#Business #Purpose #PositiveImpact

I’ve been banging on about corporate ‘bad behaviour’, useless visions, meaningless values and ‘I couldn’t care less’ corporate objectives for some time now. Sadly, the majority of organisations and businesses in Australia fail to focus on what’s of real value and fail to treat people like the unique human beings that we are. “People should not be afterthoughts or inputs to be used and discarded.” (Rosabeth Moss Kanter) We’re fatigued – we’re “on” for too long every day and we’re not deriving meaning from our work. Of course, there are those who ‘say’ they thrive on being busy (well, that’s bollocks!) and love grabbing that plate of last night’s left-overs out of the work fridge at 3.00pm, exclaiming loud enough for everyone to hear that this is the first time they’ve eaten today. They need help. It’s time for business to take some responsibility for the state of the global community and to start giving back, realising that not only will they contribute to something incredibly important but people will be doing far more focused and meaningful work. It’s been put forward for a long time now that the key objective of business is to make as much money as possible. Focusing on the maximisation of short-term profits has meant that all decisions are fiscally based and fiscally expressed. This is how we measure success. We value commodities that are of no value to the wellbeing of humanity (such as diamonds) but we don’t value water which is critical to our survival or any other environmental factor we depend on for our survival. And as for the relentless focus...

A Business Without a Purpose is a Business Without Purpose

There’s no doubt! The shift in focus towards work that has meaning beyond profit for nothing other than financial gain, is accelerating. And with it comes greater levels of productivity. For two days in December, I experienced a gathering of 200 people (we’re now a tribe) who came together for a purpose. Many doing ethically and socially great things, many who were curious, those who were trying to find their way and people who want to do things differently by making a positive social and environmental impact – to help restore the balance. You can’t help but come away from something like that feeling inspired, totally motivated and empowered to make a difference -#Purpose2015, Sydney. I have now mined, refined and defined my business purpose and provide 5% gross revenue to three Australian causes. I now help other business define their purpose – their contribution. Like many of you, I’ve come from a series of working environments where business has been about making a profit for no other reason than to make a profit. Making money is how success has been defined. It took me a while to realise that the visions, the values, the strategic objectives and the corporate social responsibilities have been nothing short of cursory glances at getting people to “believe” and ensuring regulatory obligations were fulfilled. And out of this have emerged really crappy managers and leaders focused on status and their own success (however they define it). Is this part of the corporate success story? Businesses that have modelled themselves on profit above all else have monumentally failed to capture the hearts and minds...

Why We Need to Work With the Brain

I decided to write this series of blogs because of many of the experiences I’ve had at work – not knowing what was going on with me, sometimes unable to figure out what was going with others and always questioning why this company I’m working for doesn’t care about anything other than making a profit…for no other reason than to make a profit. I’m still hearing and seeing the same story in workplaces today. If I knew back then what I know now about the brain and had found more time to step back and reflect on my feelings, my experiences would have been richer; I would have done things differently. The great thing is, knowing about the brain today has made my life richer in so many ways; my approach to my work and what I deliver for others is far more meaningful, focused and impactful. A piece of noggin nourishment that has helped me enormously is knowing that we are hard wired for meaning and purpose. I knew it! I knew my values didn’t align well with most of the organisations I worked with but I didn’t know why or what to do about it, other than to leave that organisation and move on to the next one that was equally lacking in meaning. I thought it was just me being weird or never being able to settle into the corporate treadmill. The ‘unpurposeful’ focus of these organisations, their meaningless values and their ways of doing things failed to capture my heart and mind. They’re still out there!  But I get the feeling that their relevance and...

Why We Need to Start With the Brain

This is not another blog that’s telling you stuff about how the brain works, because you probably already know. If you don’t know anything about the brain, you won’t be reading this because you most likely aren’t interested, you are too time poor to find out or you’re some kind of neurosceptic. This blog is for those who are interested. This blog asks the ‘interesteds’ to share, spread the word, influence and encourage the others, and to expand your own noggin nourishment knowledge and apply what you understand. We have an extraordinary catalogue of evidence about how the brain works that we must start paying more attention to it. For goodness sake, it’s what keeps us alive, it’s the home of good and bad thoughts that translate into good and bad stuff. And considering the world is pretty stuffed up with greed, desire, rapidly increasing inequality, exponential poverty, the pillage and destruction of natural habitats and a burgeoning population that’s compounding all of these problems, it’s time to start understanding what it is that drives us so that we can perhaps change the way we think and take more positive action. The societal problems we constantly hear and see, don’t always make me feel proud of our species. It’s time we learned how to better live and work with one another, for our own sakes. Knowing about the brain is the first step to understanding better why we behave, act and respond the way we do. And applying that knowledge into business environments is a great place to start given the influence that business and work has on society....