Purpose graphicYou’ve probably heard a bit about the growing movement to consider purpose as an underpinning of any job. Many reports are emerging that Millennials in particular think of the larger social purpose of their work more than older generations did, infusing every career choice they make with intention.

The old idea of working to survive is being replaced with a desire to work to thrive.

As consultants to nonprofit and community benefit organizations, most of us have been on the cutting edge of this trend. We choose to use our unique talents to create a better world and put that at the center of our working lives.

But sometimes, even our most fervent desire for purpose in our work can be overshadowed by the need to learn new skills, keep up with a changing landscape, or accomplish day-to-day tasks.

Whether you’ve identified and pursued your purpose for years, are still searching, or have just begun to include purpose in your work life, staying on track can be challenging. How do you stay engaged?

This month on the NPCons chat, From Surviving to Thriving, we’ll discuss Purpose: how to define it, how to pursue it, and how to keep it at the forefront of your working life.

  • How have you found purpose in your life/work?
  • How important is purpose in choosing the work that you take on and the clients you work with?
  • What happens when you stray from your core purpose?
  • How do you get back on track after straying?
  • How do you stay purpose driven when business survival is the priority?
  • If you have more than one purpose, how do you balance those if/when they compete?
  • Sharing the purpose: how do you find and work with clients who share your sense of purpose?
  • How do you find and work with colleagues who share your sense of purpose?
  • How does having a purpose help create positive change in the world?

Refresh your own sense of purpose by joining us to share your insights and experience during this month’s NPCons Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 21st, at 1pm PT. See you there!


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