Enthusiastic – A Cultural Foundation

Watching the Women’s World Cup victory this month reminded me of one of our portfolio’s cultural foundations – Enthusiasm.

The definition of enthusiasm is “ardent and lively interest or eagerness.” The US Women’s Soccer team displayed enthusiasm under incredible pressure, going on to win their 4th World Cup and two back-to-back championships.

Being enthusiastic about the game, not just the goal, inspires enthusiasm, and I was reminded of the path many of us took to build what is now Share On Purpose, Inc.

Five core leaders (three who are still here) decided on these cultural values in 2013 during one of the more challenging periods in our company’s evolution. Let me repeat that – we chose enthusiasm as a cultural value during one of our low points – a period after which we had lost our largest client, were failing financially and were not sure if the company would survive.

Yet, we remained enthusiastic. In spite of failure.

What I know now is that enthusiasm isn’t just something that follows success and sustains during failure… enthusiasm is a way of life.

– Do you love what you do? If so, unleash your enthusiasm, and if you don’t love your work, be enthusiastic about making a change.

– Do you enjoy the people you work with? If so, let them know, and if not, be enthusiastic about creating something new.

It’s EASY to be enthusiastic when things are working well. Most of us allow our emotions to be driven by what is happening TO us, versus feeling enthusiasm for the way things are as we create something better.

Successful leaders understand that enthusiasm is the gas that powers each of us to the life we dream about. For winners, enthusiasm starts before the victory, and success is the result of the level of enthusiasm generated throughout the journey.

When I experience major setbacks, I certainly reassess our business model and make the necessary changes to achieve the vision. Yet, without fail, I remain enthusiastic for both the vision of what I want to create, as well as the things that didn’t work out because they provide the course corrections to what WILL work.

So, what do you want professionally? Are you doing your part and finding enthusiasm on the journey? Do you understand that your emotions fuel you past doubt and that you have 100% CONTROL over what you think and feel?

Success is imminent when energy is focused.

Character

The culture at Share On Purpose is built on character and integrity. We firmly believe you must be able to “walk the talk.” We look for this quality in each person who joins the team as well as the clients we choose to partner with. 

Bob Prince, our Manager of Digital Media, is one such employee who exemplifies the principle of character. He stated, “I want people to know that when you throw the ball to Bob, I’m going to do my best to catch it. It’s my personal pride. I want to be everything I can be.”

His work ethic and commitment to excellence was instilled in him early on. “I’ve had a fairly independent life,” Bob said. “I had to make difficult choices from a pretty young age. I’d watch others make choices that didn’t turn out well and I didn’t want to follow that path. I always made the best choice I could, and I can proudly say that I have no regrets.”

Bob’s personal standard of doing what’s right is reflected in the work he produces at Share On Purpose. When asked to define character he stated, “It’s your currencyand if you don’t maintain the value of your own personal currency then what you contribute is worthless. You have to have something you value, which is yourself.”

Share On Purpose seeks employees who take pride in their character but also work to nurture it. “Share On Purpose is a people-centric business,” said Bob. “I love that we do things that make an impact. It’s hard to put that into words, but even in small ways we do things that improve people’s lives. There’s enough negativity out there and I want to be on the positive side of things. Share On Purpose makes me a better person because of the standards we set. I try my best to meet those standards and then model them for other people. For example, authenticity is very important at Share. I want to be authentic in my personal life as much as at work. That means, I say what I mean and mean what I say.”

If you ask Bob or the leadership at Share, they’ll be the first to admit having strong character doesn’t mean being perfect. It’s about committing to truth and being open and honest, even when you fail.

We ask ourselves hard questions. We wrestle with both perceptions and reality to uncover truth, and we face facts even when it’s painful to do so.

This commitment to character means that we will fire clients who treat team members poorly, and conversely, we will terminate team members who don’t care enough to serve each other, or our clients, well.

We also admit mistakes as soon as we find them (which is never soon enough) and will change what doesn’t work.

We pick ourselves up when we fail and use perspective to look for the good in ALL things.

That’s the beauty of an authentic commitment to truth: it’s not about being perfect, but rather understanding that character is indeed a window (people can see in), and we must walk the talk.

Working at Share On Purpose means that our leaders won’t be perfect but are committed to the pursuit of excellence. We will question everything because we want to win at serving, rather than selling.

If you’re ready to commit to being your best self and want to work with a team committed to the same, come join us.

Find Your Passion and Discover Career Happiness

Share On Purpose is committed to aligning employees with work they find meaningful. We believe that starts by identifying one’s purpose.

Stephanie Renna, Senior Talent Manager at Share on Purpose, describes the experience of finding her purpose as an awakening. 

“At first I struggled to find the right words. Like many others who go through this exercise, I thought my purpose had to fit the work I was already doing. I didn’t realize it was something bigger,” said Stephanie. “When I stopped overthinking it and put the words to what I wanted, I had that awakening! My purpose is simply, “to bring joy.”

Finding her purpose, combined with being in a place with so many possibilities, has positively impacted Stephanie’s career. With her performance mindset and ability to persevere, she has achieved new levels of success.

Stephanie started in one of Share On Purpose’s portfolio companies in 2012 (before it was even called Share On Purpose) working in a marketing role. At that time, she was given opportunities to stretch and grow her skill set.

“At my former employer, I worked 9 hours a day in a cubicle, focusing on one single aspect of marketing. At Share, I was exposed to all areas of business. It was exciting because my degree is in advertising and marketing, so I was able to utilize more of what I’d learned,” said Stephanie.

It’s Different at a Growth Focused Company 

Stephanie will attest to the fact that things move quickly at Share On Purpose. Her career changed as the organization grew. Working with multiple brands within the portfolio exposed her to new services and clients, which allowed her to expand her skill set beyond marketing.

This exposure and awareness of one’s purpose allows employees to chart a career path that aligns with the type of work that will fulfill them.

“The next step was to determine the work I was most passionate about. I’d been exposed to elements of staffing and training in a few of the brands and really loved that work. Fortunately, the portfolio was experiencing rapid growth and there was a need for a position utilizing those skills. I began my transition from Engagement Manager to Talent Manager in 2016.”

Working On Purpose

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities. Our focus on launching new brands, coupled with our dedication to ensuring employees are doing work they love, allows individuals to try new roles in a safe environment. Once an associate finds one that is the right fit, he or she is developed quickly to grow into a leadership position and build a career that aligns with their passion and purpose.

Stephanie was able to find a new role within the organization that fit both her passion and purpose, and has since built the talent department. The process wasn’t easy, but it was rewarding.

“I spent four years with Share before this opportunity presented itself. And I still step in to support projects in other areas of the business from time-to-time,” said Stephanie. “That’s fine because I know I’m in the right place and that ultimately, I’ll be an executive doing work I love full time.”

“I am happier now, even though it took a lot of trial and error to get here. When I first discovered my purpose was to bring joy, I thought I would have to go to clown school to fulfill it. I’m relieved that is not the case,” chuckled Stephanie.

Share On Purpose is unique in that we have a portfolio of companies that allows us to support our team members in finding the brand they like best. Additionally, the culture is built to support dedicated team members in succeeding, sometimes even providing a new career path that aligns with the portfolio’s growth. Stephanie is one of several success stories.

If working in a place of possibilities resonates with you, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Collaborating to Win

Be honest, do you ever take on too much? Too often we try to accomplish everything ourselves and end up taking on more responsibility than is necessary.

As a serial entrepreneur, and a leader of aspiring executives who are also entrepreneurial, breaking the habit of trying to “go it alone” has been paramount. Leaders who do not master the art of collaboration are overworked, get limited results, or in some cases, both.

Our success at Share On Purpose is in large part because of the principle – Together is More: Collaboration Fuels Quality.

WHAT IS “TOGETHER IS MORE”?

The guiding principle Together Is More is about collaboration. Collaboration as a discipline is not well understood because the corporate management system by which most professionals start their career is deeply flawed. In most companies, failure is punished severely, which diminishes the willingness to take calculated risks, and includes an intense focus on individual accountability versus individual and team performance.

This translates into individuals and departments working independently, and in some cases against each other, rather than collaborating to win collectively. This lack of natural collaboration built into the cultural framework impacts productivity and results. It also slowly erodes trust, developing a cut-throat environment, rather than a place of possibilities.

The guiding principle Together is More requires that the executive team models collaboration from the top down, while ensuring collaboration occurs throughout the organization. It’s something that’s not just “talked about” but is embedded into the entire management structure, as it is role modeled at all management levels.

WHY COLLABORATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS

Building a place of possibilities is, in large part, dependent upon the effectiveness of the organization, which hinges on its ability to collaborate. Establishing a culture that has a foundation of collaboration will have a significant impact on the organization’s effectiveness and, ultimately, the growth potential of the business and the individuals supporting it.

collaborationHOW DO YOU BUILD COLLABORATION INTO YOUR CULTURE?

Effective collaboration requires a win-win mindset from every level of the organization.

For example, executives and middle management MUST believe:

  • No one can win unless we all win.
  • When an individual wins, we win as a team.

It requires a commitment to win-win relationships between employees and managers, and the company and its contractors.

This is a powerful leadership lesson that facilitates a culture of collaboration and supports a place of possibilities. I am grateful that our top executives model this attribute and have adopted a collaboration mindset.

If a company that has authentic collaboration among all of its team members sounds like a place where you’d want to work, consider applying for one of our open positions.

Supportive – A Key Cultural Ingredient

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities. Once we created that bold vision, we set out to be different.

Over the last 9 years, we’ve evolved our business model several times in order to stay true to that vision. That has included changing our leadership team and staffing model. We had to learn to lead differently in order to unleash the potential of our team members. And we had to accept failure in order to build resiliency.

Our “SHARED” culture was defined in 2013 by key staff members (two who are still here), with the “S” standing for “Supportive.” Back then they asked themselves who we were, and this was the first word that came to their mind, followed by hopeful, authentic, resourceful, enthusiastic and driven.

I’m proud that our associates feel supported. Very proud. With a purpose to “Inspire Potential,” I can’t help but pour into our associates. Knowing they feel that way is very satisfying.

For our leadership team, being supportive means giving associates:

  • The mentoring and coaching necessary to achieve their potential. Despite our small size, we invest heavily in each team member personally and passionately.
  • The freedom to find better ways to do things, and the freedom to challenge leadership. We believe they are smart enough to self-manage and what they lack in experience can be made up for in passion and commitment.
  • A model of authenticity to use as a path to success.

We have big aspirations for the portfolio and the team. The support we offer each other is worth the effort. We know that personal growth requires frequent nurturing, which is why being supportive is a core cultural value.

Here’s what a few of our core team members have to say:

“A key component of my successful venture to the field of marketing and client services through my current role has definitely been the level of support I’ve received from all layers of the company. Everyone, from the CEO to our Engagement Coordinators, is constantly sharing best practices, tools, and insights into the most effective ways to achieve our objectives. This level of ongoing support makes for a highly stimulating and rewarding work culture.” -Gerardo Osorio, Director of Client Operations

“I don’t know if there is a company out there that listens more than the people at Share. With our transparent and supportive culture, there is always someone willing to listen to what you have to say. You can also expect their honest feedback and genuine encouragement. I feel that everyone at the company always wants the best for each individual and their career. They are willing to make personal sacrifices if it means someone else can benefit. I truly think Share is a one-of-a-kind company.” – Cailey Kidman, Engagement Coordinator

“The leadership is committed to supporting the team. They take the time to understand the needs of each individual so they can encourage personal and professional development. I’ve personally experienced growth and witnessed it in the team.” – Stephanie Renna, Talent Manager

If you’re looking for a supportive leadership team to help you grow, check out our available positions and find the right one for you.

Abundance in 2019

Do you ever feel there’s something missing in your life? Maybe you aren’t fulfilled by your current role, or you’ve dreamt of a position you fear you aren’t qualified for.  Or maybe you desire stronger relationships, more travel or better health. Sound familiar?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and not only gives training on how to excel in any role but proudly teaches each employee how to create more in their lives.

Succeed On Purpose, the first brand created within the Share On Purpose portfolio, offers courses in personal and professional development that each member of the team is invited to attend at no cost to them.

As we start the new year, we are focused on abundance. Not just having more wealth (although that is important) but having MORE in all aspects of life – more success, more joy, and more meaning.

The first step to MORE is understanding the difference between wealth and abundance.

Being wealthy means you have achieved “a great quantity of money and/or possessions.” Wealth is an end state.

Abundance, on the other hand, is an energy you step into.  Abundance is the PROCESS of more. It’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance goes beyond financial rewards. It allows us to create more joy and more meaning. Within us flows a powerful energy of abundance. We just need to tap into it and release our ability to CREATE whatever we desire.

Getting Ready for Abundance:

As a person who grew up in poverty, I spent the first half of my career driving towards wealth and success. As I acquired it, I realized I was still not happy.

In order to harness abundance, we have to give up our old ways of being. Particularly our egoic need to try to force an outcome. Here are two ways I had to change:

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned that in order to create an abundant life, I had to give up the quest for money, and instead, seek meaning.

By focusing on what matters and putting my energy into what I’m passionate about, money will come.

When I look for meaningful work, it means I enjoy what I’m doing, and in the process attract more money. This is where passion comes in. To tap into abundance, we must be passionate about our work. Passion fuels abundance.

2) Freedom versus Control

The second key to abundance is understanding the difference between freedom and control.

The ego wants to control situations, people and outcomes.

But does having more control lead to abundance? No. The truth is, what we really want is freedom. We really want financial freedom, time freedom, and the freedom to just be.

So, what next?

Are you hungry for more?

Do you want to work in a place that’s dynamically cresting from a place of abundance? If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

If you desire more beyond your career, Succeed On Purpose invites you to join our 100-Day Prosperity Challenge. You’ll learn tools and techniques that will get you more success, more joy, more meaning AND more money.

Resourcefulness – Obstacles Are an Opportunity for Innovation

One of our company’s power tools is to “use short-term challenges to make long-term impacts.”

The entire Share On Purpose portfolio was born out of innovating our way through challenges. Seriously. All of it.

The vision for the company has never changed, but what we built and how we built it has morphed repeatedly, through mistakes and missteps.

In the early days, it felt like failure; like maybe the dream was too big and we couldn’t do it.

Keep in mind, the goal isn’t just to build ONE company, but to create a portfolio of game-changing companies and to do so with a talented group of emerging leaders.

We want to do this WITH our team – to work with them side-by-side, learning and growing together. It’s the collaboration with other smart leaders that inspires us.

And for me personally, I want to use my innate gift for launching businesses to help these leaders get what they want, including the opportunities to grow and learn. That’s the motivation behind our business model.

So, why has the journey been so difficult?

Two reasons: First, it’s a big vision. We don’t want to just create a company within an industry. In each case, we want to build a company that innovates its industry. Big? Yep.

Like it or not, something that big requires stops and starts, adjustments and frequent pivots. A pivot is a change in strategy or execution – without a change in vision.

Second, it requires resiliency and resourcefulness. There is great power in those attributes, but they take a level of commitment and focus to persevere. All great executives know that.

So as we celebrate our 9 year anniversary, I realize that it’s all been worth it. Every struggle, every mistake, every change, every pivot. All worth it.

Our culture molded itself and created one of our most revered core values – resourcefulness.

Today we know that each challenge reveals a course correction to a more effective way of building this big dream.

If you want to build something great, are committed to growth, and want to create a place of possibilities, join our team.

 

Hopefulness – Your Hidden Super Power

It was the Summer of 2013 and Share On Purpose was failing, even after I’d invested over $1 million dollars and four years of effort.

We were out of cash, had lost our biggest client and did not know if we could make payroll.

It was the most challenging time in our company’s history. Here I was chasing the biggest dream I’d ever had, and still couldn’t make it work.

Even though my business mind said to quit, my heart and soul encouraged me to keep going. Although I felt afraid, my soul was hopeful.

We pulled our six staff members together, two who are still here, and started weekly briefings on our financial status, and more specifically, whether or not they would have a job.

In the midst of this, we were defining our culture and asking them to describe who we were. The words were consistent: Optimistic, Hopeful.

They used these words in the midst of failure, and it was true. We were filled with hope, regardless of the external results.

This is important, not only because it’s part of our cultural fabric, but rather because it’s the key to achieving a dream.

Most of us were taught to use what happens externally as a determination of success.

Messages like: “Did you win?” “Did you get an A in your test?” are pounded into our childhood psyche from early on.

Conversely, because I had grown up in extreme poverty and abuse, I had to learn how to look past the immediate external world to simply find the will to survive.

Rather than look to what was happening around me for hope, I shifted my perspective to the dream of something different. I saw things the way I wanted them to be, rather than what they were. And that filled me with hope.

Today, that hopefulness is now pervasive in our culture. No matter what happens, our core leaders are able to shift their perspective to the good that can come from the challenge, rather than dwell on the challenge itself.

It may sound utopian to some, but it’s who we are at our core. As we near Thanksgiving, I’m most grateful for hope.

– Hope that things will improve in our nation

– Hope that there are better times ahead

– Hope that we are a beacon of “possibilities”

– Hope that we attract the best talent

– Hope for profitable growth

– Hope for powerful new concepts to launch

What are you hopeful about? What do you want to create with this life you’ve been given?

If you want to build something great, bring a spirit of hopefulness to your professional endeavors. Anyone can be critical and judgemental, but those who do great things know that hopefulness is THE attribute that produces victory.

Here’s a quote from the fairy tale “The Ugly Ducking,” that sums it up:

“He now felt glad at having suffered sorrow and trouble, because it enabled him to enjoy so much better all the pleasure and happiness around him.”

Happy Thanksgiving. Be a beacon of hope.

 

Developing a Culture of Lifelong Learning

When evaluating a potential employer, the guiding principles, as well as how they are used in business decisions, speak volumes about the company culture and values. Said another way, for you to know whether you will “fit” a company’s culture, you would do well to know these values and understand their importance to the culture. The reason for this is that for a culture to be real, every team member must be aligned with the culture and guiding principles.

The brands within the Share On Purpose portfolio are constantly innovating. For this reason, a principle specific to knowledge acquisition needed to be included and defined. The founding leaders of Share On Purpose asked a few bold questions: How do we build a “learning organization” in an uncertain, rapidly changing world? And, how can the management team be mentored so they lead with these values consistently? Ultimately the goal was to strengthen the culture and service offerings while evolving, expanding and innovating our way to success.

To help answer these questions, a look at the Millennial generation and their “just-in-time learning” philosophy provided valuable insight. Millennials are incredibly resourceful knowledge seekers and quick to learn. They don’t learn because they are told to, or simply to accumulate knowledge. They learn what they need, when they need it, and then apply that knowledge to enhance their lives or grow their careers.

With the help of Share On Purpose’s initial culture team members, the principle adopted regarding training and mentoring was “New Knowledge – Learn it as you need it.” Knowledge is (and always has been) power, which is why a college degree became a necessary management criterion in the baby boomer era. The problem with the accumulation of knowledge today is that our world is changing so fast that most skills are outdated less than a year after they are learned.

For our guiding principles to resonate with the way generations now learn, we had to rethink traditional training models and embrace the “just-in-time learning” modality. That meant defining the value, New Knowledge, and rethinking the Career Matrix to introduce certain management skills as leaders’ careers were evolving. It also meant creating the Share School Online Leadership Training Portal, so that training would be available when emerging leaders needed it, rather than wait for when it would be taught.

There are many things that contribute to building a performance culture, but one of the most important is to use a defined set of values so that leadership and business decisions align with the culture; and then to embed the values into all facets of the organization, especially training.

For Share On Purpose, the guiding principles provide the anchor to the culture from which all decisions, actions, and services are measured against.

If this sounds like an organization you’d like to be a part of, view our available positions and apply now.

Going Above and Beyond

When was the last time a business went above and beyond for you as a customer?  Have you ever had a team member at your own job that went out of their way to ensure success was achieved? That kind of attitude and those kinds of actions, no matter how small, make a huge impact. Having a culture where each member of the team strives to go above and beyond is something a company can foster.

Personal Character is part of your Personal Brand

Getting results is achieved first and foremost through personal character. There is a huge difference between just showing up for the job and exceeding expectations. It’s up to each individual to set their own standard. All of us have a personal brand standard – a definition of how we show up. Much like a vehicle or technology brand.

Each person at a company can impact the business, from the CEO to the receptionist. Being willing to take that extra step is an aspect of one’s personal standard. It has NOTHING to do with your team, manager, or the company you work for.

Shocked? Think about it. You can go above and beyond in just about any environment and for just about any manager. All the environment does is expand the impact and ensure long-term fit.

Companies Set the Standard

Great companies don’t try to force this. Instead, they hire, train, and promote natural performers. There is a big difference.

The truth is, we can’t “make” an employee go the extra mile. True leaders know that and focus on setting the example for their team.

At Share On Purpose, we encourage excellence and autonomy. This combination gives employees the freedom to take those extra steps to strengthen relationships with their team and clients. Going above and beyond is one of our defining principles and something we look for in each individual we bring onboard.

Are You Going Above and Beyond?  

To personally assess if you’re going above and beyond, ask these questions:

  • Do I always give my best effort? Once you’re done, do you check to see if there’s more you could have done? (Passion to Win)
  • Do I practice and prepare? Do I do my best regardless of the circumstances? (Preparation)
  • Do you keep your team and customers top of mind? Are you always looking to enhance relationships? (Customer-centric)

So, is your PERSONAL brand standard an “Above and Beyond” brand? Test yourself and decide.

Share On Purpose is a place of possibilities looking to go the extra mile. If you’re an A player looking for your next opportunity, view our available positions here.