Purpose

Leadership Is A Choice

February 13, 2012 20 Comments
Leadership Is A Choice

I’ve been chewing on the concept of leadership a lot lately. I think leadership is more a property of a group process than a characteristic of a person. I acknowledge that personal characteristics might make some more likely to engage in the process, or more likely to be perceived as successful once engaged in the [...]

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Enabling Covenantal Relationships

June 2, 2011 4 Comments
Enabling Covenantal Relationships

In contractual relationships, our primary concern is holding others accountable for high standards of performance. Effective contractual relationships require what we deal with others in good faith and that we assume full responsibility for performing our part of the arrangement. That is absolutely essential, but the normative trust and commitment of contractual relationships will never [...]

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Book Review: Full Steam Ahead

May 19, 2011 2 Comments
Book Review: Full Steam Ahead

I’ve written a lot about purpose on my blog, because I love it. Purpose is why we do what we do, and I think it is the missing ingredient in many businesses. Many businesses go to great lengths to produce statements that describe what they do, how they do it, where they do it, and [...]

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Meaningful Work: The Role Of Servant Leadership

April 18, 2011 4 Comments
Meaningful Work: The Role Of Servant Leadership

I’d like to share with you one of my favorite descriptions of meaningful work. Don’t miss the fact that the leader in this example learned the power of purpose from her employee. This passage can be found in Richard Daft’s textbook “The Leadership Experience”: Servant leadership can mean something as simple as encouraging others in [...]

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