Having a purpose vs being purposeful

2019 seemed like the year of talking about organizational purpose.

2020 will be the year for *practicing* it.

Forbes published an interesting article highlighting some work from Zach Mercurio around closing the gap between the idea of purpose and the practice of purposefulness

He says “we have to help employees make meaning. In today’s complex and fast-changing economy, we can’t assume that people understand how their work ladders up to larger, significant goals for their own performance, and by extension, that of our teams and organizations.”.

What I liked was the three simple recommendations that he makes for managers (though he should say leaders):

  1. Regularly show people how their work benefits others
  2. Help people tie their everyday tasks to a bigger purpose worth committing to
  3. Make contribution goals more important than achievement goals


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