Performance Matters

Performance. It’s something every business needs, yet few attain it to the level they desire. It’s a word that leaders like to preach, but don’t always teach.

Webster’s Dictionary defines “performance” as:

  • The execution of an action;
  • The fulfillment of a claim, promise, or request;

As a CEO of multiple companies, I can tell you that performance is achieved first and foremost through personal character. The results a team or business obtain through performance is directly tied to character elements, rather than strategy or tactics.

From the CEO to the receptionist, it is the individual’s character that determines their willingness to perform. Performance is an aspect of one’s personal brand. It has NOTHING to do with your team, manager, or the company you work for.

Shocked? Think about it. A true performer (some call them A Players) can perform in just about any environment, for just about any manager. All the environment does is expand their impact, and ensure they stay.

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

As a leader, I know that the truth is, we can’t “make” an employee perform. Any attempt to do so will only result in modest improvement that won’t be sustained. True leaders know that and focus on managing results, rather than people, time, or activities.

And there is a HUGE difference between activity and impact. Your people can be busy, and not make an impact. Impact comes from incorporating three elements: Passion, Preparation and Perseverance.

To personally assess your performance, ask these questions:

  • Do I set myself up to win, or do I blame others? Do I always give my best effort? (Passion to Win)
  • Do I practice and prepare? Do I do my best regardless of the circumstances? (Preparation)
  • Do I bring a “whatever it takes” spirit to my work? (Perseverance)

Each ONE of us has a personal brand standard – a definition of how we show up. Kind of like a vehicle brand, or a technology brand.

I drive a car brand known for performance, not because of its status, but because when I press on the gas I get consistent (fast) performance. My vehicle rarely breaks down – it consistently performs. The brand expectation and the brand experience are congruent.

So, is your PERSONAL brand experience a performance brand? Test yourself and decide.

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

Why Perseverance Matters to Success

Knowing how not to quit — that’s the one thing Share On Purpose CEO Terri Maxwell says all successful people have in common. From Olympic gold winners and Billboard-topping singers to Fortune 500 founders and billionaire entrepreneurs, perseverance separates the triumphant from the aspiring. It’s what breeds success, a truth R’ymonda Davis, Managing Director of Promote On Purpose, learned early in life.

“I’ve been fighting against odds since I was born,” said R’ymonda. “I was born two months premature, and I wasn’t supposed to live. I didn’t even have a name for three days. But I was strong, I kept fighting, and here I am.”

Naturally persistent, R’ymonda used that fighting spirit to propel her forward in life. As a child and teen, she excelled at both sports and academics and continually pushed herself to achieve more. Still, she said it wasn’t until she came to work at Share On Purpose that she truly learned the power of perseverance.

“I was hired a little over three years ago as an entry-level engagement coordinator,” said R’ymonda, “and it was that EC role that changed how I think about perseverance.”

The Perseverance Mindset

“Perseverance is a spiritual force,” explained R’ymonda. “To win, you can’t just decide to focus harder. You have to access that force. It’s within all of us, but you have to know how to access it. Working at Share taught me how to do that.

“Even though I could identify times I’d persevered from a young age, it wasn’t until I dove into the Success ExceleratorTM training and learned from Terri that perseverance became more tangible — something I could tap into. The Success ExceleratorTM training makes that explicit, and it helped me develop a game plan that’s repeatable for approaching and overcoming challenges.”

Harnessing the Power of Perseverance

That game plan is crucial for success, said R’ymonda. Everyone accesses perseverance differently. Knowing how to tap into it purposefully increases its power.

One tool used at Share On Purpose is getting into a mindset where you can harness the power of perseverance. It’s known as getting into “state”.

“I used to get into state before track meets in school, but I didn’t know that was what I was doing,” said R’ymonda. “Share gave me a process. I spend a lot of time in prayer because I really draw from my spirit to drive my why and my purpose and to understand that every circumstance is larger than me. Once I’ve centered myself, then I access perseverance space [or “state”] by listening to music and dancing or getting active. I have a ‘game face’ playlist that pumps me up and gets me in the right mindset. I also have affirmations. Thanks to Share’s training, I now have a toolkit I can draw from to access my inner perseverance and move forward.”

“I believe in the power of perseverance,” she added. “By tapping into it when needed, you frame the circumstance and challenge in a different light — in the light of a solution instead of a problem. That leads to breakthroughs. Sometimes the breakthrough is very obvious and external, but sometimes it’s simply the growth that comes through the process. And that’s what I’m truly grateful for, because the growth transforms your life. Growing through perseverance isn’t just something you can use at work. It’s your entire lifestyle.”

Does the idea of unlimited potential excite you? Check out our available positions to join a team that recognizes and rewards perseverance.

Perseverance Strengthens – Find a Way

I’d like to think of the early formation of Share On Purpose as a “million-dollar education” rather than a mistake, but at the time it felt very much like a HUGE blunder.

After selling a multi-million-dollar consulting business in early 2008, I decided to “invest” $500,000 in purposeful ideas with the goal of assisting entrepreneurs in bringing meaningful concepts to market.

From 2010-2012 we operated a business incubation program, launching 14 brands with 12 different entrepreneurs, including two brands (Succeed On Purpose and IGNITE On Purpose) that were my original ideas. Leveraging the Succeed On Purpose business training platform, we created a FREE 6-month business incubation program for purposeful entrepreneurs. At the end of the program, our management team determined if we wanted to invest cash in the incubated concept. These investments ranged from $10K to $100K in exchange for equity participation in these purposeful ideas.

We also provided office space, a CPA/Group Controller to manage accounting, and an operating team to help with the overall execution of the concepts. The aspiring entrepreneurs didn’t have to pay upfront for these resources. We assumed all risk, with the goal of earning distributions from equity positions that would eventually provide an investment ROI. The idea was simple: We only made money when everyone else made money, and we provided both the know-how and capital. A true win-win.

Perfect, right?

Wrong. Not only did I lose the $500K of initial investment but had to inject another $500K just to stay afloat, as the businesses struggled to meet financial projections, and many went under completely.

With spiraling negative cash flow due to infrastructure, we were forced to either exit each business at a huge loss, buy the business outright, or shut it down and assume the debt. Like I said, many would consider it a failure, but it was truly a million-dollar education.

  • Was it a million-dollar education in how to build businesses? Nope. I’ve built several successful businesses.
  • Was it a lesson on how to invest? Nope. I’ve made a lot of money investing in brands of all sizes.
  • How about an education in how to select entrepreneurial leaders? Nope. These were all wonderful people with great ideas.
  • Maybe it was a lesson in how to invest in start-ups? Nope. Not even that.

In fact, it wasn’t an education in anything related to business. It was a lesson in how NOT to quit.

One would assume that I would have already learned this lesson (how not to quit), as I’ve had a history of personal and professional challenges throughout my life. But, I’d never tried to do something this meaningful. I’d never tried to do something based on my purpose to inspire potential.

Learning how to stay the course when it gets tough isn’t all I learned about not quitting. What I learned was a hard-core lesson in the power of perseverance. Perseverance strengthens us. It prepares us for more.

Perseverance is an energetic force, and it’s through the energetic power of perseverance that we learn how to BE more as a path to having more. BEING more isn’t just about knowledge or experience. To BE more means that we’re able to access more of our potential. And, when we access more of our human potential, our dreams get bigger and our lives get better.

All great leaders, athletes, warriors, and entrepreneurs learn about perseverance. The only common denominator of successful people is perseverance. The refusal to quit. What most don’t realize, however, is that it’s not about quitting. It’s about tapping into the energetic power of perseverance. Every single person has an unlimited supply of perseverance, but only a few people know how to access it.

Ironically, the original dream for what is now Share On Purpose never changed. We set a bold vision in 2009 to build a place where great people did great things. We aspired to create purposeful brands that were game changers in their respective industries, with companies that were performance-based and leaders that were driven, yet purposeful.

Today, many people want what I have. They want to run an amazing portfolio of businesses and get to create brands that solve real problems. They want to attract amazing talent and develop them into world-class leaders. But not many people are willing to do what I’ve done in order to have this dream or any dream. Not because they are incapable, but because they haven’t learned how to harness perseverance.

To access perseverance, you have to first realize that it is an energetic force, which means we access it, or better yet, harness it. This force is already in us, waiting to be unleashed.

To access perseverance, we have to think in terms of “whatever it takes” or “find a way.” When life gets hard, it doesn’t mean that we should quit, it simply means we have to FIND A WAY. We have to think differently, learn something new, or look for a solution elsewhere. Or, sometimes we simply need to ask for help.

There’s ALWAYS a way to get what you want. Sometimes it’s persisting on the current path, sometimes it’s finding another route, sometimes it’s changing the approach altogether. But, there is always a way.

At Share On Purpose, we have built a place where GREAT people do great things. The emphasis is ALWAYS on great people, rather than the really cool brands we launch.

Share On Purpose hires driven emerging leaders and we GROW them. We prepare them, teach them, groom them, mentor them and develop them. I like to say that we grow leaders who launch businesses. We teach these leaders about the power of perseverance and how to maximize their potential. We help them discover their passions and help them chart a course to go after big dreams.

We have multiple brands in our Business Cultivator today, and we’re just looking for passionate leaders to launch these ideas. Many of our emerging leaders will soon get to create business concepts for us to cultivate. Through their passion and purpose, these leaders will identify world problems they want to solve. Working with our executive team, our emerging leaders will “imagineer” ideas that will make the world better.

Pretty cool right? Yes, if you can access perseverance. Perseverance strengthens, and when you access it, you’ll find a way.

Was the million-dollar education in perseverance worth it? Yep. And worth every penny.

A Career Without Passion Is Just a Job

Doing what we love is the surest path to success, but not every workplace values passion. At Share on Purpose passion is not only valued, it’s a key part of our leadership development program. This gives employees, like Engagement Manager Taylor Jackson, fuel to propel themselves forward for the company, their clients, and themselves.

“In my work, I try to come up with out of the box things that no one has ever thought of before or done,” said Taylor. “I’m very innovative, or at least I try to be. Creativity and problem solving are my passions. When I have a really hard problem or task, I get a rush from trying to figure out how to solve it.”

“At Share, I get a lot of opportunities to be creative,” she added. “I expressed my desire for that at the beginning, and they’ve been great at honoring that need. At first, with Succeed On Purpose, I was always making graphics. Now, as engagement leader for Promote On Purpose, I do a lot of brainstorming. There’s always a problem that needs a solution, so I’m constantly challenged.”

Loving the Hard Parts

That constant challenge keeps Taylor engaged and focused, even when things get tough or something doesn’t go according to plan. When challenges arise, it’s her passion for problem solving that sees her through.

“I don’t look at the hard parts of my job as hard,” she explained. “They’re challenges. Challenges aren’t something to be avoided. They’re something to address immediately. And that’s what I do. I don’t back away from the hard parts, I tackle them, and while I’m tackling them I’m always hoping I can come up with an innovative solution that no one else has thought of.”

Working at Share has made it easier for Taylor to come up with innovative solutions, too.

“I’ve always been relentless and competitive,” said Taylor, “but I didn’t always know what could set me up for success. Share taught me what resources and tools I could use to solve problems more effectively.”

Working Together for The Win

Taylor acquired those resources and tools in Share’s leadership development program, which prioritizes developing leaders in a way that aligns with their passions and creates value for the company.

“At Share, they do a really good job at honoring what you’re passionate about and what you’re meant to do,” said Taylor. “They also check in a lot to make sure my passions haven’t changed, that I’m feeling fulfilled, and that I’m on the right career path. They are really quick on making that adjustment to get you where you want to be if something isn’t fitting or if something has shifted.”

“I’m a builder,” she added. “So, I’m always going to want to build a company. They’ve seen that from the beginning, and so they’ve lined me up to launch a new brand. I get to start from the beginning — it doesn’t even have a logo yet — and turn it into a successful revenue-generating business over the next year and a half. I’m excited!”

Ready to do what you love with a company that understands and rewards passion? Check out our open positions.

Passion Rules – Making Winning a Passion

I love the Olympics. It shines a light on an attribute that separates humankind: the champion spirit.

Think about it. These are people, who at a very young age, decide they want to be a champion. An Olympic champion.

Deciding is the easy part. Anyone can decide. You see, it’s in the day-to-day choices that real champions are made. These athletes make day-to-day choices, some would call them sacrifices, in order to be the best.

And, they fail. A lot. I’ve learned that it’s when we face life’s disappointments that the elite separate themselves from the average.

At Share On Purpose, we take passion seriously. It’s key. You have to do what you love, most days. And, you can’t stop until you find what it is that you love. We work with associates to help them determine their passion and to transition to work in our portfolio that aligns with that passion.

To build a performance culture, people need to do what they love.                                                                                                             But, there’s more.

Your team also must learn how to love what they do. Love the good of it, and the not so good. Love the hard parts of it, and the learning parts of it.

You have to love how it makes you feel, and most importantly, if you want to be the best in your industry, you have to love to win at it.

Great brands do one thing well – they make winning the pursuit. They make winning a passion. Rather than sweating the small stuff, and worrying about the competition, the best brands make winning a passion. They inspire their team to BE THEIR BEST, no matter what.

How do we do that at Share On Purpose? Through 5 things:

  1. We help each person create a vision for themselves as a leader. You must see yourself where you want to be. To us, every single person who works here is a leader in the making. Every. Single. One.
  2. Once we help them see themselves as a leader, we teach them how not to quit. That’s easier said than done because, as humans, we want to quit when it gets hard. So, we teach people how to get back up when they fail, how to persevere when it gets hard, and how not to quit when they feel stuck.
  3. The key to winning – to becoming a champion – is learning how to tap into perseverance, which is the single most important aspect of being a champion. Think about it. What makes an Olympian so successful? What makes someone great? One thing: their ability to access perseverance. Each of us has an unlimited access to perseverance. Unlimited. The problem is that we don’t know how to access it. Champions have learned how to access perseverance. At Share On Purpose, we teach people how to access perseverance.
  4. Along these lines we also teach our associates a mantra: Find A Way. There’s always a way to get from where you are, to where you want to be. Always. Finding a way means that you have to dig deep, learn more, try harder. Find a way. It’s the only way to be great.
  5. Lastly, we teach them how to shift their focus off of trying to “being good enough” and over to “being themselves” or better yet, being the BEST version of themselves. That’s true confidence.

Share On Purpose IS a place of possibilities, where GREAT people do great things. Because we refuse to quit, and we make winning a passion.

Want more. Check out our open positions.

A Culture of Character

Building Culture Through Character

The culture at Share On Purpose is built on character and integrity, and every one of the employees and partners at Share represents those values, especially Sheila Taheri. A full-time engagement manager for Share’s Promote On Purpose and IGNITE On Purpose brands, Sheila evokes sincerity and honor with every action she takes — an understandable characteristic for someone with the middle name, Ameneh.

“Ameneh is Farsi and translates to trustworthy and sincere,” said Sheila. “Having that as my name has deeply influenced me as an individual. Everything molds who we are. I was given this name and it gave me direction. Being trustworthy and sincere is a big part of who I am, and that’s one of the great things about working at Share. Every one here is unique, but we all have that one same trait. We all have character. We’re all trying to do something meaningful for our clients and ourselves.”

Culture Builds Value

That shared value of honest representation is one of the main qualities that make Share an incredible place to work and a valuable partner to its clients. It’s that strong, positive culture that drives results and leads to employee and client satisfaction and profitability. It creates long-term value.

“Character shines through in everything we do at Share,” said Sheila. “When working with a client, it’s that true authenticity and deep caring that enables us to share. That’s why we have weekly meetings to say ‘this is what’s working and this is what isn’t working.’ We don’t try to hide what isn’t working. We actually talk about it at length so we can come up with adjustments, which means our clients usually learn a lot in the process, too. With each other, we do the same thing. If there’s an issue or if we have to have a difficult conversation, we don’t brush it under the rug. We come together, and we talk it through.”

CEO Terri Maxwell describes the company the same way, writing, “We [at Share] 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.”

Character Builds Relationships

This organizational focus on honesty encourages support and communication among colleagues, as well as between Share and its clients. As more and more employees work from home, that sense of community is more important than ever.

“Even though we are primarily remote and don’t see each other every day, the relationship between us means that we immediately feel a connection the minute we see each other,” explained Sheila. “It goes back to character being a window. It gives you a view into another person’s soul, into who they truly are.

“Here at Share, everyone really cares about the success of everyone in the organization. Everyone takes the time to care about what is going on with everyone else, both in their personal lives and within Share. When we’re talking together, someone always asks, ‘How are you doing on that new project? Can I help in any way?’ And that’s even if they aren’t on the project. They’ll still take the time to help. That’s the character of everyone in the company — even the new hires. They don’t just talk like they care, they act like they care. Having a company packed with individuals like that builds this amazing culture and an amazing company that has meaning and purpose and is truly trying to do something great.”

Do you want to partner with a company that values character and integrity as much as you do? Check out our open positions.

Character is a Window

As we continue to explore the guiding principles Share On Purpose was founded on, January’s focus is perfect for 2018.

Our country and society have been encumbered with intense political and social strife. The best news about our present times is that deeply held truths have been unveiled and regardless how we feel about them, they are truths nonetheless.

That’s the funny thing about truth, it ALWAYS reveals itself over time.

Share On Purpose was founded at a time when I was seeking truth and alignment in every area of my life. I wanted my work to matter, and decided to risk everything to marry purpose with the pursuit of success.

The determination to align spiritual purpose with profitable business created a unique organization in which we serve THROUGH our work (purpose), and constantly work towards improving how we serve (which creates profits).

This higher level of service commitment is first to each other, and then to our clients. It is through this combination that we impact our community by using business as a force for good.

And it is also this worthy commitment to service that remains a constant reminder that character is a window, and we must walk the talk. All the time.

Every Share On Purpose brand started with a problem to solve.

  • Promote On Purpose uses authentic marketing techniques to revolutionize the way brands grow.
  • IGNITE On Purpose uses a Pay-for-Performance model to accelerate profitable growth of founder-led businesses.
  • Talent On Purpose uses the Four Forces of building a performance culture to transform companies into great places to work.
  •  Succeed On Purpose is a personal and professional platform that prepares individuals to Get Real, Be You and Have More.

Starting a business to specifically solve a problem means that service IS the foundation. We then train authentic leaders to run our brands, which is where this guiding principle comes in: character.

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 will conversely 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, and we must walk the talk.

Working at Share On Purpose means that our leaders will fail, yet will admit it. We 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.

We will appreciate your value frequently, yet communicate where you can improve. We will expect your best and accept your limitations. We will encourage you not to compare yourself to others, as we inspire you to become the best version of yourself. And we value the walk, more than the talk.

Ready for more? Come join us.

Together is More

Over the last few months, I’ve slowly introduced a few of Share’s Guiding Principles. Last month we discussed how to live in the AND while getting more out of life by combining work AND play.

For December, I want to introduce another way to get MORE out of your career. Too often we try to accomplish everything ourselves, and end up taking on more responsibility than is necessary.

As a serial entrepreneur as well as a leader of emerging leaders who are very entrepreneurial, breaking the habit of trying to “go it alone” is paramount. Leaders who do not master the art of collaboration are overworked, or have 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 started 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 as well as the ability to create a performance culture.

The guiding principle Together is More requires that the executive team model collaboration from the top down, as well as 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 performance culture is, in large part, dependent upon the effectiveness of the organization’s ability to collaborate. Establishing a culture that has a foundation of collaboration will have a significant impact on the organization’s effectiveness.

However, it requires a win-win mindset from every level of the organization. For example, the executives and middle management MUST believe:

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

HOW DO YOU BUILD COLLABORATION INTO YOUR CULTURE?

Collaboration requires authentic leadership, as well as a commitment to win-win relationships between employees and managers, and the company and its contractors.

Beyond the commitment to strive for the “win-win,” the basis of all performance cultures is what I call “authentic leadership.”  Although there are 5 tenets of authentic leadership, one is particularly important in building collaboration into the cultural fabric – Assume Positive Intent. Leaders who are authentic have not only mastered a win-win mindset, but usually do so through mastering the ability to “assume positive intent.”

If we assume positive intent, the mind will begin to expect only positive outcomes in relationships. If someone still gets upset, hurts you, or takes advantage of you, it usually has nothing to do with your actions.

To do this means to assume the other person/entity/group meant well, even if we don’t agree with their actions or ideas. We then in turn, look for positive intent. When you enter any interaction assuming positive intent from the other party, relationships will improve.

No one really sets out to purposefully hurt us. People are just wrestling with their own issues. So, if you assume positive intent, you’ll find that most people rise to the expectation, and when they don’t, know they are doing the best they can and their reaction has little to do with you.

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

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

Working For Yourself, Not By Yourself

“Priceless.” That’s how writer Sue Carrington describes her working relationship with Share On Purpose.

A full-time freelancer since 1999, Sue is a seasoned member of the gig economy. She embraces her role as a writer entrepreneur and loves the autonomy her freelance life provides. Working for herself, however, doesn’t have to mean working by herself — a mindset she said she shares with Share On Purpose.

“The writer’s life can be a solitary one,” said Sue. “It’s what we’re called to do, but sometimes we’re on the outside, looking in. Remote writers can feel even more apart. Share’s approach to working with contractors acknowledges that reality; the company bridges the divide somehow and makes every effort to create community for us.”

Creating a Community of Wordsmiths

Earlier this month, Sue took a 1,300-mile road trip to Texas from her home in northern Virginia (her Pomeranian, “Poet”, in tow) to meet her long-distance co-workers face-to-face for the first time since joining Share in May 2016.

“It was a little surreal,” she said about being in Las Colinas for the company’s Thanksgiving party. “Umpteen emails and conference calls carved initial impressions, but talking with virtual colleagues face-to-face truly filled in the picture — in the best of ways!”

Sue’s perception of Share as a supportive community, which was in part why she joined the company, only grew stronger while she was in Texas.

“During the Writer’s Cadre, held after our Thanksgiving party, Share President and CEO Terri Maxwell sat down with the writers to say how much she and the Share team appreciate us. Her words confirmed for me that Share truly understands the writer’s way and values us both as subject matter experts and as writing entrepreneurs. That’s unique.”

Collaborating as a Team for Individual Success

The writers at Share are long-time professionals. Most have their own writing and editing businesses in addition to their work with Share and its partner companies. This helps create a synergistic team environment that, in Sue’s perspective, delivers benefits to each writer.

“Share is a place that enables us as writers to help grow each other’s businesses,” said Sue. “The collaborative community encourages freely exchanging ideas, developing relationships, and growing our individual networks. Over time, we’ve gotten to know and rely on each other. So whenever we get ‘too much’ work, we can ask for help from another Share writer, knowing the work and the client will be in good hands. For solo writers, that kind of alliance is a blessing.

“Our competitive advantage as freelancers is that we’re always available to serve our clients. Often, that means working wee morning hours or late nights and weekends,” Sue added. “But we do have choices. The key to work/life balance is empowering ourselves to make those choices wisely, and Share helps us in doing that.

“It’s never this or that; the ‘and’ is everywhere. The entire culture is about purposeful integration of work and life — and appreciating each other’s individual working styles. That kind of understanding leads to a better work product, a stronger collective, and happier clients. Who could ask for more?”

If these principles sound like a culture that you value and would fit into your life, check our open positions.

Work AND Play

Many adults grew up to believe we should operate from OR thinking. I can have cake OR ice cream. I can do what I love, OR chase financial success.

At Share On Purpose we believe in AND. We believe you can do what you love AND accelerate career success. We also believe that you can BOTH work AND play.

How you ask? By focusing on 3 key components:

  • Do what you love: Your passions are there for a reason. Although it’s unrealistic to think you will do what you love every day, it’s NOT improbable to think that the majority of your career should be enjoyable. If you don’t love what you do most of the time, rethink your career. Work with your manager or a coach to define what it is that you do enjoy. You can do what you love, if you first believe that you can. Once you have the belief, simply take steps to align your career goals with what you enjoy doing.

At Share On Purpose, not only do we believe in this philosophy, but we work hard to align our associates’ careers with their passions. It’s not always easy, and it does take a concerted effort, but it’s a critical part of our guiding principles and culture.

  • Love what you do: Once your career has migrated to doing more of what you love, it’s now your responsibility to love what you do. Find ways to make work fun. Bring a game-mindset to work. Invent fun ways to challenge yourself and your team. Remind yourself that joy should be part of your daily life, rather than something you seek only on the weekends.

We get stuck in our careers, because we chose to be stuck. We always have control over our perspective and the resulting attitudes and beliefs we carry. Work on your perspective. By looking for ways to make work fun, you will be focused on the fun, rather than the work, and this will enhance success. Another great way to change your perspective is to start every day by making a list of what you are grateful for. Find people in your life that you appreciate and take time to tell them what it is specifically, that you appreciate about them. A simple text of appreciation can make a big difference in both your lives. Tips for an appreciative mindset here.

  • Find balance: The last component of work AND play is balance. There are numerous studies that prove that work/life balance is not only a worthwhile goal, but actually improves performance. Balance is about taking the time to spend moments with the people who are important to you, and to partake in activities and hobbies that you enjoy. For a fulfilled life, we should work to live, rather than live to work.

What I’ve learned about driven people is that they struggle with balance, not necessarily because of their employer’s culture, but because of their own high standards and drive. I used to be one of those people. My personal standards were so high, that I would work myself into the ground. Needless to say, this type of obsession didn’t make me a fun leader to work for, nor an enjoyable person to be around. I knew that for life to be different, I had to change my approach. I had to change my perspective about balance and build it into our culture.

At Share On Purpose we have a driven culture, but also value work/life balance. As a result, we incorporated several strategies to support our driven leaders.

  • We start meetings late (after 9:30AM) on Mondays and stop work in the early afternoon (around 3PM) on Fridays. This allows our team members to ease into the weekend on Fridays, and ease out of the weekend on Mondays. It also makes the weekends feel longer.
  • We also encourage every team member to take a 4 or 5-day weekends every quarter to recharge their “batteries.” It doesn’t mean that you have to go away during that time, but simply “unplugging” is essential.
  • In addition to standard vacation time, we also reward employees’ tenure and incentivize balance with bonus time-off every few years. For example, at 3 years of tenure, employees are given an extra 2 weeks off, plus $250 to spend on a vacation. At 5 years of tenure, employees are given an extra 4 weeks off, plus $250 to spend on a vacation.

So, if you don’t love what you do, and if you want MORE out of life, maybe try to learn how to look for the AND, rather than the OR in your career.

And, if these principles sound like a culture that you would find meaningful, check out our open positions. We do have very high standards, but quite frankly, that is part of what makes it fun!