Purpose is important, but you won’t change the world with it

Purpose is important, but you won’t change the world with it.

We need more love.

The reality is how this purpose and attached values do translate effectively into people’s behaviour, and assumptions, every day, in the workplace, in communities of practice and in networks…

We need more love.

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You can have a brilliant guiding star, purpose, mission, etc, and also be in a workplace riddled with micro-aggressions.

Or a workplace where personal development support, like coaching, or space to think, is not systemised.

And because it is absent, people can’t relieve themselves from limiting beliefs that really spoil their life and even slow down their performance.

On the surface, they seem to be doing all right.

But no one questions how much brilliance is gagging to come out.

Similarly, no one questions the real level of pain some might experience.

We need more love.

What I found in my research with people working in #SocialFinance: people want to:

– Make sense of the current mess (current affairs, infrastructures, various forces at play) and overwhelming expectations of impact

– Deliver significant change and action (palpable results, not just words, green or social washing),

– Bring along relevant stakeholders, not just the same cliques, without having to justify it all the time.

– Grow meaning and influence (in their life, at work or in their ecosystem)

– Some individuals are longing to be part of some movements or actions but

  1. don’t know where to start
  2. are too tired to accomplish this fully
  3. think they could do more and don’t really value their contribution; they drag some guilt around…

What they don’t say first but what we notice when we work together through a Thinking Environment:

– They are not allowing themselves to have the space to think

– They suffer from being constantly interrupted.

– They hate themselves for interrupting their own exploration and inquiries!

– They are hard on themselves when they need to be vulnerable.

– They have high expectations of what their impact should be (but haven’t really tested or validated their hypotheses first… or realised that a small contribution could mean a world of difference for a recipient of their help)

On the positive side: they can do much more than what they originally thought… in fact, they’ve done it already.

You are not on your own.

Cut yourself some slack.

Feel free to connect with me if you have some thoughts about this!

Alternatively, explore where you could go next, as you think about igniting social impact; check my conscious innovation coaching programme.

 

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