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  • 5 tips to tune into your purpose

    Written by Sarah Rozenthuler

    Purpose matters. It gets us out of bed in the morning, puts a spring in our step and makes us resilient when the going gets tough. Purpose-oriented workers are more fulfilled by their work. They are 50% more likely to be in leadership positions and ambassadors for their organization. 

    Despite this, fewer than 20% of managers have a strong sense of their own personal purpose. Many confuse purpose with being ‘worthy’ or see it as a fad. The purpose question isn’t, however, going to go away. Nearly two-thirds of employees surveyed said that COVID-19 has caused them to reflect on their purpose in life. In what has been called ‘The Great Resignation’, more than 40 per cent of the global workforce is ready to resign over the next year. By taking time to tune into your ‘why’, there is a huge opportunity to turn this into ‘The Great Reset.’ Here are five tips to get you started. 

  • Meet: Sarah Rozenthuler

    Author of Powered by Purpose: Energise Your People to Do Great Work

    Sarah Rozenthuler is an author, chartered psychologist, leadership consultant and dialogue coach with nearly 20 years international experience consulting to organizations around the world.  Her current clients include Discovery Inc, Boots, Savills, Church of England, Standard Chartered Bank, Book Trust and Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

    Sarah is the CEO of Bridgework, a consulting company she founded in 2007 to energise people to do great work. With deep expertise in making dialogue authentic and connecting people with a compelling purpose, Sarah inspires leaders, empowers teams and strengthens organisations to generate competitive advantage and become a force for good in the world. 

  • Meet: Julia Shalet, Product Doctor

    Author of The Really Good Idea Test

    Julia Shalet is an award-winning innovator, who has managed high-value product portfolios & brought many successful new ideas to market across a broad range of sectors. She helps people move their ideas forward often through hands-on workshops & “idea to good idea” research. She also teaches at UCL, the Chartered Institute of Marketing & helps PhDs nationwide to find commercial opportunities in their research. 

    The Guardian called her “one of Britain’s new radicals”, she was named in Harper’s Bazaar as a “top entrepreneur under 40” & she has been interviewed by the BBC.  

    Her book, The Really Good Idea Test, is a 2021 Axiom Business Book Award winner & it has also been published in German.

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    Meet: John Higgins

    Co-Author with Megan Reitz of ‘Speak Up! Say what needs to be said and hear what needs to be heard’

    I’m a longstanding researcher into the use and abuse of power in the workplace. In parallel I work as a coach at all levels of organisations and across many sectors and geographies. My intention when working with individuals and groups is to help people find their voice and help those around them find their voice as well. This work is underpinned by a long running association with the Ashridge Doctorate and Masters in Organisational Change –that has seen me write with both faculty and students to unpick the taken-for-granted assumptions that lock them into acting in a particular way. 

  • 5 tips to Speak truth to Power

    Written by John Higgins

    Most people pay too much attention to themselves and others as standalone individuals when trying to understand why some things get talked about and heard, while others don’t. To understand how truth does and doesn’t get spoken to power you have to pay attention to the relationship that exists between the more and less powerful – and wishful thinking that disappears differences in power is a sure-fire way to ensure truth doesn’t get spoken or heard.