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Grow on Purpose

It’s the one piece of advice we all know is true, but don’t necessarily want to hear. If I could say one thing to my generation it would be this – Grow on purpose!

Grow on Purpose

Over the past few weeks, I’ve received scores of email with questions and comments about self-development and leadership. And the resulting conversations often involve how to improve priority management and make better decisions.

Leaders and team members are looking for solutions to complex challenges in their life and work. And our conversations inevitably lead back to the same solution – grow on purpose.

When life happens

When your words are misunderstood. When people are criticizing you. When you think you can’t handle any more – grow on purpose.

When you feel discouraged and you want to quit – keep growing.

When you’re not sure if your life or your work is making a difference. When you don’t know if your leadership or influence matters – just grow on purpose.

There is one, and only one, silver bullet solution to breaking through to the next level in your life and work — to becoming the leader you long to be: You must grow!

Whatever you do – don’t stop

So many people struggle when vision or plans are unclear. They don’t know where to start or how to move forward. And they do the absolute worst thing – they stop.

So when you’re feeling unsupported, blocked, or stuck – grow on purpose.

When it doesn’t feel like you and your team are making progress – don’t stop, keep growing.

When your  life and work seems designed to frustrate you and thwart your plans on your journey – grow on purpose.

Don’t stop. Keep going. Your breakthrough is closer than you think. Just keep growing.

Stop and start

No matter where you are on your journey, successful leaders who have gone before you knew one thing – the secret is to keep growing. So keep moving. Keep deciding. Keep learning. Keep leading.

Whatever your fear – grow on purpose.

If you feel like a wannabe – grow on purpose.

If you are waiting for your “big break” (and it feels like you’ve been waiting forever) – grow on purpose.

Grow. Step up. Lead. When you’re done, do it again. There’s no better way to make maximum impact – grow on purpose.

Stop complaining, whining, and questioning yourself. Stop criticizing others. Stop blaming everyone and everything else. And start doing this one very simple (but very difficult) thing – grow on purpose.

Article by Michael Nichols


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Developing a Vision with Your Team

My team had experienced significant change and growth. I realized that the speed of change within our organization was demanding that we focus on keeping up with projects while neglecting strategic planning and development.

While this approach was productive in the short-term, I knew that it was not sustainable. So I began assessing ways to clarify priorities and unify the team around common goals and objectives.

Not enough

Hard work is not enough. Productivity is not enough. Every team needs vision!

Michael Hyatt has a great podcast that details the relationship between vision and productivity. Just as you do, I know that many organizations have detailed core values, mission statements, and vision statements. And most growing organizations review and communicate them regularly.

Our organization has them, too! But the organizational vision could not clarify what our team members belong to, what we will build, and what we will become. And we needed that – we needed a team vision.

While our team was aware of company and institutional vision statements, they had never considered a department vision or a vision for their individual positions. I also knew thatthe vision would fail if I developed it and presented it to them to adopt. I needed to give the team the opportunity to decide if they were ready to develop a vision to take our work to the next level.

Vision process

So I worked together with Building Champions executive coach Raymond Gleason, to develop the following process:

1. We setup a team meeting to discuss vision. Although I invested time and energy in planning for the meeting and assumed that they would decide to move forward, I was determined not to move forward without them. We would proceed together, or we would wait – together.

So we scheduled several hours away from the office at a local community clubhouse – a relaxing setting which facilitated great collaborative discussion of vision.

2. Prior to the meeting I circulated the Harvard Business Review article, Building Your Company’s Vision, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I also developed a simple worksheet to help my team think through the article. I asked each team member to review the article and complete the worksheet prior to the meeting and to be prepared to discuss business vision.

3. In the meeting, we reviewed the article and worksheet – focusing on the four components of vision – core convictions, core purpose, goals, and vivid description.

4. We reviewed the organization’s Core Values, Mission, and Vision. This is particularly helpful for younger, inexperienced team members as well as new members who may not have seen them.

5. I then asked them, Does it make sense for our team to have a vision? Every one of them expressed that a team vision would add significant value to our work. Several admitted that they didn’t understand the steps necessary to develop it, but they believed it to be critical if we are to continue to grow.

Several team members readily observed that, while the organizational vision was bold and effective, it was not specific enough for our team. We needed to develop our own.

6. The next step was to set up a vision development meeting. The vision development meeting should be a minimum of a half-day meeting – a full day is better. In this meeting the group works together through the eBook, Creating Your Business Vision, and drafts the vision. You can get a FREE copy of this by clicking here.

7. Following the meeting, our team leaders finalized the vision document and distributed it to the team.

8. Then, most importantly, we’ve been sharing the vision every chance we get!

I can tell you from experience that your work, your team, your influence, your leadership, your energy, will ever be the same! Because of this one purposeful decision.

Article by Michael Nichols


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