A witty, insightful guide to rediscovering Purpose and leading like you mean it
On Purpose is a modern-day business book for those who want to steer their work — and life — back on course. When your head and heart connect in both, our humanity becomes the hero in the story. Shed the mediocrity that comes from halfhearted decision-making, and rediscover your PLOT — Purpose, Leadership, Operations, and Technology — as you learn to live and lead with purpose. This insightful guide provides a framework for re-evaluating your direction, then stepping back and re-aiming the ship. It starts with a fable that illustrates just how businesses lose their PLOT every day, then digs down to the nitty-gritty to give you the actionable steps and practical advice you need to climb out of the rut. Deliberately ironic and witty, this book presents a fun, but informative read that is anything but cynical. You'll learn from the author's own successes using PLOT in her career, as she turned a $9M business into a $100M business and went on to drive international and domestic philanthropic ventures and leadership training programmes.
- PLOT will become the most practical four-letter word you'll ever use. This book shows you how a simple framework can become the turnaround your organisation and life so desperately need. Get your work on target
- Shift engagement methods for better results
- Leverage technology into a purposeful tool
- Get up and act
You may already have a documented vision and mission statement, but that's no longer sufficient. You need to act and lead with purpose, every day, in every decision you make. You need to recognise and utilise good people and tools, and redefine your goals to make them worth striving for. On Purpose shows you how, and gives you the practical, tested guidance you need to start moving in the right direction.
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About the Author
From fixing extended frame relays connecting to North Sea oil rigs, to designing and implementing a 600-seat virtual service centre for the Commonwealth Bank in 12 weeks, Karen James is a 'fixer' and 'doer' who holds people at the heart of every service model she rolls out. Using these principles, she turned a $9M business into a $100M business early on in her career, and set the tone for her future in business: have purpose, build the right culture, and bring in amazing leaders who are, above all, human.This same approach reaped rewards when Karen later co-created a cross-cultural change program for the Commonwealth Bank. Partnering with The Hunger Project and McKinsey, she implemented a leadership-lesson program based on the teachings of women in rural India. The program has directly changed the lives of over sixty people since, and its transformational ripple effect continues to make monumental changes to this day.But the real defining moment for Karen was personal, and it took place in her most recent role at the Commonwealth Bank. There she led the birth and growth of the Women in Focus network – a supportive community of over 10,000 businesswomen – built within three years, from scratch. Not only did Karen and her team prove that a corporate bank could develop more meaningful relationships with its community of clients, they also showed over 10,000 women that anyone who believes in themselves can have untold doors opened to themThese days, Karen is guided by her own Why. She is on a heartfelt mission to help people in business find their own inner leader and feel empowered to be the change that we are all headed towards. She believes this change represents a global shift in direction, inviting a new economy based on connection and humanity. It’s where the future of business lies – and it’s where tomorrow’s leaders will be inspired to create positive change for us all.
Table of Contents
About the author xi
Part I: The Fable (Back to School) 1
Chapter 1: Back to school 7
Part II: Manifesto 111
Part III: PLOT 121
Chapter 2: Purpose 125
Chapter 3: Leadership 141
Chapter 4: Operations 167
Chapter 5: Technology 185
Chapter 6: Action 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Everyone can learn from reading this book. The world would be a much better place if we all invested and practiced the principles " On Purpose" set forth. I highly recommend this book. Jean Loforte
A truly inspirational book, ideal for anyone who wants to transform themselves and their organisation.