Organizations with thriving cultures know their ‘why’.
Why they exist, why they make a difference, why they make the world a better place, why what matters to them most matters to them most.
But the organization as a whole can’t know its ‘why’ unless the leaders as individuals do.
Do you know your why?
Here’s a classic exercise to help you get to your why – your greater purpose.
- Make a list of ten purposes or values to which you feel most connected.
- Once you’re happy with your list, rank them from most to least important. Take your time with this step. Now, rewrite the list ordered that way.
- Now, draw a line underneath the top five.
- Finally spend some time with those five. What do they tell you about yourself, what you value, what matters to you? Where are there common themes?
Simply setting aside a few hours for this exercise lets you ‘get on the balcony’ of your own life and better prepares you to help you answer the ‘why’ question for your organization.