the-power-of-purpose

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSure, there is no shortage of people who hold positions of power and authority, or who are put on a pedestal and proclaimed a leader - by the media, their supporters, or often themselves. But they aren't leaders. Actual leadership is in short supply.
I am constantly in search of the next thing that I can do to provide my family and colleagues with another accomplishment that they can be proud of.
If your "why" is big enough, it's going to be a "why" that requires patience.
Contrary to popular belief, busy is not good in and of itself. Busy is only good from both professional and personal standpoints if you're working productively to achieve a meaningful goal, and one which justifies the time, effort and energy put towards this task.
Some business leaders inspire our work. But some unique individuals inspire our vocation.
What if the answers we're looking for to better educate kids in U.S. schools actually exist within the best methods being deployed for those at the absolute base of the pyramid -- the underserved children living in bamboo and mud huts across the developing world?
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgMandela, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gandhi all went to jail instead of abandoning their beliefs. Our politicians seem more keen to abandon their beliefs to stay in office.
Simon Sinek's TEDTalk: "How Great Leaders Inspire Action" has over 13 million views. His focus is on answering the critical question for brands, society and people... The "WHY".
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgThe way you get people to do what you want, the way you get people to buy your product or use your service, the way you get people to follow your lead - it is all the same. You let these people know what is in it for them.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgPerhaps that's why I am so drawn to brands who communicate to me in those terms. Indeed I'm fiercely loyal to these brands. Why? These brands are part of my identity because their why is my who.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIf we can learn to harness flow in our own lives, then it's not just superman. It's the rise of everyone.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgNo matter how you look at it, no matter which field you are in, no matter how brilliant your ideas are, success is a team sport.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSince women have known and done this all along, their winning strategy is not to try to be more like men, but to be authentically themselves. They just need to do a better job of telling the world what they are doing and, well, why.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgDo you need the grand ideas of a Henry Ford, a Steve Jobs or a Mahatma Gandhi to inspire people? Not necessarily.
2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgWe are too often programmed to start with "the what and the how" -- the service or product and the way it does its thing -- and omit the greater value of it all.
simon sinekIn one of the most popular TEDTalks of all time, Simon Sinek vividly illustrates the communication style that history's most influential people and organizations share.