Value grows from doing things that matter.
The human soul is driven largely by its quest for meaning; it’s a big part of what makes us tick.Â When we “throw our heart and soul” into the work of an organization, we do so for reasons that go well beyond simple financial considerations.Â The organizations that understand how to engage us at that level are able to move mountains.
This kind of soulful connection to our work generates a deep sense of ownership and accountability for what we do.Â Soulful companies purposefully extend this meaning and accountability to employees, customers, partners, investors and other important stakeholders. In so doing, they create a community of shared meaning; one that builds tremendous economic and social value.
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Working Spiderman image by Eneas. Thank you.
Did you write “Creating Value, Meaning, and Accountability” just for me? I suppose not…but it’s a great summation of how I used to feel about my work, what changed, and why I’m leaving…Â Can’t wait to read more. Thanks!
Wonderful! Thanks for your note, Cheryl…and I hope you find what you’re looking for with your work!