Purpose: Shifting from why to how (2023)

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Only 7 percent of Fortune 500 CEOs believe their companies should “mainly focus on making profits and not be distracted by social goals.” 1 And with good reason. While shareholder capitalism has catalyzed enormous progress, it also has struggled to address deeply vexing issues such as climate change and income inequality—or, looking forward, the employment implications of artificial intelligence.

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But where do we go from here? How do we deliver a sense of purpose across a wide range of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) priorities? Doing so means moving from business as usual to a less traveled path that may feel like “painting outside the lines.” Are we going too far beyond our core mandate? Does it mean we’ll lose focus on bottom-line results? Will transparency expose painful tensions better left unexamined? Will our boards, management teams, employees, and stakeholders want to follow us, or will they think we have “lost the plot”? There are no easy answers to these questions; corporate engagement is messy, and pitfalls, including criticism from skeptical stakeholders, abound.

Yet when companies fully leverage their scale to benefit society, the impact can be extraordinary. The power of purpose is evident as the world fights the urgent threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, with a number of companies doubling down on their purpose, at the very time stakeholders need it the most (for more, see “Demonstrating corporate purpose in the time of coronavirus”). Business also has an opportunity, and an obligation, to engage on the urgent needs of our planet, where waiting for governments and nongovernmental organizations to act on their own through traditional means such as regulation and community engagement carries risk (for more, see “Confronting climate risk”).

Fortunately, a “how to” playbook is starting to emerge as a growing number of companies lead. In this article, we try to distill some inspiring steps taken by forward-looking companies. In doing so, we don’t pretend to have all the answers. What we present here is some early thinking about the road ahead from our research and engagement with clients around the world. We hope this will help you wherever you are on your journey.

Confronting the purpose gap

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The August 2019 Business Roundtable Statement, which elevated stakeholder interests to the same level as shareholders’ interests, represents both a reappraisal of purpose and a reflection of tensions that have been boiling over. Customers are boycotting the products of companies whose values they view as contrary to their own. Investors are migrating to ESG funds. And the majority of employees in the corporate world feel “disengaged”; they are agitating for decisions and behaviors that they can be proud to stand behind and gravitating toward companies that have a clear, unequivocal, and positive impact on the world.

Organizations turning a blind eye will face inevitable blowback. In just the past year, companies have witnessed hundreds of thousands of employees walking out over climate issues and recurrent high-profile petitions about business practices that have raised the ire of socially conscious interest groups. Digital platforms are powerful amplifiers. As historian Niall Ferguson warns in a recent McKinsey Quarterly interview, “If your company has not been on the receiving end of a Twitter storm, then don’t worry, it soon will be.”

Despite all this, the potential is extraordinary for business to serve as a force for good. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives remain a powerful lever. We also see burgeoning opportunities for businesses to contribute that extend beyond traditional CSR—such as deploying digital tools and advanced analytics to address global challenges, as well as mobilizing diverse ecosystems of players to pursue goals that no individual business (or government) could realize on its own. To take just one example, apparel giants such as H&M, Kering, Nike, and PVH have joined forces to create Global Fashion Agenda, a not-for-profit organization that promotes sustainable fashion, from the efficient use of resources and secure work environments to closed-loop recycling. Often, though, these opportunities feel tangential. Many executives tell us they feel their own companies do great CSR work but wish those efforts could extend into the core, adding meaning to the day-to-day experience of their employees and themselves.

We’d suggest that the disconnects between public perceptions of business and its potential for good, or between employees’ desire for meaning at work versus what they experience, reflect a purpose gap. In a recent McKinsey survey comprising a representative sample of more than 1,000 participants from US companies, 82 percent affirmed the importance of purpose, but only 42 percent reported that their company’s stated “purpose” had much effect (exhibit). That shouldn’t be surprising. Many companies’ purpose statements are so generic that they do little to challenge business as usual, and others don’t emphasize the concerns of employees. Contributing to society and creating meaningful work, the top two priorities of employees in our survey, are the focus of just 21 percent and 11 percent of purpose statements, respectively.

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Chart: Employees feel that purpose is important—but many say their companies don't have one, let alone one that makes a difference

Chart summary

  • 82% of respondents reported that it is important to have a purpose, while 18% were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed.
  • 72% of respondents reported that purpose should receive more weight than profit, while 28% were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed.
  • 62% of respondents reported that their organizations have a purpose statement, while 38% were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed.
  • Only 42% respondents reported that their organizations' purpose statements drive impact,1 while 58% were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed.

Notes

Note: segments displayed in gray reflect respondents who were neutral, disagreed, or strongly disagreed.

1Impact score, which is based on subset of respondents reporting presence of organizational purpose, derived on basis of responses to questions about achievements of purpose and positive change associated with purpose.

Source: McKinsey Organizational Purpose Survey of 1,214 managers and frontline employees at US companies, October 2019

We’d further suggest that there is a frustratingly simple reason why business leaders have struggled to square all these circles with coherent statements and credible actions: it’s difficult to solve, simultaneously, for the interests of employees, communities, suppliers, the environment, customers, and shareholders. Tensions and trade-offs abound as we strive to align our business and societal goals; to integrate that identity into the heart of our organizations; and to deliver on our purpose, including its measurement, management, and communication.

Placing purpose at the core

What’s needed is relatively clear: it’s deep reflection on your corporate identity—what you really stand for—which may well lead to material changes in your strategy and even your governance (such as your status as a public company, a private company, or a public-benefit corporation).

But how do you pull this off? What are the mechanics of getting it done and making it real? How do you embrace challenging trade-offs and uncomfortable truths that, if unaddressed, are likely to perpetuate the purpose gap and give rise to rhetoric that’s not accompanied by credible action?

We don’t yet have complete answers to these difficult questions. One thing we are convinced of, though, is that the only way to bridge a purpose gap is to embed your reflection, exploration, discussion, and action in the heart of your business and your organization. We describe here a necessary precondition for any of that, and then four steps for moving ahead: sizing up where you are, including your vulnerabilities; clarifying how your purpose connects with your company’s “superpower”; organizing with purpose in mind; and measuring and managing purpose so that it really becomes part of your core DNA.

Employees are agitating for decisions and behaviors that they can be proud to stand behind and gravitating toward companies that have a clear, unequivocal, and positive impact on the world.

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Understand that purpose is personal and emotional

The precursor to action is embracing the emotion and complexity associated with hard work on purpose. There is no simple, input/output equation, which makes it hard to address purpose in the context of prevailing shareholder models. Purpose also is deeply intertwined with the people who make up an organization and who, like all of us, are messy at times. Founder-driven companies, such as Starbucks, sometimes find it easier to put purpose at their core, because their leaders connect with and shape purpose emotionally as well as logically. The rest of us need to make this personal, too.

1. Get real: Create a baseline from your stakeholders’ perspectives

Connecting purpose with the heart of your company means reappraising your core: the strategy you pursue, the operations driving you forward, and the organization itself. That’s hard work, and you can’t do it without deep engagement from your top team, employees, and broader stakeholders. But there’s no substitute. Your stakeholders care about the concrete consequences of your lived purpose, not the new phrase at the start of your annual report.

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Questioning purpose

Purpose defines our core reason for being and the positive impact we have on the world. It shapes our strategy, inspires our people, engages our customers and community, steers choices at moments of truth, and is fully embedded in our culture. Living purpose authentically should feel uncomfortable and new. It may mean surfacing fresh questions in meetings, engaging in difficult conversations about some of our businesses, and reevaluating our partners based on a clear-eyed view of their practices.

Whether we are reappraising an existing purpose or designing one for the first time, we need to wrestle with challenging questions such as the ones below. These questions can help test whether we are acting with the necessary authenticity and boldness. In exploring such questions, some companies we know have found it helpful to use the accompanying framework to help them assess how far they’ve gone and how much room there is left to run.

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Start by taking a hard look at the relationships among your social and environmental impact, your strategy, and your purpose, which may be misaligned. Such a reappraisal could lead you to reevaluate some of those hard-to-reverse choices about where and how to compete that represent the core of an effective strategy. The resulting friction is uncomfortable, but also extremely valuable. You can encourage it on an ongoing basis by building purpose-linked questions into your key strategy, budgeting, and capital-investment discussions, for example: “Which pillars of our strategy are most and least congruent with our purpose? How would a ranking of our products and services according to purpose compare with one based on profitability?” Questions such as these cause everyone to pause, legitimize healthy introspection, and boost the odds of spotting instances when taking a short-term revenue or margin hit is a small price to pay for being true to who you are or want to be. (For a more complete set of purpose-related questions, see sidebar, “Questioning purpose.”)

Your self-assessment must go well beyond strategy. Measure your social and environmental impact, starting with a review of your supply-chain and supplier risks. Society now holds you responsible for your entire business chain, beyond your corporate walls, including what your suppliers do. If you, as a senior leader, have not been personally involved with supplier issues recently, go and see for yourself. You don’t need another report; you need deep conviction—either that your supply chain is healthy and sound today or that you have a plan to make it so tomorrow. You need to recognize your vulnerabilities in the eyes of society and tackle them.

Dig deep into the makeup of your products. If you make cell phones, how much plastic in the product is recycled versus new, and how easy are your phones to repair versus replace, which carries additional environmental cost? Your impact also extends to the resources, including energy, that are required for the consumption of your products, in their entirety. Starbucks recently estimated that about 20 percent of its total carbon footprint was related to the production of dairy products consumed with its coffee.

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Engage a wide range of stakeholders early as a key input into the process. A basic-materials company we know interviewed 150 external stakeholders, including investors who had chosen not to invest in its industry, as well as CEOs in other industries, all with an eye toward understanding their posture and process related to purpose. Such engagement brings out new perspectives, mitigates risk, and avoids surprises later on. What would an activist discover by digging deeply? Where are you most vulnerable? What is the central thing that critical stakeholders believe society expects from you, and are you doing enough about that? Are you focusing on only a couple of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, while critics would emphasize others at the bottom of your to-do list? Or are you “doing good” in some areas of your business, while hoping this makes up for negatives in others? All these can be calibrated and assessed, to some degree. At times, doing so may demand the courage to let your stakeholders’ perceptions of where you are trump your own views.

The only way to bridge a purpose gap is to embed your reflection, exploration, discussion, and action in the heart of your business and your organization.

2. Connect purpose with your company’s ‘superpower’

As you take stock and tackle your company’s vulnerabilities, you also need to set bold aspirations and push for specificity on the alignment between purpose and value. It’s often present. Research by author and professor Raj Sisodia suggests that purpose-led companies significantly outperformed the S&P 500 between 1996 and 2011. 2 More than 2,000 academic studieshave examined the impact of environmental, social, and governance propositions on equity returns, and 63 percent of them found positive results (versus only 8 percent that were negative).

Such outcomes don’t arise magically because a company decides to be purpose-driven. They take shape most effectively when purpose connects with a company’s “superpower”—its unique ability to create value and drive progress across ESG themes. For example, the multinational retailer H&M, whose CEO was previously its chief sustainability officer, has embraced the superpower of its supply chain by opening it up to rival brands that can use it to accelerate their own sustainability efforts.

Identifying and building around unique assets, capabilities, or points of leverage with the potential for outsize impact on social challenges can create valuein a variety of ways:

  • Purpose can generate topline growth (or serve as an insurance policy against revenue slippage) by creating more loyal customers, fostering trust, and preserving your customer base at a time when 47 percent of consumers disappointed with a brand’s stance on a social issue stop buying its products—and 17 percent will never return.
  • Purpose-driven environmental stewardship can reduce costs—for example, by improving energy or water efficiency.
  • Purpose can unleash employee potential—helping you win the war for talent, retain your best people, and boost employee motivation. Today, about two-thirds of millennials take a company’s social and environmental commitments into account when deciding where to work.
  • Purpose can make you more aware of shifting external expectations, policy directions, and industry standards—thereby helping you identify risks you might otherwise miss. If a crisis does strike, preexisting alignment on the organization’s core reason for being will enable a coordinated, values-driven response that is authentic to your people and compelling to stakeholders. “Trusted” brands bounce back faster after product mishaps and economic shocks, particularly when they respond effectively. This remains as powerful a truth as it was in 1982, when Johnson & Johnson recalled and repackaged Tylenol following a tampering tragedy.
  • Purpose can improve your balance sheet. Danone, the French food multinational, has achieved materially lower capital costs by meeting a set of ESG criteria, including the registration of certain brands to B Corps over time. This move is backed by a syndicate of banks that have committed to rewarding purposeful business with cheaper capital.

The role of the leader is first to inspire creative thinking about what makes you unique, how it links to purpose, and why it could be valuable—and then to encourage rigor in embedding it in your company’s core. As you strive to connect the superpower of your business with its impact on society, you’re likely to identify a rich constellation of potential purpose initiatives. Some are near-term win–wins, delivering immediate societal and financial benefits. Others clearly help society now but take longer to yield bottom-line results. There also are bigger, “moon shot” bets, whose potential benefit to society is enormous but, for shareholders, perhaps unclear. If you have already built momentum with initiatives in the first two categories, it’s easier to stretch for moon shots—which are the most meaningful, generate the most internal satisfaction, and also capture external attention (including motivating others to act). For example, Patagonia’s commitment to repairing jackets, to encourage reusing them,has been emulated by other makers of outdoor wear.

The role of the leader is first to inspire creative thinking about what makes you unique, how it links to purpose, and why it could be valuable—and then to encourage rigor in embedding it in your company’s core.

3. Organize to keep purpose at the top of everyone’s mind, every day

Then there’s the organization itself. Do your people routinely reflect on purpose? Do your critical organizational building blocks—whether they are business units, agile squads, or pockets of functional expertise—have the autonomy and incentives to do their work with purpose? Are your purpose-driven functions (such as philanthropy) self-contained silos, or are they connected with the core of your business?

What about your culture? That, too, is part of your social impact. Just because you deliver good service to customers doesn’t legitimize a toxic culture in your organization that excludes people. Dig deep to assess your own culture, the level of engagement of your own people, and the degree to which they feel empowered to bring their best selves to work.

Above all, do you understand what your employees care about—their sources of meaning, aspirations, and anxieties around social issues? Many CEOs are concerned that the majority of their employees are not actively engaged. What would it take for employees to bring enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration to work, in addition to discipline? Connecting your people’s individual purpose with organizational purpose is the critical link. An Asian insurer provides explicit space in its leadership programs to reflect on this connection. Meanwhile, a US-based healthcare company has prototyped an app with which people can explore their values and purpose and make workplace connections to enable the pursuit of those aims.

Making that link—in other words, achieving a truly purpose-driven culture—requires listening and being very open to what you hear. According to the leader of a recent effort to reexamine purpose at Nordea, a large bank in Scandinavia, it was indispensable to spend time “listening to more than 7,000 people in and around our organization over a period of six months . . . in workshops . . . online with surveys . . . [and] in more than 1,500 coffee-corner discussions. . . . We discussed deeply why people had joined us, why they stayed, and what they see as impact for a financial institution.” That’s what it looks like when organizations move purpose past slogans and buzzwords.

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Connecting purpose with the heart of your company means reappraising your core: the strategy you pursue, the operations driving you forward, and the organization itself.

4. Measure what you can, and learn from what you measure

We all know that what gets measured gets done. But when it comes to purpose, what metrics best reflect impact across the ESG playing field? For complex, far-flung organizations, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed by the seemingly endless array of conflicting reporting standards. Different geographies demand different levels of rigor, and keeping up with the range of voluntary reporting initiatives can be taxing. Popular frameworks such as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals or the Global Reporting Initiative framework are useful touchstones, but they cannot serve as the sole basis of measurement efforts.

Instead, you should ask yourself and your peers questions like the following: What data and evidence are critical to understanding your organization’s total social, environmental, and financial impact? How much insight are your current reporting outputs generating about your efforts to deliver on purpose? When was the last time you took action in response to a metric about your purpose? Perhaps even more important: What is not currently being measured or reported that society will hold you accountable for in the future—such as the greenhouse-gas emissions associated with your industry? And what metrics do your performance-management systems take into account? Seventh Generation, a maker of cleaning and personal-care products, recently built sustainability targets into the incentive system for its entire workforce, in service of its goal of being a zero-waste company by 2025.

Changing how you incentivize people, including the integration of societal-impact goals into compensation, is a “proof point” taken seriously by stakeholders. What other proof points can you build in? Measuring and reducing your carbon footprint and making substantial, measurable investments in reskilling are good examples. Ideally, such proof points become mutually reinforcing. Shell, for example, has plans to set short-term carbon-emissions targets and link executive compensation to performance against them.

You may need to create new metrics that more precisely reflect the tensions you are seeking to reconcile for you and your stakeholders. At PayPal, CEO Dan Schulman and his leadership team became concerned when they realized that a significant portion of their nearly 25,000 employees, particularly at the entry level and in hourly positions, were struggling to make ends meet despite the fact that the company was paying wages at or above market rate. To Schulman, this “seemed ridiculous” for a company whose purpose focuses on improving the financial health of its customers. As he put it, the “market wasn’t working” for these employees—or for many others similarly situated.

PayPal surveyed its employees to assess their financial wellness, developed and began tracking metrics such as a new “net disposable income” calculation for its employees, and took immediate action to improve these metrics and provide its employees with financial security. By significantly lowering the cost of medical benefits, making every employee a shareholder, raising wages in certain instances, and delivering financial-wellness training, PayPal set a target to raise the net disposable income of its employees and improve their financial health. In a world where, as McKinsey Global Institute research has shown, a majority of the next generation in advanced economies is “poorer than their parents,” the impact of such initiatives cannot be overstated.

Leading from the front

Purpose puts a premium on leadership. Move too fast, and you will be criticized for swinging too far. Move too slowly, and you will be viewed as a corporate ostrich. Most dangerous of all, if you claim to be delivering on purpose but are ultimately viewed as inauthentic, you will lose credibility in front of your employees and society alike. For example, will you stick to your purpose during economic turbulence, or only when times are good?

To be authentic, you must be unrelenting in elevating and stimulating debate about uncomfortable truths and tensions you may be temptedto sweep under the rug. You also need your own genuine way of talking about the symbiotic relationship between corporate purpose and corporate performance. Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini has a simple mantra: “No margin, no mission.” Feike Sijbesma, former CEO of life-sciences company DSM, simply says, “You cannot be successful, nor call yourself successful, in a society that fails.”

Our recent survey indicated that 33 percent of managers experienced trade-offs between purpose and profit, and 72 percent of all employees hoped that purpose would receive more weight than profit. These findings underscore both the top team’s role in mediating tensions, and the point we made earlier that some purpose initiatives require a leap of faith. At times, senior leaders will need to embolden their managers to take that leap, which is likely to be easier if some purpose-driven priorities are self-funding, setting the stage for subsequent, bolder bets. Pixar director Brad Bird describes these dynamics eloquently in a Quarterly interview: “[M]oney is just fuel for the rocket. What I really want to do is go somewhere.”

What would it take for employees to bring enthusiasm, creativity, and collaboration to work, in addition to discipline? Connecting your people’s individual purpose with organizational purpose is the critical link.

In pushing your company to define and live its purpose consistently, you will be challenging the status quo in ways that may be unsettling for your people, and even for you. Championing such change requires leading with empathy—which, according to McKinsey research, means developing a broad future vision that extends beyond the problem at hand, inspiring and building trust with others by finding common ground, and leading by example. These findings suggest that a reset of leadership norms may be important as you strive to define and live your organization’s purpose, which must feel congruent and fit the style and actions of you, your senior team, and your employees. Remember, purpose is personal. By embracing that reality, you can create alignment between people and the organization that enables and ennobles everyone.

Decisions about purpose may be some of the more difficult decisions of your career. There will be a cacophony of opinions; adjudicating them will take discipline and conviction. There may be thinner evidence to guide your actions than you would like. Don’t let yourself be rushed. Establish a fact base to help you weigh trade-offs and mitigate risks.

Above all, don’t settle for “generic” on purpose. You do have a superpower to discover, and unique impact to deliver. Your company’s role stretches far beyond the confines of your employees and customers. Your suppliers will look to you for guidance. Your peers will look to you for inspiration. And society will hold you accountable for leaving the world a better place than it was when you started.

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The authors wish to thank Naina Dhingra, Miklós Dietz, Eric Falardeau, Arnie Ghatak, Kimberly Henderson, Sascha Lehmann, Tracy Nowski, Robin Nuttall, Adam Sabow, Richard Steele, Matt Stone, and Lynn Taliento for their contributions to this article.

FAQs

What do you believe are the 2 most important reasons for having a purpose as a company? ›

In summary, having a clear and defined higher purpose can lead to a better reputation, to greater consumer loyalty and to higher levels of innovation and economic growth. These are more than good reasons why organizations who haven't yet given it much thought should focus on finding and working towards their purpose.

How do you give an employee a sense of purpose? ›

How to build a sense of purpose in the workplace
  1. Regularly discuss performance objectives and goals. Career goals are often only covered during performance reviews. ...
  2. Measure personal growth. ...
  3. Encourage employee development. ...
  4. Support internal career development. ...
  5. Provide support and employee care benefits.

What is a purpose strategy? ›

Purpose strategy enables business leaders to effectively manage social and environmental impacts through the core business and generate value.

What is a purpose led strategy? ›

It sets out why the organisation matters, building on its core, differentiating capabilities, and articulates the value of the organisation to wider societal stakeholders. A corporate purpose should create value for both shareholders and stakeholders, and be the means by which a business generates profit.

What are four reasons to set a company purpose? ›

Here are four powerful reasons to get started now, inspired by the EY Beacon Institute's findings:
  • Purpose-driven companies grow faster. ...
  • Purpose makes a difference to employees. ...
  • Purpose increases customer loyalty. ...
  • Purpose matters to millennials.
Nov 12, 2017

What is a strong sense of purpose? ›

Having a sense of purpose gives us clear reasons for what we want to do. This can be a goal in life that makes us want to study, work, or train well. There's a close link with intrinsic motivation. People with a sense of purpose work hard because of a true interest in their goal, rather than because they have to.

What are some examples of sense of purpose? ›

5 life purpose examples
  • Traveling around the world and exploring different cultures.
  • Supporting your community.
  • Fighting for a social cause like climate change.
  • Being a positive, supportive person for your loved ones.
  • Building a business that makes a difference in people's lives around the world.
Jun 2, 2022

What is an example of sense of purpose? ›

There are a lot of commonly known purposes in life, like: Providing for your family. Living a successful life. Making positive connections with others and enjoying those around you.

Which are the three types of purpose? ›

Types of purpose include persuasion, information, and entertainment.

What is the best purpose statement? ›

To be effective, a statement of purpose should be: Specific and precise - not general, broad or obscure. Concise - one or two sentences. Clear - not vague, ambiguous or confusing.

Why is purpose so important? ›

Purpose can guide life decisions, influence behavior, shape goals, offer a sense of direction, and create meaning. For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends.

Why is it important to lead with purpose? ›

A leader's purpose is the compass that keeps them moving in the right direction during times of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. A leader can articulate a meaningful purpose, but if it does not guide their actions, it will damage the trust and well-being of their employees.

What does being purpose-driven mean? ›

Purpose-driven brands make conscious efforts throughout all of their actions and decisions to adhere to their core mission. Purpose-driven leadership is similar. Purpose-driven leadership is when a leader prioritizes their purpose and values over anything else when making decisions on behalf of the business.

What is purposeful growth? ›

But purposeful growth is not growth for growth's sake, or growth measured purely in terms of financial returns. It is intentional growth, designed to optimize for short- and long-term impacts on financial, human, and environmental factors.

What are 3 ways you can find your purpose? ›

How to find purpose in life: 12 tips
  • Develop a growth mindset. Having a growth mindset is linked to having a sense of purpose. ...
  • Create a personal vision statement. ...
  • Give back. ...
  • Practice gratitude. ...
  • Turn your pain into purpose. ...
  • Explore your passions. ...
  • Be part of a community. ...
  • Spend time with people who inspire you.
Oct 19, 2021

How do I clarify my purpose? ›

To clarify your purpose in the world, start by asking these four questions:
  1. Am I happy? Are you passionate about what you're doing? ...
  2. What do I want? What do you want to achieve so much that you will be motivated to learn, work and sacrifice more than anyone to reach that goal? ...
  3. What do I know? ...
  4. Can I solve a problem?
May 24, 2019

How do I align with my purpose? ›

10 Ways to Align with Your Purpose or Dharma
  1. Be Yourself. ...
  2. Be Consistent. ...
  3. Be Bold. ...
  4. Be Helpful. ...
  5. Be Choosy. ...
  6. Be Friendly. ...
  7. Be Imaginative. ...
  8. Be Vulnerable.
Dec 15, 2017

How do you write a purpose statement? ›

How Do I Write a Purpose Statement?
  1. Step #1: Define what you do.
  2. Step #2: Pinpoint your passion.
  3. Step #3: List your values.
  4. Step #4: Create a draft.
  5. Step #5: Get feedback.
  6. Step #6: Leave room for growth.
Aug 9, 2021

What are the three 3 important purposes of a business plan? ›

The 3 most important purposes of a business plan are 1) to create an effective strategy for growth, 2) to determine your future financial needs, and 3) to attract investors (including angel investors and VC funding) and lenders.

What are 4 key elements of a successful company? ›

Here is how the 4 elements of a successful business should look like:
  • Product. A product should be simple, concise and honest. ...
  • Market. To be successful, a business needs to know their market and cater towards it. ...
  • Money. Money is always an issue when starting any new business. ...
  • People.
Sep 3, 2022

What does it mean to lose your sense of purpose? ›

If you are experiencing a lack of purpose in your life, you may feel constantly bored, dissatisfied or empty, like life has no meaning. You may feel unfulfilled in your relationships with others, disaffected at home and at work, and find yourself anxiously ruminating on what the point of life is.

What is a purposeful personality? ›

(pɜrpəsfəl ) adjective. If someone is purposeful, they show that they have a definite aim and a strong desire to achieve it.

What's a fancy word for purpose? ›

Some common synonyms of purpose are aim, design, end, goal, intention, intent, objective, and object.

How do you identify the purpose? ›

To identify your life purpose, connect the dots from your childhood onward and discover who you've always been that makes a positive difference in people's lives. (And if you have no idea how you make a positive difference to the people around you, go ahead and ask them to tell you how.)

What is a sense of purpose at work? ›

Purpose at work is when employees can meaningfully connect to their work, their team, and their company's purpose. When that happens, retention, employee well-being, and stock market returns improve.

What are the stages of purpose? ›

Your purpose. Your reason for being. Your reason for getting up in the morning.

What are the two types of purpose? ›

The eleven different types of purpose include the following: 1. to express; 2. to describe; 3. to explore/learn; Page 3 4. to entertain; 5. to inform; 6. to explain; 7. to argue; 8. to persuade; 9. to evaluate; 10. to problem solve; and 11. to mediate.

What are the four elements of purpose? ›

The 4 Elements of Purpose
  • Your Talents. This is pretty self-explanatory. ...
  • Your Passions. Closely related to your talents, are your passions. ...
  • Need. So many of us engage in work which the world needs but we're not passionate about. ...
  • Your Conscience. This last element is what supports all the previous ones.

What should I say in my statement of purpose? ›

A Statement of Purpose (SOP), also known as a research statement or a letter of intent, is written to the admission panel and talks about your career path, interests, professional contributions, goals and the driving force behind pursuing a particular program.

What is a short statement of purpose? ›

A statement of purpose (SOP), sometimes referred to as a personal statement, is a critical piece of a graduate school application that tells admissions committees who you are, what your academic and professional interests are, and how you'll add value to the graduate program you're applying to.

Why purpose is important for success? ›

It helps establish reliability and trustworthiness, and can also inform good business decisions.

What exactly is the purpose? ›

It is what we are meant for, or made for. And in that sense, it is our aim, or, to use a common expression – what gets us out of bed in the morning. Something as powerful as this can have a huge influence on our lives: helping us to make decisions, find meaning, and shape our own behaviour and goals.

Is purpose the key to happiness? ›

Research shows that having a sense of purpose is good for our well-being, and improves our resilience to stress and even our ability to think. The founder of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, includes meaning in his PERMA model of happiness.

What makes a purposeful leader? ›

We can loosely define purposeful leadership as having strong morals and values for a team, combined with an ethical approach and commitment to all relevant stakeholders or customers.

Why do leaders start with why? ›

Your Why is your purpose for existing. It speaks to a leader's cause and belief that drives them to start a movement that achieves a better future through a collective goal. When a leader invites people to join their cause, they're inviting them to belong to a community.

What are the 5 purposes of the Purpose Driven Life? ›

In The Purpose Driven Life, Pastor Rick Warren reveals the meaning of life from a Christian perspective—five purposes that you were created by God to fulfill: worship, unselfish fellowship, spiritual maturity, your ministry, and your mission.

How can I be more purpose driven? ›

Photos courtesy of the individual members.
  1. Have 100% Clarity In The Mission.
  2. Make Your Vision Relatable.
  3. Lead A Purpose-Driven Life.
  4. Understand What Motivates You And Team.
  5. Genuinely Believe In The Mission.
  6. Focus On Customers.
  7. Reconnect With Your "Why"
  8. Make It The Core Of Your Business.
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Is purpose driven a value? ›

Purpose-driven businesses are committed to working toward something greater than profit and shareholder value. They deliver impact to a community broader than just those directly affected by their business (e.g., customers, employees, shareholders).

What does purposeful thinking mean? ›

Purposeful thinking is clear, certain and efficient. There is little or no wasted energy on negative things and no need to compensate through being overly positive (or pleasure seeking distractions). When we are truly aligned with our purpose, we can feel it. We feel certain and congruent with our inner-selves.

What are the three pillars of growth? ›

Sustainable development is based on three fundamental pillars: social, economic and environmental.

What are the four types of growth? ›

Human development is a lifelong process of physical, behavioral, cognitive, and emotional growth and change.

Why is it important for a company to have a purpose? ›

Purpose pays

But there is an upside: much of the discussion about purpose suggests that companies perform better if they have a clear sense of purpose. Purpose-driven companies make more money, have more engaged employees and more loyal customers, and are even better at innovation and transformational change.

Why is having a purpose important in business? ›

Purpose helps set long-term business strategy, creates a bigger competitive advantage and differentiation in the marketplace, inspires innovation, increases brand trust and loyalty, and ultimately, helps the company stand the test of time.

What is the main purpose of your business? ›

The purpose of a business is to offer value (through products and/or services) to customers, who pay for the value with cash or equivalents. Minimally, the money received should fund the costs of operating the business as well as provide for the life needs of the proprietor.

Why do companies have purpose? ›

It's purpose. Purpose answers the question, “What would the world lose if your company disappeared?” It defines a company's core reason for being and its resulting positive impact on the world. Winning companies are driven by purpose, reach higher for it, and achieve more because of it.

What is power of purpose? ›

Purpose is an active expression of our values and our compassion for others—it makes us want to get up in the morning and add value to the world. The Power of Purpose details a graceful, practical, and ultimately spiritual process for making it central to your life.

What gives you purpose? ›

For some people, purpose is connected to vocation—meaningful, satisfying work. For others, their purpose lies in their responsibilities to their family or friends. Others seek meaning through spirituality or religious beliefs. Some people may find their purpose clearly expressed in all these aspects of life.

Why is purpose important in leadership? ›

A leader's purpose is the compass that keeps them moving in the right direction during times of uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity. A leader can articulate a meaningful purpose, but if it does not guide their actions, it will damage the trust and well-being of their employees.

Why is it important to have a clear purpose? ›

Having a clear and motivating purpose gets you through the challenging times you'll face, sets a higher standard of excellence for your business, entices team members to join you in your cause, and attracts and keeps customers who love what you're doing. Let's discuss each of these benefits in more detail.

What does being purpose driven mean? ›

Purpose-driven brands make conscious efforts throughout all of their actions and decisions to adhere to their core mission. Purpose-driven leadership is similar. Purpose-driven leadership is when a leader prioritizes their purpose and values over anything else when making decisions on behalf of the business.

What should I put for business purpose? ›

Your business purpose is the reason you have formed your company, boiled down to a single sentence (or two). It can be industry-specific or general enough to include ancillary and future business activities. To understand the business purpose, it is important to distinguish it from your company's vision or mission.

What should I write on my business purpose? ›

How Do I Write a Purpose Statement?
  1. Step #1: Define what you do. But more specifically, lay out what your company does to solve a particular problem for your customers.
  2. Step #2: Pinpoint your passion. ...
  3. Step #3: List your values. ...
  4. Step #4: Create a draft. ...
  5. Step #5: Get feedback. ...
  6. Step #6: Leave room for growth.
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What is a good purpose statement? ›

To be effective, a statement of purpose should be: Specific and precise - not general, broad or obscure. Concise - one or two sentences. Clear - not vague, ambiguous or confusing.

What is an example of a purpose? ›

Example 1: "Our purpose is to inspire every family in the world to enjoy Sunday dinner together." Example 2: "Our purpose is to support the health and well-being of our planet and everyone who lives here."

What is a company purpose example? ›

Southwest Airlines: Connect people to what's important in their lives through friendly, reliable, and low-cost air travel. Stanley Black & Decker: For those who make the world. Starbucks: As it has been from the beginning, our purpose goes far beyond profit. We believe in the pursuit of doing good.

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