Wisdom Simplifies

Most know me as CEO of Succeed On Purpose and the Share On Purpose Portfolio of Companies, but did you know I started my career as a middle school teacher?

How does someone go from middle school teacher, to business executive, to serial entrepreneur? My secret (and one of our guiding principles) is: Wisdom Simplifies.

Wisdom Simplifies means rather than believing you have to know everything and do it all yourself, you instead look for mentors and resources quickly.

For example, when I wanted to transition out of teaching and into my first entry-level consulting role in educational software, I had NO computer experience and no experience teaching adults. So, I immediately took classes and looked for a mentor to show me the way.

When I was promoted from consultant to Director of Training, I sought courses and mentors who could show me how to design a training curriculum for our company.

When our Vice President said I had a natural gift for marketing (who knew?!) and wanted to promote me to Director of Training & Marketing, I not only sought mentorship but also joined the Business Marketing Association to sharpen my skills and learn the ropes.

The truth is my professional success can in large part be attributed to my willingness to search for training, resources, and mentorship frequently and often.

In every step of my career, I did not know how to do what was expected of me, but I built a reputation for “finding a way” and being willing to “do whatever it takes” which almost always included being mentored and seeking training.

When we founded what is now Share On Purpose, Inc., I was passionate about leveraging my wealth of entrepreneurial experience and my purpose (to inspire potential). As we shaped our strategy and refined our business model, our Guiding Principles began to take shape.

I knew that Wisdom Simplifies would be a practical and powerful principle for our team to embrace. Since we create companies that are unique, different and game-changing, it’s not like we can hire someone off the street who already knows what to do because it’s never been done before.

Not only are we okay with that, but we frequently hire staff members who are willing to try new things, and willing to do the work to learn what they do not know. Our CFO had a 25-year career in Commercial Property Management. Our Talent Director began her career in marketing. Most of the associates who work for us are doing things they’ve never done before.

As associates learn more about their passions, we work with them to find roles they can grow into that more closely align with those passions. At the same time, the expectation is they will “master their craft” by seeking mentors, training, and resources to help them learn what they need to know.

Career transitions do not need to be hard, but you will have to muster the courage to face the fear of not knowing what you need to know, and gain the confidence that you can figure it out over time.

We pride ourselves on being that kind of company. At Share On Purpose, we offer a significant amount of training, but we believe Wisdom Simplifies is more than that. It’s the wisdom that employees gain after the training – how it is assimilated and how it is applied.

The definition of wisdom is: “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.”

We prefer wisdom for this principle because we consider wisdom to be “knowledge in action” and a state of becoming smarter, wiser and more prepared on the journey.

So, if you’re looking for a place that not only values training and development, but invests in team members’ wisdom, consider Share On Purpose, Inc. If you’re looking for a place where you can try new things and follow your passion. Check out our open positions.

Be You: Finding Your Authentic Brand

Answer truthfully – do you enjoy the work you do? Have you ever wondered if you’re stuck in the wrong professional role? Finding the job you are meant to do is much easier said than done. Many individuals choose to simply go with the flow and don’t ever attempt to pursue a career with purpose. At Share On Purpose, we believe every person should do work they are passionate about and is in alignment with their purpose.

To make the shift to meaningful work, alter your perspective and begin looking at your journey as more than a job search. The truth of the matter is, when searching for a career that will compliment your life’s purpose; you must market yourself as more than the experience on your resume. You must show the authentic YOU as the product, and as an entire brand. The work you do every day should complement who you are.

By strategically positioning yourself in the job marketplace, you can have both meaning AND success. It is no longer a choice between one or the other.

In four steps, you can transform your job search into a campaign to launch your personal brand that will help you achieve a career that’s meaningful to you.

Step 1: Figure out what’s great about your product

One of the first things product marketers do is determine the value proposition of the product. If you are the “product”, how would you define yourself? First, you must know your purpose and understand your career persona.

Your purpose is that deep, visceral quality that sets you apart.

Your career persona aligns your natural way of operating with the type of work that suits you.

Determine what makes YOU powerful and unique in a way that matters most to your target market. That’s your value proposition.

Step 2: Define your target market

Never force a fit. Your target market shouldn’t be based on companies that have job openings. It should only include companies that will value the unique aspects and power of your product – YOU.

Step 3: Get noticed – authentically 

The goal is to raise awareness and position yourself as someone a company wants to hire for the job YOU want and will excel at. Marketing yourself to a company is significantly more effective than simply applying for jobs, which averages a dismal 1 in 1,000 success rate. Get noticed by:

  • Frequent networking meetings that are attended by people who work in your field of choice. Meet even more people by volunteering for organizations that you support. Also, schedule one-on-ones with people who might refer you to a potential employer and those who you can help in return.
  • Raising your visibility online. If you’re passionate about a topic, start a blog or regularly share content you’ve written on LinkedIn. Start and engage in conversations on LinkedIn and other digital channels with people who can connect you with influencers at organizations that interest you.
  • Building authentic relationships. People help people they trust and who give back in return. You have a long life ahead of you. So, don’t market yourself to gain short-term results – getting a job. Instead, dedicate yourself to building strong relationships that will be mutually beneficial for years to come.

Step 4: Interview in a manner that accentuates your strengths

We suggest you focus on your value early in the conversation to set yourself apart. Do this in an authentic way by highlighting the unique qualities that make you who you are, while focusing on how you will add value to the company.

Discover Your Purposeful Career

At Share On Purpose, we are committed to aligning each of our employees with roles that fit their purpose and passion. Finding a role that fulfills you is the only way to remain authentic in your career.

No more forced smiles or feigned enthusiasm. Join a team that wants you for your personal strengths and aspirations. View our available positions here.

Abundance: Building the Life You Want

Want to create more in your life? More success, more money, more joy and more meaning?

Share On Purpose hires great people who do great things, and proudly teaches them how to create more in their lives.

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

To be wealthy means that 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. Webster defines abundance as “generating an ample quantity.” The key word being ample, which means generously sufficient.

I think of abundance as the process of both creating and receiving more.

Becoming abundant means you are receiving what you want in great supply, versus a fixed state of wealth where you already have it.

Said another way, abundance is the PROCESS of more; It’s the energy of attraction.

Tapping into the energy of abundance allows us to create more joy and more meaning, not just more money. We are flowing with the powerful energy of abundance, rather than trying to force an end state of wealth.

We must also step into our divinity and our ability to CREATE more. Not just more money, but more everything. More success, more joy, and more meaning.

Sounds great, right? There’s a catch.

Two Things to Give Up:

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.

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,

1) Meaning versus Money:

I learned in order to create an abundant life I have to give up the quest for money, and instead seek meaning. By focusing on what matters and what I am passionate about, money will flow easily.

When I look for meaningful work it means I enjoy the work, 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, others, and outcomes.

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

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.

More

Do you feel like you are destined for more? More success, more money, and more opportunity?

Do you feel as if there are gifts inside of you, but none of the executives you work for can see it, or worse yet, even care?

Do you just want your “shot”? Your shot at an opportunity, your shot at becoming an executive, your shot at seeing how far you can go?

I felt the same way. When I first left the classroom (yes, I started my career as a middle school teacher) and joined an educational software company at 25 years old, that feeling of wanting and being MORE came alive. I could feel potential radiating from my pores and I thrived in taking additional responsibilities to learn and grow.

I was lucky. A few of our executives (Burl, Alison, Gregg, and Sybil) saw my potential too, and purposefully mentored me through my career. I started as an educational consultant, then became a manager, then a director of training, then head of marketing, and eventually moved into sales.

Every step of the way I was coached, encouraged and challenged. Since that time, and for almost 30 years, I’ve studied human potential, and consumed nearly every book available on success, performance and achievement. I’ve also researched leadership and hired dozens of coaches, all with one intent: to become the best executive I can possibly be.

Not everyone is lucky enough to receive personal mentoring from phenomenal executives early in their career. And that’s something I’d like to challenge. I believe every company should provide their ambitious and high-achieving employees access to executive mentors.

When we built what is now Share On Purpose it wasn’t so I could run companies. I’ve already done that, many times over.

We started it to TEACH, COACH and MENTOR smart, driven leaders who want to become executives, and learn how to run a company for us. And we do this while we are creating brands that make the world better.

We match emerging leaders in our company with our game-changing ideas. Taking into account their passion and purpose, we move them through an executive development program so they can learn how to accelerate their performance and maximize their potential.

If you’re like me, you’d think everyone would want an opportunity like this. But, what I’ve learned is this:

– Many people have potential but never maximize it.

– Many aren’t clear on what they want, so they settle for what they have.

– Some don’t take responsibility for their own success and instead choose to blame rather than co-create.

– Some simply don’t listen to the intuitive part of themselves that craves more and wants to break through fear.

My advice:

  1. Decide what you want.
  2. Plan what you’ll do to create it.
  3. Act on your desire and don’t give up until you’ve maximized your potential and created your own opportunity for success.

If you know you’re destined for more and think Share On Purpose might be for you, check out our available positions.

Performance and Personal Brand: Making the Connection

Everyone has a set of philosophies that determine how they view life, relate to others and show up to pursue success and personal fulfillment. Share On Purpose CEO, Terri Maxwell, defines this as a personal brand standard. Many people may not be aware of this on a conscious level but for Pam Abrahamsson, PR Executive at Promote On Purpose, it’s as clear as day.

“For me, it’s service first. I’m fortunate to do the work I do and help other people succeed. A key part of my brand is using the knowledge I’ve gained along the way to ensure success for other people’s dreams and ideas. That’s my mantra; service first.”

A true professional, Pam sees the needs of her clients as a driving force to enable her to tap into her passion to win. It also helps her prepare adequately for success and persevere through whatever obstacles may stand in the way of getting results. She recalls a pivotal moment in her career when she learned this vital lesson that still influences her work today.

Developing the Passion to Win

“I had an early aha moment that helped me crystallize these ideas,” said Pam. “It was my first agency job, and I had a client who had a problem. I had no idea what to do, so I threw my hands up in the air, ran to my manager and said: “What do we do?”  She turned to me and simply asked, “What would you do?”

According to Pam, this simple exchange was crucial in developing her problem-solving skills that ultimately drives her performance at work to this day. With a strong passion for winning, she now sees problems—no matter how thorny—as an opportunity for big wins and improved team performance. “It made me realize that I’m responsible for the solution, for handling what comes across my desk and also for my team’s wellbeing. It’s what I love about being at Share On Purpose today because everyone is committed to performance. I love that this company is built on the fact that everyone has a role to play and performance can’t happen unless everyone shows up and handles their role with excellence.”

She believes that having what she calls a 360-degree mindset is crucial for ensuring performance across the board. “Everyone has a specific role that’s part of a larger effort and knowing how you fit into the bigger picture will help you determine how to perform your role better to elevate the team’s results.”

Ethics and Integrity

Stories are at the heart of Pam’s field of Public Relations and knowing the power of perspective to shift mindsets and influence decisions, she is committed to upholding the ethics of both her profession and her personal standard of excellence. This goes straight to the heart of character as a driving force for performance.

“I need to be ethical in how I tell stories and ensure that my clients and team members are part of that journey. And that’s a part of my personal brand promise—to work with integrity and deliver results in a way that honors my character as a person. I always believe you should look in the mirror. If at the end of the day I can look in the mirror and say that I have given my team, my clients, and my personal ethics my best effort, then I’m going to be just fine.”

Share On Purpose IS a place of possibilities, where GREAT people do great things. Our portfolio of companies thrives due to each employee’s personal commitment to performance.

Do you want to work with a company that values your contributions and encourages you to give your best at work? Check out our available positions.

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.

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.