Foster Purpose, Not Urgency

Kimberly Lockhart shares this about the need to create a sense of purpose instead of urgency.

She highlights the outcomes created by urgency;

  • Shortcuts & Sloppiness
  • Limited space for creative solutions
  • Micromanagement
  • Loss of potency
  • Disrupts communication

Instead a sense of purpose creates things differently.

A sense of purpose is a deep understanding of the reasons behind our efforts and a desire to pour in time and energy because that purpose resonates with the impact we’d like to make on the world.

A sense of purpose is immersion in our cause, and allowing that exposure to motivate action. A sense of purpose is about going faster and smarter toward a mission we all see clearly. It’s about using good judgment because we all understand the short and long term implications of our actions on what we’re creating together.

Creating a sense of urgency is about deadlines, nagging and sheer speed. Fostering a sense of purpose is different. It’s a collaborative endeavor, and it requires trust that your team members will translate their sense of purpose into increased effectiveness.

Your primary job as a leader is to hire the right team, and then to spend time inspiring this sense of purpose. Help people understand the impact of their work, and speed will follow.

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