Employees want impact

What today’s employees want is the ability to have an impact in their work, the flexibility of when and where to do their work, to see their work connected to a bigger purpose, and to have the opportunity to learn and grow in their careers. Compensation is a key external motivator, but recent studies have […]

Specificity is crucial

Specificity is a crucial ingredient. The more focused and particular a gathering is, the more narrowly it frames itself and the more passion it arouses.

We don’t set out to be mediocre

Nobody sets out to create a product or company that’s mediocre or, worse still, one that causes harm. We all want to do work that matters. We start every day with that intention. And yet, despite our best efforts, we falter. We sometimes take shortcuts. Say things we don’t mean. the author says we do […]

Win by mattering

Great companies have something in common: they don’t try to matter by winning. They win by mattering. The people who build them know what they stand for and act on those beliefs. What they think, say and do are always in alignment. Their story is consistent. Great companies rise to our expectations by being who […]

Make money for the art

Creative work is a costly endeavor, both in time and resources, calling us to dedicate large amounts of our lives to it without any immediate reward. When we find ways to make money, it buys us time and gives us the opportunity to create more. This was why Michelangelo never stopped working long after he’d […]

Don’t do what is expected

If we want to become artists, we are going to have to break some rules. We cannot do just what is expected of us. At some point, we must break away from the status quo and forge a new path. As it turns out, this is how creativity works best.

The script doesn’t always fit

Sometimes in life, the script we’re given no longer fits the story we want to live. We realize the rules we were following were assigned by someone who did not have our best interests in mind. And now, we must do something about it.

Enjoy your work

You should love your assignment, not just endure it. You can’t expect every day to be glamorous and to fire you up. Some things you just have to weather. But if you dread getting out of bed and diving into your occupation or engaging with your assignment, something must change. You should love what you […]

Your job is not your calling

Tailspin. That’s what many people go into when they get laid off or their company files for bankruptcy. Why? Because many people think their job is their calling. But deep down we know this isn’t true; otherwise one would be unable to live his or her calling before entering the workforce or after retirement. It […]

Identity and Calling

Many people conflate calling with identity. They confuse who they are with what they are made to do. While the two are connected, they are not the same. Identity is who you are, but calling is how you express that. Calling is your purpose.