Dr. Douglas A. Wilson is a New York Times best selling author, senior advisor to CEOs, and a thought leader on corporate purpose.
Purpose driven companies are defined by 3 principles:
- The purpose of business is to do both well and good.
- Great leaders and great organizations excel at providing their people, their customers and their communities both economic and social value.
- Aligning an enterprise and its people to achieve a worthy purpose is not just the right thing to do, but is also the most effective way to achieve sustained high performance in an increasingly unforgiving competitive environment.
Lessons Learned: Proven Leaders Speak on Leadership
Springtime and renewal are synonymous. We are in the midst of a corporate Spring in America. Companies are stepping up to their shared sense of responsibility for the positive impact they can make in the world. Enlightened leaders are re-thinking how they can make life better for all stakeholders and believe the long term impact is greater profitability.
An enlightened strategic leader has a lot to think about. Seriously changing how the organization can positively impact the health and well being of planet earth is often one priority that is on the “nice to think about but not critical” list. Thankfully, this mindset is changing rapidly. But it’s not easy.
Interview with Dick Gochnauer, Retired CEO, United Stationers, Inc. Dick attributes much of the company’s success to crafting a powerful purpose for the company that engaged all stakeholders. The motivation, commitment, and creativity that resulted from the effort has left United Stationers, now Essendant, in a strong position to continue as the dominant player in office products distribution.
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Doug was an early member of the TED community and spoke in Monterrey, CA. Click play to watch Doug's talk on human rights and technology in developing countries.