Team Building Tips: Connecting to your Purpose

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs “He who has a ‘why’ to live for can bear almost any ‘how’.” – Friedrich Nietzsche In our team building workshops, whether we are focusing on leadership, motivation or on how to work better as team, conversations often touch upon “purpose”. Happily, much has been written about connecting to our values and purpose in life and in work. In his book, “The 8th Habit”, Stephen R. Covey wrote about the importance of “finding your voice” as a leader. This involves, among other things, developing their moral sense of a greater right and wrong into a drive toward meaning and contribution. Bill George, author of “True North” and “Authentic Leadership”, presents a strong case for developing leaders and companies that are purpose-driven rather than merely financially oriented. And Daniel Pink, in his book “Drive”, has identified “purpose” as one of the three most powerful motivators in today’s knowledge-based workforce. There is a lot to be said for clarifying one’s own purpose as a leader and in helping employees connect to the purpose of the organization. It is what engages us all in our work and gives our lives meaning beyond the paycheck. Connecting with your own purpose: One of the rarest resources for most leaders is time to reflect. Yet that is exactly what leaders need if they are to be effective, authentic and purpose-driven. We are not talking just about reflecting on experiences and learning from them (although this is good...