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Purpose helps us sort out what matters to us. Purpose helps us get clear as to why we are here and shows us the way for making the best use of our natural abilities and talents.
Tiffany Mattick, Sr. Director, Organization Effectiveness at Thomson Reuters was a guest presenter recently at the Executive Women’s Change Leadership Roundtable. She shared some of her discoveries and steps she took to connect with her purpose.
It started with discontent
At first, Tiffany tried to ignore the discontent she felt. She was doing well at work so things looked good on the surface. But she soon discovered that our bodies have a limit to the amount of discontent they will tolerate.
Then things happened
This is a common next step when we let our minds talk us out of the discontent we feel. Things that we don’t like, start to happen around us.
She got sick.
Then came the day she forgot to turn off the laundry room faucet when she got a call to pick up her kids. That ended with a flood in the newly remodeled basement. The brand new custom cabinetry and newly installed carpet were ruined.
Tiffany now helps others connect with their purpose by showing them that:
When people engage with this formula published by Leider, they bring out their own personal best. They are happier both at home and at work. And they make contributions that matter to them. That’s a win for themselves and for everyone around them!
Take the time
If you are in a leadership role, take the time to become clear on your purpose. It will make a big difference in your confidence level, your decision making and your ability to know where you stand, and why. We need more leaders who can do this.
Thank you, Tiffany for sharing your journey with us. We appreciate your candor and your courage.
If you’d like to discover or refine your purpose, you may find these resources helpful.
• The Power of Purpose by Richard Leider
• TED talk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6uMqoIRwSg
• Strengths Finder 2.0
• Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol S. Dweck
Let me know what you discover!
Perfection is something that I used to struggle with. Finally I realized there is no such thing as perfection. Therefore it’s silly to aspire to something that doesn’t exist.
Once I gave up my pursuit, life got a whole lot easier. I found myself enjoying almost everything I did. I was happier. My stress level went down. I discovered I was good enough. What a relief that was!
Is it ‘A’ work or ‘C’ work?
During a discussion at an Executive Women’s Change Leadership Roundtable, one of the women in the group shared a helpful communication tip that she and her boss use to help root out perfectionism. When she gets a new project they determine if it needs ‘A’ level work or if ‘C’ level work is good enough. I think that is brilliant. It saves a lot of time and energy.
I hope you find Father McDonell’s poem as reassuring as I do.
I have had it with perfection,
I have packed my bags,
I am out of here.
As certain as rain
will make you wet,
perfection will do you
It droppeth not as dew
upon the summer grass
to give liberty and green
Perfection straineth out
the quality of mercy,
withers rapture at its
Before the battle is half begun,
cold probity thinks
it can’t be won, concedes the
I’ve handed in my notice,
I’ve given back my keys,
signed my severance check, I
Hints I could have taken:
Even the perfect chiseled form of
Michelangelo’s radiant David
the Venus de Milo
has no arms,
the Liberty Bell is
Let me know your thoughts.
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