Do you lack energy and passion in your career and life? Are you fully aligned with your purpose?
In a recent Gallop survey, 60% of people said they were rethinking their meaning and purpose at work. To fight the impacts of “The Great Resignation” leaders must be in-tune to what their people need from their work experience. Meaning and purpose are at the top.
In this episode, former Vice President of Pespi Lance Tanaka shares his “Dream and Achieve” framework to identify, create, and live your purpose. Our hope is for leaders to actively engage their people in the 3 pillars that allow us to be happy, fulfilled, and aligned in purpose.
Topics covered in this episode:
In this episode, we discuss:
[03:20] What is the purpose of the Dream and Achieve Framework?
[05:12] Finding your element – what sets you on fire?
[11:55] Approach to identifying your elements
[14:54] The who, what, where, when of your elements
[20:13] Setting the right environment for people to do amazing things
[21:56] The importance of working towards a purpose
[28:08] Setting realistic goals
[31:01] Don’t worry about the money, worry about the people
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Lance Tanaka is the Founder and Managing Director of The Lance Tanaka Group and has held top posts in the US and Asia with Pepsi-Cola Indonesia, Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan; he also was Vice President of International for Nike-Cole Haan in Hong Kong.
In his 20 years of coaching, Lance has worked with more than 800 executives from the top global organizations on finding authenticity and purpose.
He is the author of several books, including His 2019 book, “Stories from the Top: The 8 Core Leadership Challenges and How the Best Executive Overcame Them”, and his new book, “Dream and Achieve—Authenticity: Be the Leader You Were Designed to Be.”
Finding Purpose in the Workplace
The research is showing that purpose is becoming a bigger and bigger issue for people.
I saw a McKinsey report saying somewhere around sixty percent of people want to know their purpose, and they want to work with companies who are in line with that purpose.
Helping Others Do Amazing Things
Simon Sinek once said that a leader is somebody who sets the environment. They don’t necessarily lead people, but they set the right environment for people to do amazing things.
So how do we set this environment, whether it’s a system or culture, where people can then start going through this discovery of saying, ‘hey, this is what I want to do. This is the right place for me’? That’s what we should be working towards as leaders.
Progressive vs. Non-progressive Companies
There are some companies that I would call non-progressive in that they’re afraid for their people to find out about their purpose. Because they might be thinking, if we help them discover who they are, they’ll discover themselves and take themselves out of the company. Yeah, it’s true. There have been situations like that. But that’s very short-term thinking.
When we work with progressive companies, what they do is they help their people discover their own sense of purpose and let them decide if they’re willing to work with the company or not. That way, people who do not feel aligned with the company’s purpose and values can leave earlier before we can invest another five years developing them.
Links and References
- Start With Why by Simon Sinek (book)
- 7 Steps to a Time Freedom Lifestyle with Genesis Hey Krick (podcast episode)
- Tanaka in 3 (podcast)
- Dream and Achieve: 90 Days to a life of purpose by Lance Tanaka (book)
- Dream and Achieve—Authenticity: Be the Leader You Were Designed to Be by Lance Tanaka (book – coming soon!)