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BSS How To Make a Difference

Book Description

Most of us want to make a positive difference either to the people around us or the situation in which we find ourselves. It gives meaning to our daily lives of work, chores and challenges. Moreover, it confirms our wish to leave a legacy, in either improving the lives of others or in changing the way organisations or societies behave. This book is about two things. Firstly, it provides a simple action plan to make more effective at making a difference in our chosen domain. Secondly, and more importantly, it is about how we can discover our purpose, and in so doing, find where that domain should be. Through making a difference, we can find fulfilment in life. Through discovering and living our purpose, we can find freedom. This inspiring book helps unlock our enthusiasm and passion, and to find meaning in our lives.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Acknowledgments
  6. Preface
  7. Introduction
  8. 1 The Make a Difference Mindset
    1. What is it?
    2. The different ways to make the difference
    3. Why it’s important
    4. Postmodernism and all that nonsense
  9. 2 The positive difference makers are winning
    1. Pessimists can’t hack it
    2. Most of us can
    3. The evolution of volunteering
  10. 3 The Mindset and finding our purpose
    1. Why it’s important?
    2. Actually nailing it
  11. 4 The values map
    1. The ingredients
    2. The map and compass
    3. Repetition and paradoxes
  12. 5 The start point: being captains of our souls
    1. So how do we build character?
    2. What exactly is conscience?
    3. A little extra help
  13. 6 From why to how: creating value for others
    1. It’s the intention that counts
    2. Adding value to people through making them feel valued
    3. Adding value in families
    4. Adding value for the planet
    5. Creating value through leadership
    6. Leadership and globalisation
    7. Creating value through ideas
  14. 7 Bringing this to life
    1. Lee and Helen: finding the defining thread
    2. Helen searches for purpose
  15. 8 The Difference Imperative: choosing domains and making it happen
    1. Differing shapes and sizes of purpose
    2. Beneficial presences
    3. Inflicted purpose
    4. Exploitation by beneficial presences
    5. Choosing our domain
    6. The Difference Imperative
    7. Sharpening your commitment
    8. Choosing the concept
    9. Branding the concept
    10. Goal setting: important, but not all consuming
  16. 9 The Difference Imperative
    1. Lee fights the good fight
    2. The Virtuous Value Centrifuge
    3. Helen finds her way, but not directly
  17. 10 So where do we go from here?
    1. The need and the desire to make a difference
    2. Using the Interrogative Imperative on ourselves
  18. Bibliography
  19. About the Author