’re pursuing and then attaining a life of purpose. To make a living is not longer enough, as Peter Drucker said, “work also has to make a life.”
  13. 13. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage:
  14. 14. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage: Remuneration - Handle people’s pay with dignity
  15. 15. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage: Profit - Purpose before Profit
  16. 16. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage: Role - Position team members for opportunities to create value and recognize them accordingly
  17. 17. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage: Performance - Performance management isn’t a once a year conversation, it’s an ongoing daily activity
  18. 18. Insight #4 When individuals and organizations are ‘Not On Purpose,’ it’s likely that one or more of these factors that causing the most damage: Power - Use power wisely….If you have to tell someone you’re powerful, you aren’t
  19. 19. Insight #5 Successful and purposeful team members share these three behaviors:
  20. 20. Insight #5 Successful and purposeful team members share these three behaviors: They’re constantly at odds with the status quo. As such, they seek to answer the question: What am I doing to evolve myself?
  21. 21. Insight #5 Successful and purposeful team members share these three behaviors: They’re constantly adjusting their disposition, character, identity, attributes and qualities to ensure new levels of success: Who am I in life and at work?
  22. 22. Insight #5 Successful and purposeful team members share these three behaviors: They’re continually choosing whether to operate with truth or dishonesty, with openness or intolerance, with grit or timidity, with love or hostility: How will I operate and be perceived by others?
  23. 23. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS:
  24. 24. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS: Delighting their customers
  25. 25. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS: Engaging their team members
  26. 26. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS: Being Ethical within society
  27. 27. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS: Delivering fair practices
  28. 28. Insight #6 The Purpose-first organization never stops doing Good DEEDS: Serving all stakeholders
  29. 29. Insight #7 “If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Wherever you are - if you are following your bliss, you are enjoying that refreshment, that life within you, all the time.” - Joseph Campbell on Role
  30. 30. Insight #8 ‘Communitas’ is the ultimate definition of a Purpose-driven solidarity between the organization & it’s team members. It engenders both the feeling and spirit of togetherness.
  31. 31. Insight #9 “Profit and purpose are not in conflict, the closer and tighter we focus on purpose, the more profit grows. The more we focus on profit, the less we make.” - Mike Desjardins, ViRTUS
  32. 32. Insight #10 If you’re serious about creating a personal declaration of purpose, follow this technique:
  33. 33. Insight #10 If you’re serious about creating a personal declaration of purpose, follow this technique: Incorporate how you decide to operate your life - how you will show up - each and every day.
  34. 34. Insight #10 If you’re serious about creating a personal declaration of purpose, follow this technique: Be succinct, specific and jargon-free, but ensure the declaration is equally expressive
  35. 35. Insight #10 If you’re serious about creating a personal declaration of purpose, follow this technique: Make it personal, make it yours and incorporate strengths, interests and/or core attributes.
  36. 36. Reflect On a scale of 1-5, how aligned is your personal purpose & role with your organization’s purpose? tweet us!
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