Working on Purpose

Working on Purpose

WORK. For some, its utter lack of perceived significance makes them desperately want for something more, while for others being on the job allows the highest level of fulfillment and even provides a centering life purpose. Think about it: We spend at least a full third of our lives either preparing for work via school or actually being in the workforce. Why not look for ways to maximize the meaning, positive sentiment, and performance contribution associated with it? This show explores timely topics about work to help listeners more meaningfully and productively connect with their work, while helping organizations to do the same for their employees. Anyone looking for guidance, inspiration, and examples on how to get unstuck at work or move to a higher level of meaning or contribution will enjoy tuning in. We’ll hear from experts with keen insights into their fields as they relate to meaningful and productive work, and from authors who have contributed their... Show More

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October 9, 2019 49 min

Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and victims, often sourced through their vulnerability, are subject to force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of forced labor and/or sexual exploitation. With 24.9 million victims across the globe, this atrocity must be halted to usher in a world where all people are free to live beyond bondage to others. The United Against Human Trafficking organization stands to insure we live in a world... Read more

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October 3, 2019 50 min

19 years as an award-winning corporate businesswoman was not the ticket to fulfillment … until Michele discovered comedy as her platform for freedom and a way to help others through their struggles. It took realizing that inauthenticity was the way she was successful in her corporate roles – being someone she was not. Almost overnight, Michele found being true to and honoring her tragic past and the way she navigated through it, op... Read more

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September 26, 2019 50 min

As advances in medicine extend the lifespan, baby boomers and traditionalists are finding they have more years to live and experience life, post careers. Perspectives and definitions of retirement need changing to usher in the choice of living life as either “an elder or old fart,” as Susan Sokol Blosser says. We talk about the new frontier of retirement, which includes managing loss, recapturing joy, and living with gratitude and ... Read more

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September 19, 2019 50 min

According to the Boardroom Project, 51% of the population and almost half of the nation’s workforce are women, yet they are still significantly underrepresented in boardrooms across the country. The Boardroom Project is out to cut that target date by half by educating and exposing young girls to the business sector to kickstart their careers. This non profit also provides professional women the support they need to climb the corpor... Read more

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September 11, 2019 50 min

In a world where people are desperately seeking greater meaning in their lives, the Japanese concept of “ikigai” just might offer the holy grail. Ikigai can be thought of as a framework for understanding who we really are and living a more meaningful life. With the inexorable rise of AI, machine learning, and automation, humans are often left wondering where we fit in. Ikigai offers us the structure to find meaning, purpose, and ha... Read more

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How do you respond when life knocks you down? When one day you seem to be on top of the world, living the high life of running a successful business, playing golf at the country club, running for political office, and partying, to the next when you find yourself in prison for the choices you made along the way? Here’s where choice and mindset play strong: You can continue down the spiral you’ve been falling down, or you can quite l... Read more

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August 22, 2019 50 min

In our ever technology-driven world, increasing self-awareness and mindfulness is the order of the day. Doing so helps us cultivate creativity, compassion, and trust-based work, essential components for employees and companies alike to thrive. And when leaders work on mindfulness and their inner dimension, focusing on cultivating more awareness and connection with the health and well being of their employees, customers, other stake... Read more

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Creating a workplace culture that governs a company’s guiding principles and mission and keeping it alive and vibrant is essential to compete in today’s competitive marketplace. Alkami is a recognized leader in innovative thought leadership in many areas, including its own distinguished culture. In this episode, Alkami shares its signature culture compounds and some practices employed to keep it vibrant and strong. This show is b... Read more

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August 8, 2019 48 min

We’ve been so conditioned to make a living and aim toward retirement from work so we can finally start enjoying life. Unfortunately as so many people have learned the hard way, it turns out this approach is not at all conducive to well-being or longevity. Withdrawing from the workforce and being a productive member of society often translates to reduced mental function, depression, poor health, and even an early death. Please don’t... Read more

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August 1, 2019 51 min

Every one of us has had a childhood that has provided memorable experiences and critical life lessons. It is entirely up to us to exercise our freedom to choose the attitude we take to this set of experiences to make sense of and tell our life story. We also have the rich opportunity and responsibility to determine the life lessons and contributions all these experiences and encounters have helped us into becoming the distinguished... Read more

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Everyone deserves to have photos that are as impressive and beautiful as they are in real life. Capturing our “story” and who we really are as we live our purpose is incredibly compelling and ushers people toward us who opt into our energy and vitality. And doing ourselves justice means working with a professional who knows how to capture our truth and elicit our essence. This is an intimate, trusting, transformative interaction be... Read more

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July 18, 2019 50 min

Did you know your pet comes into your life to teach you specific lessons? And that he also has his own life mission? I didn’t either until I talked with Dr. Joanne Lefebvre. There is so much we can learn about ourselves and the planet we all share, if only we’ll suspend our anthropocentric view of how the world works and listen to and be present with our beloved pets. In doing so, we will become not only better versions of ourselve... Read more

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Life can serve up some powerful punches that can seem incredibly cruel and unfair. Often, hardship is a tremendous opportunity in disguise to discover just who and what we can become in life. It’s so important to remember that we always have the freedom to choose our attitudinal stance to whatever pummeling life serves up. We can see ourselves as hopeless victims of an unfair fate. Or we can reach down deep into our core while focu... Read more

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Life can serve up some powerful punches that can seem incredibly cruel and unfair. Often, hardship is a tremendous opportunity in disguise to discover just who and what we can become in life. It’s so important to remember that we always have the freedom to choose our attitudinal stance to whatever pummeling life serves up. We can see ourselves as hopeless victims of an unfair fate. Or we can reach down deep into our core while focu... Read more

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There is a meaning crisis on a global scale that is draining the life out of people and the organizations that employ them. People hunger for meaningful connection with others, a life and work of purpose, and to enjoy a bigger, more beautiful life. And yet, there is so much employees, leaders and organizations can do to alter this tide and humanize the workplace while not just turning a profit but making the world a better place. W... Read more

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June 27, 2019 50 min

Have you ever felt an irresistible nudge encouraging you to step outside of your comfort zone? According to Wei-Li Shao, more often than not, this nudge isn’t a question, but rather an answer. After spending 18 years in the pharma industry and experiencing a severe health scare, Wei-Li decided to take the leap and pursue what he calls his “2.0”. He shares about the moment he learned of a brain tumor, and the journey it took for him... Read more

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June 19, 2019 51 min

Gone are the days of competitive advantage to best peers and emerge as number one in the marketplace. We are now in an era of collaborating with all manner of unlikely suspects including our customers, suppliers, and even our competitors. Our major business and societal problems cannot be solved alone. Time to unleash our unique ability as a species to strategically cooperate, mobilize contributors, foster innovation, and open the ... Read more

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June 13, 2019 50 min

It’s never too late to “hack your career” and create the life you ache for. Of course, you’ll need a system that engages your heart, head, and body and keeps you in “kinetic action” toward working on that audacious goal. We talk with the Talent Architect Melerick Mitchell about his proven system to help you spring yourself from an apathetic or under-fulfilling career to one that gives you greatest access to making the impact worthy... Read more

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Young girls and women across the world can do so much when educated and inspired to live and work to their fullest full potential. What’s needed for girls and women of all ages is a community that nurtures and feeds their growth and development, that teaches them to serve others through humanitarian causes which develops critical self-esteem and confidence, and that gives them access to inspiring examples of girls and women making ... Read more

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Companies increasingly need a high-performing workforce contributing their full talents in order to remain competitive, especially at a time when unemployment is at 3.8 percent. Leaders can create work environments, job tasks, and team interactions that elicit persistence, intensity, and discretionary effort that makes a difference to the bottom line. What they need to distinguish is the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic m... Read more

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