The end of March marks the final round of the initial team meetings for 2018.
What is apparent from feedback and conversations is that the teams are humming on the whole. What does this mean to me? Teams are pushing boundaries and each other to be the best versions of themselves. Well done to everyone who has enabled these outcomes.
The most common theme for March that I received was this: Honesty was the highlight. Honesty! Wow think what that enables? What can come from honesty? New information and insights if you're brave enough. Love it!
Last week, along with half a dozen other CQ members, I had the chance to attend the ‘Better by Design’ CEO Summit in Auckland. We had speakers from around the globe from companies like Facebook, Airbnb, Uber and NZ icons such as Allbirds, and Icebreaker. All good stuff around customer focused philosophies, and lots of big metrics being bandied around which was impressive. However, there was only one standing ovation in the two days, and that was for the smallest company of all.
When Lisa King got up to introduce Eat My Lunch, she had confessed to me prior to be a little daunted after listening to these powerhouses speak. But what the audience received was a look into what business can bring to solving some of the social inequalities that exist today, and make a profit. Social Enterprise is an exceptionally powerful model. Lisa has designed a company that not only feeds hungry kids at school, and some families at night, but has engaged volunteers to help make lunches from 6.30am each morning. Her CQ team were enrolled with this job just yesterday.
My belief is that Social Enterprise will become mainstream in all businesses and that charities will die away as they are replaced with more sustainable models. In the interim, companies have the chance to develop their own individual social purpose with the help from Tomorrow Inc. These guys are passionate about helping any company to develop their unique social purpose and are running a workshop on Purposeful Growth and have offered a VIP discount for CQ Members.
Have a safe and fun Easter break with friends and family.