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The World Needs More Big Hairy Missions

Your loving alertness is a lantern.  Keep it protected from wind that makes it crazy.  Instead of that airy commotion live in the water that gently cools as it flows.  ~ Rumi

In the OCT/NOV issue of Fast Company, Nancy Lublin CEO of Do Something, shares an article about mission statements …..why they are dumb and how to write one. Basically she suggests that using a specific target such as a BHAG aka Big Hairy Audacious Goal (hey! I just blogged about BHAG’s!) as a mission statement is a good idea because it is clear and precise ~ a quantifiable goal everyone can get behind.

I agree with her that companies should take any “wonky mission statement and rip it to shreds” – I don’t agree that mission statements should be BHAG-ish.  Mission statements, an integral component of core ideology, should be enduring – if the environment changes, the statement remains the same. For example, Microsoft’s well-known BHAG, as referenced in the FC article, “a computer on every desk and in every home, all running Microsoft software” is a goal/BHAG, yes – but is this really all the company is up to? As stated on the company website, “at Microsoft, our mission and values are to help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential” ~ now that is one Big Hairy Mission ~ one that is enduring, non-limiting and inspiring to most people reading it.  So, let’s keep our BHAG’s distinct and start creating and working from Big Hairy Missions that compel us all to act from our highest selves.

(Lublin is obviously up to some good stuff ~ her company Do Something “uses the power of online to get teens to do good stuff offline” ~ now that is one big hairy commitment!)



Shamanism: Its all about Connection

Update: 6/28/11 : Look for new website coming soon 

I met the blogger of Soul Lab, Jennifer Hill Robenault, at the Writer’s Conference in Austin a few weeks ago…I told her about my book, Shaman’s Guide to Business (now Love’s Guide to Business) and her response was “What is up with all the Shamans?” She proceeded to tell me that in two days she was going to go to her first session with a Shaman. When I talked to her later that week she told me it was “life changing.”   Now Jennifer and I are working together….my husband and I are meeting the Shamanic Practitoner, Gerry Starns, next week!  Its all about connection………..

I come from “beginners mind” when it comes to Shamanism and view it as a powerful context from which to talk about connectiveness. Following is an excerpt from the Q & A session with Gerry I particularly resonated with:

SL: You essentially help people reconnect to the spiritual in everyday life. How do people’s lives change as a result of your work?

GS: I believe that if we can infuse our everyday life and experience with spirit, we will naturally become more whole and more connected with that huge context that we call Nature. If we can stop compartmentalizing family from work, from spiritual practice, from parenting, from play, and so on, we will become stronger and feel more fulfilled moment by moment.   To read the entire Soul Lab Interview…….

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