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John Baldoni, author and leadership consultant, believes that “when organizations succeed, it is because they know what they do and why they do it. We say they have ‘purpose.’” In Lead with Purpose, Baldoni lays out a plan for companies whose goals may have become lost in cultures of bureaucracy, lack of creativity, and icy relations among managers and employees. Purpose is an organization’s big picture. All tasks performed by an organization and its employees should focus on a common purpose, whether it is to become the market leader in manufacturing a particular product of delivering health care that makes people well while treating them with dignity and respect.

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The key to high performance in the workplace goes beyond traditional “hard skills” — passion is an essential element of productivity. Employees who are able to identify a “passion and purpose” in their lives experience heightened engagement and innovation, and they feel connected to their work in exciting new ways. Organizations that cultivate this sense of engagement can gain a valuable edge in today’s competitive marketplace.

In The Purpose Linked Organization, leadership development experts Alaina Love and Marc Cugnon explain the powerful role passion and purpose play in the workplace and explain how leveraging them effectively can enhance organizational performance. Using the ten “Passion Profile Archetypes,” the authors show readers how they can hone the temperaments necessary for high performance and channel them in a positive direction.

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Google has recently decided to relocate its China operations to Hong Kong and has since rerouted online traffic from its censored Chinese language portal (www.google.cn) to an uncensored Hong Kong site. This move has angered the Chinese government and many of its citizens, but has also been hailed by many Chinese as a positive step toward ending online censorship in the country.

Technology has connected the world in a way never seen before in history. Businesses today have to be more aware of global cultures and economies and how to carry out business across borders. While it is extremely important to understand and respect cultural differences between global business professionals, Google’s current situation also brings up the question of values.

Google’s core tenant is “Do no evil.” The company recently decided that continuing to censor its search results in accordance with Chinese government guidelines did not adhere to this tenant. When conducting business globally, its imperative not to lose sight of the company’s core values. News stories surface all the time about companies moving operations to foreign countries because of more lax labor or environmental laws.

Businesses cannot afford to have integrity in their native country alone. When technology has connected the world to such a large extent, it is important for companies and their leaders to adhere to one set of values that will follow them all over the globe.

Whether or not Google’s actions in China were good or bad, they made the right decision by adhering to their values, and I give them credit for that.

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