26 episodes

We’ve heard it time and time again, this idea of purpose being at the heart of our lives, but have you stopped to look at what ‘living on purpose’ actually means for you?

The world is an increasingly noisy place, at home, at work and pretty much everywhere you go. How do you distil it all and make sure you’re not filling time with busy activities which may not actually matter?

How do you work, or run a business, or live your life and not get to the end of your day, or year or worse your life and say what was that all about?

In the words of Mark Twain, “Two of the most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”.

Get on Purpose is the podcast where we fuse what matters most in your life, and business, to create your blueprint and framework to get clear, get moving and get results. Each week your host, the informed and infectious Karen James, guides you towards what matters most as the key to living on purpose in business and in life.

Get On Purpose with Karen James Karen James

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We’ve heard it time and time again, this idea of purpose being at the heart of our lives, but have you stopped to look at what ‘living on purpose’ actually means for you?

The world is an increasingly noisy place, at home, at work and pretty much everywhere you go. How do you distil it all and make sure you’re not filling time with busy activities which may not actually matter?

How do you work, or run a business, or live your life and not get to the end of your day, or year or worse your life and say what was that all about?

In the words of Mark Twain, “Two of the most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why”.

Get on Purpose is the podcast where we fuse what matters most in your life, and business, to create your blueprint and framework to get clear, get moving and get results. Each week your host, the informed and infectious Karen James, guides you towards what matters most as the key to living on purpose in business and in life.

    Episode 25 - Social Business Day, India Forum Wrap

    Episode 25 - Social Business Day, India Forum Wrap

    In this episode, we are in conversation with Katrina Dunn, CEO of Grameen Australia, and Giles Gunesekera, CEO of Global Impact Initiative. We are carrying on with our central thesis of the intersection of the sense of purpose letter and this new thinking of being an authentic leader in connecting your head and heart and what it looks like in their businesses.

    In this episode:
    Katrina’s thoughts on the existential crisis of corporates all over the world and the tension between what the role of the company is and the tension between shareholder and customer primacy.
    Giles’ discussion on the services and vision of Global Impact Initiative and the “bottom-up push”.
    The Women and Girls Fund - what it is and how it works.

     

    Today’s Get on Purpose Action (GOPA):
    Think about how you can solve a social problem using some of your business skills and being able to take that to market in a sustainable way.
    Have a look at superannuation accounts and look at where that money is invested and see if it is in line with their values and purpose and if not, talk to your superannuation fund about your investing options.

     

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Linked In - Katt Dunn

    Website - Grameen Australia

    Linked In - Giles Gunesekera

    Website - Global Impact Initiative

     

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    • 12 min
    Episode 24 - Conscious Leaders Conference

    Episode 24 - Conscious Leaders Conference

    In this episode, we discuss the conscious leader and the kind of character needed to lead a conscious company.

    In this episode:
    Learnings from the Conscious Company Leaders Forum.
    Redwoods and how it can be likened to leaders.
    What is a conscious leader?
    Candour in the world of leadership.
    Important questions asked in the forum and how it leads back to the character of the conscious leader.
    Key difference of a conscious leader.
    The importance of vision, time and action.

     

    Today’s Get on Purpose Action (GOPA):
    What reactions do you need to replace with decisions on how you live your life?
    What practices are you going to implement in your daily routine to be a conscious leader?
    Who are you going to hang out with to make sure you’re accountable, to uphold and lift you up to be a conscious leader?

     

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Conscious Company Media

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    • 9 min
    Episode 23 - Seeding Social Intrepreneurship

    Episode 23 - Seeding Social Intrepreneurship

    In this episode, we discuss why leaders need to create and encourage a garden that seeds social intrepreneurship within their organisations and the long-lasting impact and benefits it can deliver.

    In this episode:
    Getting started in social intrepreneurship – see where the need is your community.
    The importance of cultivating a garden that welcomes and encourages social intrepreneurship within your organisation.
    Creating a point of difference and higher employee engagement by creating a garden within your organisation to cultivate social intrepreneurship.
    The importance of leaders to speak the language that welcomes social intrepreneurship.
    The need to go way beyond the transaction and your job.
    The long-lasting impact of building capabilities with your employees.
     

    Today’s Get on Purpose Action (GOPA):
    What are you seeding to grow social intrepreneurship?

     

    Links mentioned in this episode:

    Cultivating the Social Intrapreneur

    5 Stages in the Design Thinking Process Course

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    • 13 min
    Episode 22 - Say It Pay It

    Episode 22 - Say It Pay It

    In this Episode, we look further into Larry Fink's A Sense of Purpose open letter to CEOs letter where he discusses the intersection between purpose and strategy and the link between the two of them.  

    Today we look at two things that everyone can do to bring their strategic vision to life - Say It and Pay It.

    In this episode:
    Understanding that what we say matters and it can make it different.
    Is your sense of purpose coming out in what you speak?
    The importance of speaking a language between your heart, head, and gut.
    The importance of ensuring compensation for your people, executives and board members are inline with your goal of long-term strategic growth

    Today’s Get on Purpose Action (GOPA):
    Say It - review what you are saying - What did you say today that you wished you hadn't? Is in inclusive or exclusive?
    Pay It – review how you are paying people

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    • 10 min
    Episode 21 - Purpose Without a Strategy?

    Episode 21 - Purpose Without a Strategy?

    In this Episode, we look further into Larry Fink's A Sense of Purpose open letter to CEOs letter where he discusses the intersection between purpose and strategy and the link between the two of them.  

    He also discusses the need for your company's strategic framework to look at global trends such as slow wage growth, raising automation and climate change and how they are going to affect your potential for growth long-term.

    In this episode:
    Why purpose without strategy is like a jar of jelly beans.
    The danger of noise in the long-term success of your company.
    The importance of having Diversity of Thought within your leadership.
    How you compensate people’s needs to be linked to your strategy and purpose.
    The need for a long-term value framework, which is always evolving and the need for depth and controls behind it to ensure it is being executed.
    The need for leaders in your organisation to connect with their heart, head, and gut.


    Today’s Get on Purpose Action (GOPA):

    Review your Strategic Framework – is it in alignment with your purpose and vision?


    Links mentioned in the show:

    Educating Girls

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    • 12 min
    Episode 20 - Business on Purpose

    Episode 20 - Business on Purpose

    In Season 1 we talked about you and creating your blueprint, Season 2 was with conversations with people who are living their purpose and with this new third Season, we will explain closely the intersection of three areas - capital markets, global needs and human behaviours and how they all work together.

    In Season 3 I will talk about three people I follow closely Blackrock's CEO Larry Fink, Marvin Oka and Professor Muhammd Yunus.  

    In Larry's 2018 open letter to CEO A Sense of Purpose he talks about why all corporations need a long-term growth strategy of stakeholder engagement on a global platform and the need to move away from short-term pressures.

    "Without a sense of purpose, no company, either public or private, can achieve its full potential. It will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders. It will succumb to short-term pressures to distribute earnings, and, in the process, sacrifice investments in employee development, innovation, and capital expenditures that are necessary for long-term growth. It will remain exposed to activist campaigns that articulate a clearer goal, even if that goal serves only the shortest and narrowest of objectives. And ultimately, that company will provide subpar returns to the investors who depend on it to finance their retirement, home purchases, or higher education."
    Larry Fink

     

    Today's GOPA – Read Larry's 2018 and 2017 open letter to CEOs A Sense of Purpose

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    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

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12 Ratings

12 Ratings

Lyndalh ,

Love this podcast

I really enjoy listen to Karen's solo episodes and her guest interviews where she shares so much knowledge that is great for both personal and professional aspects.

Liv_R_ ,

Best podcast I've listened to in forever!

Everyone is chasing this elusive idea of purpose. Karen James nails it in this podcast. 12 min episodes are perfect for me - too often I have to dip in and out of podcasts, but with this one I can fit in an episode on the way to work - perfect!

AnoukKS ,

Amazing for personal and business growth

Apart from that you could listen to Karen all day (a radio voice!) every single podcast has given me an 'aha' moment about some aspect of my life or work. The book is incredible (On Purpose) and the podcast is just as crucial in setting us all on the right path in life. Thanks Karen for fulfilling your purpose so we can too.

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