As we launch into a New
Year it's a time to set goals and to focus on achieving them but it's
also a good time to check to see that we've set "End Goals" and not just
You know what I mean don't you? It's traditional in business to set
profit goals, but not so traditional to think beyond those profits
(those "means") to how we want to use them (our "ends"). Now's the ideal
time to make sure you spend 2012 aiming for "what really matters" rather
than for "what really glitters".
To paraphrase Bobby Kennedy, whether it's a country measuring its Gross
Domestic Product, or a business measuring its Profit, neither measures
"the health of our children, the quality of their education nor the joy
of their play. It measures neither our wisdom nor our learning, neither
our wit nor our courage, neither our compassion nor our devotion to
country. It measures everything in short, except that which makes life
Profit is just one dimension of business, of the economy and of our
community as a whole. Two other dimensions - "purpose" and "meaning" -
are now beginning to exert a larger influence upon how we go about
achieving the first, and can thus shape both our personal and collective
Good Goals Attract (and Retain) Good People
There is now a strong and growing body of evidence that enterprises that
clarify their purpose for being and the meaning they invest in their
activities will increasingly attract those whom social commentator Hugh
Mackay calls "the affluent purpose seekers". These are generally
intelligent, talented, energetic and self-disciplined people (that's how
they became affluent in the first place, and why they seek purpose) and
it's these folk who tend to tick all of the boxes in terms of what we
seek in an ideal team member.
So the interesting question you might like to ask yourself is, "Am I an
affluent purpose seeker?" If you're ready to explore that BIG question,
here are three smaller questions (posed by Norman Drummond, visiting
professor of leadership at Edinburgh University) that may help lead you
towards the BIG answer:
1. Who are you?
2. Why are you living and working the way that you are?
3. What might you yet become and do with the rest of your life?
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