Discovering your purpose, without the angst – Part One with Make Do Co

What has longing got to do with work? Everything! Your instincts are the window into finding work you love and – if you so desire – creating a business with meaning. It’s not about finding work nirvana – a place where you’re ecstatic all the time – because the reality is that at times you will feel frustrated, at times you will get irritated with others, at times you will have to succumb to drudgery (especially if you do your own BAS statements!); but on the whole, you will feel content with the space you occupy, excited by future possibilities, and more often than not, you pack up at the end of the day feeling like you have achieved good work. Simply put? It just feels right.

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Find Your Possible – S1E5 feat. Fitted For Work – Championing women in the workplace

Donna believes in a collaborative leadership approach, and encourages a sense of fun and creativity. She understands from a personal perspective how important it is not only for a woman to experience the dignity that work brings, but also how employment impacts family, the wider community and the growth of the Australian economy and society as a whole. Today we talk about the importance of creating shared value in business, self-awareness and managing through change.

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Are you empathetic? Check your energy

One thing I’ve noticed over years in business is that empathy is seriously lacking from most workplaces. Other people’s behaviour is a reflection of their context, it has nothing to do with you. Go stand in their shoes and you will see. You don’t have to agree in order to empathise. Maybe if we could stop and see what our colleagues see we’d be a little less inclined to judge and start building better cultures.

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I2A – Intentions 2 Actions with Karen James

Transitioning a purpose or mindset into a habit is a very difficult task. It takes a lot more than intentions to make that happen. I feel so strongly about how important intentions and actions are, that I wrote about intentions twenty-six times and actions thirty-eight in On Purpose. Not to be repetitive but to illustrate the so many variables impact our ability to live a life of and on purpose. Here is a bit from On Purpose – be patient in the read as it has been selected on purpose. We have to include everyone in our intentions and then make sure we act for all of them – not just one. And remember, profit is an outcome…

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Find Your Possible – S1E2 feat. Conscious Capitalism Australia – Redefining business with purpose

Hey guys, welcome to our second episode of Find Your Possible. In this episode, we chat to Siobhan Doran from Conscious Capitalism Australia. Siobhan is the Executive Director of CCA and she’s been working hard to connect the purpose-driven community in Australia to bring higher purpose and ethics into business. We talk about redefining business for the future, the four tenants of building a conscious business and the personal journey of purpose. She also shares her tips for companies just starting out on a more meaningful journey.

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Simon Sinek, Start With Why, Clarity of Why

clarity of why, discipline of how + the consistency of what with simon sinek

Purpose will always be the foundation that we continue to build our business upon. We love that Simon Sinek's writing also aligns with this value and below you can read more about the importance of partnering your WHY, with HOW and WHAT, to give you a kickstart on your journey within this Conscious Business movement that is spreading across the globe.

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Find Your Possible – S1E1 feat. UQ Power – Nurturing conscious leadership

In our first episode, we talk to the lovely Heidi Pollard from UQ Power. Heidi has spent over 20 years uncovering what makes a great leader and coaches leaders to grow their unique brand and have a greater impact. She's on a mission to nurture conscious leaders who inspire and influence others to unleash their strengths so they can love their work. We talked about the current climate of transformational change in the world and the impact it’s having on business, workplace challenges facing leaders and what it takes to adapt to these challenges. I absolutely love her ethos and have learned a lot from our conversations, I’m sure you will too.

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Simon Sinek, Start With Why, Gut Decisions

gut decisions don’t happen in your stomach by simon sinek

We believe in brands speaking to each person as if they were looking right into their eyes. Mezzanine exists to build brands from the inside-out and nurture them like they were a person because people want to hear from people. That's what we're here to give, something real to experience. Simon Sinek touches on this idea of communicating to someone through something more than words. To meet them right where they are at and understand that gut decisions are the kind we all trust. Read on and you'll find an excerpt from his book, Start With Why.

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Strap in with karen james

Strength of character and accepting that you are the leader of your own life must be the starting point, otherwise your purpose – your why – is simply sitting on quick sand. You could be sold a new truth. You and only you are accountable. This is why we must challenge and change the way we define leadership. Put simply and told so many times – we are all leaders. It will be this mindset that solves the seemingly intractable issues facing our world. I would like to share an extract from my book, On Purpose, that speaks to this idea.

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Inspiring employees to become brand advocates

"I look for the ones that are passionate about creating positive change; because you can always develop a set of skills, but you can’t teach character. I've found that going on this journey helps bring out the best in people, it gives them fulfilment and benefits beyond the financial profit. Which is exactly what intrinsic motivation is all about. It's a win-win and it’s how we choose to do business. It’s the beginning of building a Conscious Brand." – Luke reflects on our recent Purpose-driven Community Talk; this month we unpacked the topic, ‘Inspiring employees to become brand advocates’.

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