chapter FOUR

Being Well and Acting with Purpose

Purposeful thinking and behaviors are the foundation capability for High AR individuals, teams, and organizations within their ecosystems. Purposefulness—thought and supportive action based on a clear sense of purpose and grounded in a positive self-identity and core set of values and beliefs—is more than goal-seeking behavior. Goals are tools for realizing purpose and will shift, whereas purpose remains nearly constant. Purpose sustains a positive identity regardless what happens, whether in our own personal lives when fired from a job or following the collapse of the South Tower in the World Trade Center if you were a senior partner at Sandler O’Neill & Partners (Freeman, Hirschhorn, & Maltz, ...

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