Purpose is far more than the starting point of great companies, it is the centerline that guides institutions to greatness over time.
—Ralph W. Shrader Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Booz Allen Hamilton
How many times have you seen an organization adopt a rigorous process improvement, lean initiative, or accountability program that starts out with a bang but winds up as nothing more than a meaningless, draining exercise of going through the motions for senior leadership?
The goal may be to reduce inventory, improve turnaround time, or cut costs, but the process winds up stripping away all sense of meaning and purpose. The very reasons that prompted people to start the project are forgotten during the grind of getting it done. Everyone loses enthusiasm, and it becomes a “make work” exercise that they wait to finish.
It’s not just a callous corporate stick mentality that causes us to lose sight of our purpose; we lose sight of purpose in lots of areas:
Can you relate?
It’s human nature to get bogged ...