My Strength is My Story with Nick Craig, Leading From Purpose: Clarity And The Confidence To Act When It Matters Most.
Nick Craig breaks down the clarity and the confidence to act when it matters most in his new book, Leading From Purpose.
Nick Craig: A husband to Jeanne of 2 years and the father to 3 girls and 1 boy!
Nick is the President of Core Leadership Institute, a global firm committed to inspiring people to discover their purpose and equipping them to lead authentically.
He collaborated with Professor Bill George at Harvard Business School which led them to co-authoring Finding Your True North, a Personal Guide which became the course book for the Harvard Business School MBA class Authentic Leadership Development (ALD).
Through Nick’s expertise in the area of leadership purpose, he has worked with corporate and academic organizations including Ben & Jerry’s, Heineken, ING Bank, LEGO, Unilever, and the United States Military Academy at West Point.
“Purpose is not a cause, a passion, an aspiration, or the sum of your values. Purpose is that unique gift that you bring to the world.” ~ Nick Craig
Enjoy the multitude of topics discussed including purpose, uncertainty, parenting, leadership, Jiffy Peanut Butter, and happiness. Be inspired to live out your purpose! And beware, Brené Brown has a caution for you.
- Work with Bill George
- Authentic leader
- Fortune 10 Company
- More or Less
- Hard right vs. Easy wrong
- Definition of purpose
- Unique gift
- What do you most miss?
- Leading from where?
- Everett Spain
- Boston Marathon
- Points to Ponder
- The Way It Is (William Stafford, 1993)
- HR-friendly purpose
- Curious little kid
- Divorce & single parenting
- If I had been living my purpose
- The hard work
- Solid ground
- Jiffy Peanut Butter
- Going in to go out
- Magical moments as a child
- Deep passions
- Challenging experiences
- Prerana Issar
- How to step back into the room?
- Lord of the Rings
- How do I access it?
- Living your purpose
- Brené Brown
“Purpose, I’ve discovered, is the only thing that we really have that doesn’t change.” ~ Nick Craig
Quotes and statements within the interview:
“It wasn’t the plan to be doing this.”
“But it was kind of a stepchild to all the other really exciting parts that we wanted to play with.”
“They go from being on top of the world to having no idea where the bottom is.”
“How do we make the choices that when we look back we knew it was the hard right choice?”
“Purpose is always pushing us to step into the bigger possibility of what it means to be who we are.”
“Purpose is that unique gift that each of us bring to our life in our world.”
“What do you most miss?”
“The beauty of this is, if you don’t know it, you can’t live it. And if you’re not living from it, you can’t lead from it.”
“Fo me, leading is really about — whatever you’re up to other people are with you and the consequences of the decisions you make impacts them, you’re leading.”
“What is the real story I need to hear about myself?”
“Purpose, at it’s core, is that moment of joy when all hell breaks loose and everybody else is screaming. And you’re like — You know what? This is actually cool!”
“Purpose is a devil in the sense that it will keep pushing you to step up into the place where you’re not living.”
“When you work on it in one part of your life, it impacts the other parts as well.”
“The beauty of purpose is that it doesn’t judge what we do as much as it calls us to bring our fullest gift to whatever it is.”
“Until you have fully a relationship with yourself and with your purpose, it’s unclear to me whether you fully have the relationship that you could have with everyone else.”
“Stepping into purpose is more important.”
“Purpose actually will have you delay momentary happiness for things that are of meaning and fulfillment.”
“One of the hardest things for all of us is how to apply our purpose to ourselves.”
What has your story gifted you?
- The thing that I’m here to bring fully to people.
“It has resulted in this work in being able to actually talk about this in a way that I would never have expected otherwise.”
“My life is about the possibility of who we can me.”
Resources mentioned in the episode:
- BOOK: Leading From Purpose
- Connect with Nick Craig
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/NickCraig1
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/purposefulleadership/
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