In my 30 years working as a business mentor specialising in leadership development, the biggest problems that I come across are at heart purpose or process problems or both. What is also fascinating is that many leaders name purpose and process problems, people problems when 9 times out of 10 the problem is not a person.
First purpose. Many leaders still believe that profit is the purpose of business. Many politicians think economic growth is the be all and end all.
Here’s what I believe: profit is not a reason (i.e. purpose) for being in business, rather profit a result of being good at business. Confuse reason with result and you are asking for trouble.
In the same way by making economic growth the purpose the powers that be create a myriad of problems for our society and everyone and everything in it.
Process is a little more complicated.
Process management is one of the three key areas of accountability in heart-leadership. The other two are people leadership and progress sustainability.
In heart-leadership, which I believe is the new normal, your role is to ensure processes, (which include policies, procedures, practices, philosophies, principles, structures and systems), mean it’s simple for people to bring their essence to their work.
Just a reminder heart-leadership is the art of seeing, sometimes unearthing, mostly magnifying and enhancing people's essence (that’s difference-making personal significance), including your own.
Here's my heart-leadership programs. You will see at the link that I offer a complimentary heart-leadership check-up.
Maybe you would value it. Check-out the check-up and get in touch should it resonate with you.
Purpose and process problems are easily solvable. Solutions requires decisions.
First we need to decide the deep human reason we do what we do. Second we must decide to put people and planet before profit. We then systematically over time ensure that our processes mean it’s simple for people to bring their essence to their work.
Who will you become? What will you do next?
This is the sequence - who before do. In the new world the focus is on being and then doing.
Hopefully we are closing down the old world that focused on doing before being.
Do Your Work.