What’s your Cause?

I have a cause. Do you?

My cause is to make the next generation of leaders better than the present one.

What do you think? If you don’t have one, why don’t you? Here is why I love my leadership cause:

  1. The cause is worth fighting for, not only for me, but probably also for you and for many other people. Imagine what the world would look like if we had better leaders: More happiness, more wealth, more dialogue, more understanding and less pollution, less conflict, less stress and less waste. WOW! Can you imagine any better cause?
  2. The cause is realistic, because there are organizations such as Scouting and Guiding which today involve more than 50 Million young people in leadership training. One in three leaders today have already had an average of three years of leadership training through Scouting and Guiding. And we can easily reach more than one half of all leaders in the world.
  3. Everyone can join. Would you think a lot of people would join if my cause was to make money for myself and my family? Absolutely not. They would need to be paid a salary to join. The good thing about my cause is that people join without being paid. They are as passionate as I am.

My cause guides my worklife and much of my other activities including this weblog.

What’s your cause? To make money for yourself and for your family? To become powerful and famous?

I think these two are bad causes because they are only about you. A good cause should be about what you can do for other people. It is about your impact – the difference you want to make.

Everybody can make a difference to other people, small scale or large scale: You can make your community, your company, your country or the world cleaner, happier, more fun, safer or richer. You can develop a skill, a profession, a concept or something else and share it with others. You can fight injustice, discrimination, poverty, pollution or waste.

So in my view, people with no cause waste their lives.

My cause, next generation leadership, gives me tremendous joy. I am never bored: jusk think about how many examples there are of bad management which can be improved. I always have something to ask about and to talk about. Who is the best leader you have ever met? And the worst? Why? I learn every day because I am focused, because I reflect and because I try to apply what I learn.

Be courageous: Share your cause with me and about 20.000 others who read this blog every month. Write a comment below.

5 kommentarer til “What’s your Cause?”

  1. Lars Kolind

    My brother, Peder Kolind, has a great cause: to help young people in Nicaragua realise their full potential. One day, one of his students will become the president of Nicaragua. Wanna know how: Visit http://www.caritafeliz.org/

  2. Lars Kolind

    Povl Nielsen, CEO of KeepFocus A/S, also has a great cause: To stop the waste of electricity and water. Here is his company: http://www.keepfocus.dk (in Danish).

  3. Lars Kolind

    Two other examples:
    Rune Mai, CEO of Spiir ApS wants to give bank customers financial freedom. http://www.spiir.dk (in Danish)
    Laila and Anders Køi who run a company called 21-5 A/S, are passionate about giving ordinary people access to high quality holiday homes with no hassle attached. http://www.21-5.dk (in Danish)
    Let me hear your comments.

  4. Jan Thaarup Sjøstrand

    To develop people, and especially leaders, to act more resourceful in so many different contexts as possible, in order to perform management through effective leadership.

  5. Nikolaj Blinkenberg Willadsen

    With the rise of digital communications most great companies have gotten a huge opportunity which most of them waste every day.
    The core of digital communications is, that the customers have gotten the opportunity to communicate directly with the dispatcher of some given product or service. The digital channels provide the possibility communicate RELEVANT, build a RELATION, provide mutual REWARD by exchanging product with knowledge and information, building RETENTION with the possibility of RE-PURCHASE.
    All it takes is to communicate symmetrically from an outside-in perspective.
    >65% of all digital communications are potentially user driven. More than 80% of all traffic origins from a search engine, and more than 85% are from organic links.
    In most companies marketing have taken over with the focus of the traditional four P’s (Price, Product, Place, Promotion), focusing on leads and profit. With a shift in paradigm – or perspective if you want – they could make a much better ling term profit. All it takes is to communicate relevant. Deliver sales when sales are the demand, deliver services when Services are in demand and they would se a huge raise in customer satisfaction, and a large decrease in marketing expenses.
    It’s a matter of rethinking marketing merging virtues of communications, product development and marketing, and especially a matter of rethinking the cause, which should be a naturally incorporated part of the company’s DNA

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