Organisations spend considerable time on corporate values and mission statements, but even the most inspiring can fade into the background when the work begins.
What people really need to feel engaged and satisfied by their jobs, is an inner sense of purpose. In the time I’ve spent in executive search, I’ve found that no matter one’s level, industry or career, we all need to find a personal sense of meaning in what we do. The purpose of the organisation needs to align with their own for people to join, stay, and contribute fully. Many people haven’t quite found their purpose yet, or to coin a phrase from Bill George (ex-CEO Medtronic) “found their true north”.
“If you can’t figure out your purpose, find out your passion. For your passion will lead you right to your purpose”. T.D.Jakes.
My executive coach helped me realise that as a leader, you can help your team develop their sense of purpose. Having regular check ins can really help them to explore what is important to them and help you build a high level of trust.
During a one of your regular catch ups, you could consider asking some questions to help them explore:
- their strengths and open possibilities from there.
- or rediscover what they love about work.
- highlight what work they value most.
- see how today’s work helps them advance toward future goals.
- to think about and foster relationships that make work more meaningful.
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“For years I realised what was holding me back most was my lack of self-belief to ‘dare’ to contribute and challenge – especially in a larger group. I would often wait until meetings were over, but now feel comfortable to speak up and accept any potential push-backs for what they are and not take them personally.” – CEO Healthcare
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