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The risk of sharing your purpose

Updated: Sep 15, 2019

Going into work every day, Sarah, felt challenged and driven. Her goal is to create a working environment where everyone loves to work in - in fact she dreams of having a space where her employees find drive and purpose aligned to their own purpose.

While she feels she is doing some things right, she also feels that something is missing. Some staff is moderately engaged, some not at all, and some are high performers. A typical mix of employees, something she is familiar with in her successful years in leading teams.

Things are alright but she knows that performance can be much better.

She uses the following checklist to determine what she is doing right and what she needs to improve.

Leaders of High Performance Teams:

🔎 Run a guiding principles activity that helps the team develop group norms for working together respectfully in answer to the question, "What behaviours do we want to see and not see in our daily team interactions?"

🔎 Have meaningful one-on-ones with the team; they are not status updates or opportunities to give feedback but a dedicated time to learn about who they are as people.

🔎 Provide meaningful feedback linked to their performance expectations that helps them see what they are doing right and should continue to do and what they can do better.

🔎 Offer opportunities for growth and development. Specifically aligned to their personal needs, desires, aspirations.

🔎 Learn about their own purpose, how it's aligned to daily work and the organization, and help each team member to do the same.

Sarah doesn't score well - she isn't doing any of these things.

So she creates a plan to start to integrate all of these items with her team. She is determined. But after a month of trying, nothing is getting done. Ironically, work is getting in the way.

She does not know how to do this. She was never taught how.

So getting up to speed AND continuing her high-performance work is proving very difficult.

As she begins to speak to others, she realizes she is not alone.

Read Part 2 here.


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I’m the founder of Harvest Performance, a leadership development agency that turns emerging leaders (of all ages) into purpose-driven, ground-breakers who leave a positive impact on the world.

I work with global aviation professionals, executives, emerging entrepreneurs, graduate students, and learning leaders.

Through my foundational degrees in Communication and Educational Technology (with distinction) I discovered a gift of connecting with people to help them create a strong connection with others.

I am also an award-winning author of the Ken Blanchard endorsed book, The Apple in the Orchard: a story about finding the courage to emerge, which birthed the Take the Leap! Make an Impact program for those looking for growth and meaning in their every day.

Let’s talk about how I can assist you and your team in building stronger, more powerful connections, and to get an eVersion of my book, drop me a line at

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