Purpose Podcast 031 — Ryan Buchanan (eROI): Asking why drives us toward what we need rather than what we want

In the HBR article by Clayton Christensen How will you measure your life? (paywall) he asks, “How can I ensure that my relationship with my family proves to be en enduring source of happiness?” I talk about this question and the article to kick off this episode of the podcast.Ryan-Buchanan-Purpose-Podcast-Quote

Ryan Buchanan shared with me eROI’s purpose: Asking why drives us toward what we need rather than what we want.  Listen to the episode to find out why Ryan and the eROI team ask Why so much and what I think of that question.

Ryan tells us: “Growth for growth’s sake is not a real purpose.”

Ryan’s advice to entrepreneurs:

You’ve got to start somewhere. The beginning of next week, I encourage you to adopt some of the Rockefeller Habits, adopt the daily standup and in your first hour-long weekly meeting, discuss your values and your purpose. Start this Monday.

Links:

Purpose Podcast 013: Purpose of … #1

One Page Strategic PlanThis week we think about purpose differently.  What is the purpose of a one page strategic plan?  What is the purpose of core values?  What is the purpose of quarterly rocks (priorities)?  What is the purpose of your weekly executive team meeting?  What is the purpose of a dashboard?

For a full day with your executive team, come to a Mastering the Rockefeller Habits workshop in Portland, OR or Detroit, MI.  Find out more at TedSarvata.com