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The Heart of business is people

In the sprawling tapestry of modern business, there’s a thread that’s becoming increasingly difficult to ignore: the idea that a company’s purpose should extend beyond the pursuit of profit. Sure, the business case for a purpose-driven model is compelling. The S&P 500 ESG Index, for instance, outperformed its profit-only counterpart …

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From Grit to Gem: The Alchemy of Business

Have you ever held a pearl and marveled at its luster? Or gazed upon a diamond, spellbound by its sparkle? These paragons of beauty aren’t born of fairy dust—they’re the product of patience and pressure that turns the mundane into the magnificent. Take pearls, for instance. A pearl begins its …

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The Art of Deliberate Emotional Craftsmanship

In the quiet of meditation, an analogy bubbled to the surface of my thoughts: Reacting in anger is like hammering a screw. Picture it—the sharp clank, the momentary satisfaction, the silence that follows. Yet, this forceful act yields no victory. The screw—battered, not bonded—inevitably slips from its purchase, leaving a …

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2023 Year in Review

2023 has been an incredible year. Here are some of my highlights: ✅ I gave keynotes to amazing audiences including AT&T, Sansan, and Zscaler. My keynotes support my mission to make purpose the heartbeat of every business strategy. ✅ I interviewed 26 inspiring leaders on the Purpose and Profit podcast, …

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Have you ever felt you’re not enough?

I remember the look on my brother’s face when I confessed that I’ve always battled with this gnawing feeling of not being enough. To him, I was already more than enough, so my revelation left him utterly dumbfounded. He asked the million-dollar question: “Why do you feel that way?” Many …

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Leadership in crisis

Leaders are accountable just like anyone else. They don’t just snap their fingers to make things happen however they see fit. They are beholden to their board. They are beholden to their shareholders. There are rules that they must follow, no matter the situation, even in a time of crisis. …

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How to avoid the internal bias trap

Biases get in the way of hiring diverse people. Biases get in the way of creating a truly inclusive work environment. Biases get in the way of making sound decisions. Every single person has biases. I am no exception. Neither are you. The best way to avoid the pitfalls of …

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Let’s talk about honor

I’m driving to dinner. The song “Glory of Love” by Peter Cetera is playing on the radio. I love 1980’s songs, and I’m quickly singing along in an enthusiastic off-key voice. But this time, my mind gets stuck on the chorus. It’s like I’m hearing it for the first time, …

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Employee engagement shouldn’t be this hard

We make employee engagement a lot harder than it needs to be. Look, employee dis-engagement is a challenge for companies everywhere, in every industry. Gallup recently reported that employee disengagement is currently costing businesses an estimated $8.8 trillion globally. To fix this costly crisis, leadership needs to understand the factors …

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Are you using all your strength?

A mother and her daughter are walking on a trail. They come across a fallen branch blocking their path. The daughter asks the mother, “Do you think, if I use all of my strength, I can move the branch off the trail?” The mother thinks for a moment, then looks …

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