I have entered a time of great tumult. We are remodeling our house, and after hoping we would be able to remain in the house during the remodel we’ve been told by the contractor that it is simply not possible nor advisable to stay in the house. I understand all the reasons to vacate the house, but it requires lots of change and has so many moving parts that I feel overwhelmed.
I can understand why. Over the weekend we found a short term lease (that takes dogs), debated with the rental company the merits of requiring five months of bank statements that will be retained in hard copy for seven years for a rental that only lasts three months, moved furniture out of our current house, sold our dining room furniture, visited two houses to view paint colors, tried desperately to understand the logic of a subcontractors price for our new heating system, dealt with an allergic outbreak from our dog, and had dear friends over for dinner. This feels like the new normal in our house.
What keeps me going is the purpose for all the tumult. We have a very clear vision for our house and believe our home will provide us with great enjoyment as well as a deep sense of peace of mind. There is nothing accidental about what we are doing. Each decision with regard to the house is being made purposefully and intentionally. And that made me think about leadership and how without leadership you only have chaos and confusion.
I have had the good pleasure of working with some stellar leaders, teams and organizations over my career. Each of the stellar performers I’ve worked with does something not all leaders do…they work with a deep sense of purpose. It is never by accident that a person or team achieves a high level of performance – it is intentional and purposeful. Sometimes the purpose is not clear to the star performer, but when you pull back the curtain on what makes them tick you will see purpose looming large.
In the hopes of helping you live a more purposeful professional life I have eight questions that can be a catalyst for greater purpose. These eight questions represent the level of engagement you have with regards to your purpose, and when answered in the affirmative will help position you for a significant jump in performance. On a one through ten scale, (one is low and ten is high), rate yourself on the following:
1. I have a clearly articulated purpose that guides my everyday actions?
2. I have unquestioningly committed to my purpose rather than simply complying with some theoretical construct?
3. On a daily, weekly and monthly basis I actively, intentionally, and strategically focus on my purpose?
4. I actively solicit feedback as to how I’m doing with regards to achieving my purpose and how to accelerate the accomplishment of my purpose?
5. My purpose has gotten the attention of others in my department and is making the status quo obsolete in my culture?
6. My purpose not only drives my conversations and behaviors but it is from my perspective the jumping off point for significant professional and personal growth?
7. My purpose prompts me to talk with passion, listen with empathy, and act with enthusiasm?
8. The people I work with have commented on how my purpose/work is making a positive difference?
What is your score out of a possible 80?
What are the implications for this score?
What question received the highest and lowest score? What are the implications for these questions being rated high and low?