5 Reasons Purpose Matters to Leaders

“Until you figure out what success means to you personally and to your organisation, leadership is an almost pointless conversation” - Peter Drucker

Without purpose you cannot lead. Purpose is the only force that can shift our leadership focus from one that’s self-serving to one that serves others. Purpose is the force that enables leaders to take a stand for what they believe, despite overwhelming resistance. Consider powerful role purpose has played in the lives of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jnr. and many others. These leaders were powered by a purpose.

Purpose matters to leaders because of what it does for leaders. Let me explain.

1. Purpose Keeps Leaders Focused

“Until you figure out what success means to you personally and to your organisation, leadership is an almost pointless conversation” – Peter Drucker

When you’re clear about your purpose, you’re able to focus on what matters most. When purpose is clear you’re more deliberate about where you spend your time and energy.

Without purpose you’re tossed to and fro by changing circumstances. You drift from one emergency to another.

Purpose keeps you focused on what matters. As Henry David Thoreau wrote in a letter to a friend,

“It is not enough to be industrious; so are the ants. What are you industrious about?”

Purpose is the answer to this question. Knowing your purpose is the first step to developing industrious goals. Purpose is the leaders compass, keeping them headed in the right direction.

2. Purpose Gives Leaders Meaning

“It’s purpose that ignores your heart and stirs your passion. It’s the reason you get up in the morning.” – Viktor Frankl

Purpose matters because life is more than just about making money. Purpose helps you become connected to a bigger story, beyond money, fame and power. People want to make money, but more importantly people want to make a difference in the world. Purpose is how you do both.

It’s purpose that gives you the will to live and the reason to get up in the morning. A life of purpose is filled with meaning because you’re clear about the contribution you’re making to the world.

3. Purpose Gets Leaders Motivated

“Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” – Viktor Frankl

Leaders with purpose are motivated. Purpose is the most powerful source of motivation in humans. When leaders connect to a cause greater than themselves they become powerfully motivated.

Without passion, you don’t have energy, without energy, you have nothing. – Donald Trump

Purpose taps into our emotions and provides a higher level of commitment and inspiration, much more than any external motivators, such as money, fame and power.

The German philosopher Frederick Nietzsche said it best, “He who has a why can endure any how.” Purpose is your why. Purpose gives you courage to take risks, to step out your comfort zone and step into a new, challenging future.

4. Purpose Keeps Leaders Going

Purpose keeps you going when times are tough. Purpose is what gives your the courage to persist in the face of overwhelming obstacles. Purpose fuels your perseverance.

When leaders face challenges they’re able to connect to a purpose which give you the courage to get up and fight another day.

“What man actually needs is not some tension-less state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.” – Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

Purpose is what motivates leaders to solve some of lifes most challenging problems and to keeping going in spite for mounting failures and impossible odds. Purpose ignites a passion to persevere despite the difficulties.

5. Purpose Inspires Others

Leaders who live passionately on purpose inspire others. People are not motivated by the bottom line. Purpose is what taps into people’s deepest motivation. It’s purpose that inspires us to achieve great things over the long haul. Leaders know this and put purpose first.

The energy of a purpose driven and deeply committed person will attract other people – Joseph Jaworski

Leaders that place purpose at the centre of their leadership inspire others to do the same. Purpose creates powerful teams. Purposeful teams are inspired to work together towards outcomes they find meaningful.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Your Turn

Without purpose you cannot lead. You drift. You lack conviction. You lack motivation. You lack Passion and You lack courage. You lack meaning.

  • Is your purpose clear? Do you know why you’re leading?

There is an urgent need for more inspiring leadership. Could it be that we lack inspiring leaders because leaders lack purpose?

Copyright © George Ambler – George Ambler

4 Secrets Of Doing Business Like a Fighter Pilot

As a successful entrepreneur, I began to be frequently asked about my certain success in my many undertakings. It occurred to me that lots of people were not just interested about my business, however my time spent as a highly trained USAF single seat fighter pilot. I understood that i was a typical guy, however I also saw that lots of people like myself were stymied in their careers. As I was regularly training people in life and business, it was obvious to me that a major component to success in all undertakings was merely a belief in one’s abilities. I had been an instructor for the USAF and was frequently given students to train that were about to be “washed out” and I helped them see themselves as being successful. As soon as that happened, they began to really shine in their skills as a pilot which frequently pushed them to the head of their course. These skills were really easily transferred in other pursuits. This book details in really easy terms how to capture your success and use it now, to any venture.

Have you ever thought exactly what it might be like to believe and imitate a fighter pilot? This really easy and simple to read book utilizes the experiences of a USAF fighter pilot and applies them to entrepreneurial business.
The author was trained by the USAF as a single seat Fighter Pilot and followed up this career path with business ownership of 9 restaurants. He continues to both be involved in aviation as well as business formulation.
He was in the initial cadre of A10 pilots when the USAF took delivery and has been in the forefront of many undertakings continually, including being the director and president of an International Christian Charity, operating 24 bookshops as well as the owner of the “Fighter Pilot in the Kitchen” Amazon products. Additionally he has written 2 other books, “Fighter Pilot in the Kitchen, A Cook Book Every Man, and “Changes the Book”, A Remembrance of Sorts.
“G Suit and Helmet Not Required” is also available on Amazon in Spanish as well as the Kindle.

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Two Good Men Defend Faith and Family in Massachusetts

Today I want to share with you the story of a pair of winsome warriors, as told by Focus’ Citizen magazine.  It’s a story of Christ-centered love for country, of cross-generational partnership and of heeding God’s call.

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Change of Command

Kris Mineau’s love for America goes back as far as he can remember. Born in Berlin in 1941, he spent World War II living with his mother in a village near Munich. “My first memories were of American soldiers arriving,” Mineau tells Citizen. “All I knew was that these guys were happy. They would drive by in trucks and throw out candy and toys to kids. I thought, ‘Wow, these are great people.’ ”

His mother married one of those soldiers, and at age 7, Kris landed at LaGuardia Airport in New York, taking in sights he’d never imagined.

“My first statement to my mother was, ‘Why are the buildings standing? Why are they upright?’ ” he says. “To me, a city was just rubble. My mother said, ‘They did not have a war here.’ And I said to myself, ‘This must be a wonderful country.’ ”

That awestruck child would grow up to serve his adopted country as an Air Force fighter pilot; to endure the kind of bone-breaking calamity that few men survive; and, even more remarkably—after years of surgeries—to resume his fighter-pilot career before retiring as a colonel.

But the story doesn’t end there. Mineau found new venues for service. He went to seminary, pastored a church and later assumed leadership of the Massachusetts Family Institute (MFI), Focus on the Family’s public-policy partner in the Bay State.

And when he stepped down from MFI’s presidency earlier this year, he handed the reins to another military man—Marine Corps Maj. Andrew Beckwith—whose devotion to God and country matches his own.

An Answer to Prayer

Military service seemed only right to Mineau—a matter of duty. He went to the Air Force Academy and flew 100 combat missions over North Vietnam in F-4 Phantom fighters.

“I got through all that without a scratch,” he says. “I was convinced I was the world’s greatest fighter pilot.”

He was also convinced he could do without God. Until March 25, 1969. That’s the day when, during a routine training flight, his plane malfunctioned, nose-diving at supersonic speed—and his seat repeatedly failed to eject.

“I remember yelling, ‘Please. God,’ ” he says—“the God who I’d been thumbing my nose at, saying, ‘I don’t need you now, I’ll wait till I’m old and gray.’ ”

At that moment, the seat fired.

“Out I came at 750 miles an hour. Both arms and legs broke in multiple pieces before the parachute opened, and when I hit the ground they broke some more.”

But miraculously, he was alive: His chute somehow had opened in what was later determined to be half a second, a fraction of the three to four seconds the procedure usually takes. He spent four months in traction and six years in and out of hospitals, undergoing one surgery after another. His bones healed wrong and had to be rebroken. At one point, he was expected to lose a leg.

“I spent those years getting all my pieces put back together,” Mineau says. “The most important piece was an Air Force chaplain by my bedside—with me in solid plaster head to foot, at my lowest point—who shared the reality of Jesus Christ with me. It was the first time I was willing to listen.”

That’s when the healing began, in more ways than one.

Defying all medical expectations, Mineau returned to flying combat aircraft in 1975. He flew F-4 Phantoms and F-15 Eagles for another 10 years, retired as a colonel in 1992, and spent three years as a military consultant in Saudi Arabia.

Then he answered the call to the ministry, studying at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary before becoming an associate pastor at Trinity Evangelical Church in the Boston bedroom community of North Reading, Mass.—the town where he and his wife, Lura, had grown up. He’d come home and, as far as he knew, would serve the Lord at Trinity from that time forward.

A New Mission

Two Good Men 2Nov. 18, 2003, is a date burned in Mineau’s memory.

“That’s the day the Massachusetts Supreme Court decided to redefine marriage by a 4-3 vote,” he says. “It just hit me like a ton of bricks. As a pastor, I thought, ‘How far have we fallen as a culture?’ And we as people of faith had done so little to raise our voices in the public square. We’d been asleep at the wheel.”

That night, Mineau talked to the church elders. They put him in charge of working on the issue—building and mobilizing a network of churches to go to the Capitol, talk to legislators, hold rallies for marriage.

“He really threw himself into this,” Trinity Pastor George Ray tells Citizen. “He’s a tireless worker. I was an attorney before I was a pastor, and I’m used to high-energy people who are devoted to their careers. But Kris is devoted to the advancement of the kingdom of God.”

Mineau’s work caught the attention of Rob Bradley, chairman of MFI’s executive committee and the group’s founding chairman. MFI was looking for a new leader, and Mineau fit the bill.

“Kris is a marvelous combination of a warrior and a minister,” Bradley tells Citizen. “He’s someone who is courageous and strong and willing to take a stand. But he’s got a heart for the Gospel and for people. There’s not a mean-spirited bone in his body. Those characteristics were exactly what we needed.”

“They asked me come on board as the acting president,” Mineau says. “And that act lasted for 10 years.”

Mineau’s early years were largely focused on the marriage battle. He became a prominent media figure, known for making his case in a persuasive, likeable manner. He and his team built a broad network of 1,200 churches, almost evenly split between Catholic and Protestant. They gathered 170,000 signatures to put a marriage amendment on the ballot—the largest number ever collected in Massachusetts—in 60 days. They even won a legislative vote to do so at a state Constitutional Convention.

“We came very, very close to getting it on the ballot,” Mineau says. But in 2007, a new governor, Deval Patrick, took office, replacing Mitt Romney.

New leaders took their seats in the Legislature. All were intensely opposed to letting voters decide the definition of marriage, and lobbied vigorously to change votes—including a lot of horse-trading, Mineau says. The amendment never made it to the ballot.

“That was the lowest point of my presidency,” Mineau says. “But we had to press on. We’re about myriad issues—the sanctity of life, sexuality, education, gambling. As fighter pilots say, we’re in a target-rich environment.”

Over the years, MFI has blocked a lot of bad legislation in Massachusetts. But its biggest triumph to date was the defeat of a 2012 ballot initiative that would have legalized doctor-assisted suicide—which had a 2-1 lead in polls a few months before Election Day, but lost 51 to 49 percent.

A variety of factors turned the tide, but in the end, church mobilization was decisive.

“The tipping point was the black vote in Boston, where we have a very close relationship with the pastors,” Mineau says. “Without that vote, we would have lost, and assisted suicide would have become a reality.”

Despite the earlier marriage defeat, the battles the MFI team had been through strengthened them. Across the state, the network of churches they’d built gave them clout. And in their office, they’d added the man who would be Mineau’s successor.

The Next Generation

About the time Kris Mineau was getting involved in public policy in Massachusetts, Andrew Beckwith was doing the same—in college.

In 2003, Beckwith was attending law school at the University of Minnesota, where abortion activists were celebrating the 30th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Beckwith and a few friends decided to wear pro-life T-shirts in response.

“We thought we’d get a lot of negative feedback from fellow students, but the opposite was true,” Beckwith tells Citizen. “We had students come up to us thanking us for making that statement. That was an eye-opener for me: There are more people on the side of truth and life than we think based on the voices that dominate. But it takes a few individuals with the courage to speak up in order for others to join them.”

That lesson would serve Beckwith in good stead a few years later. But first he had obligations to fulfill to the U.S. Marines as a Judge Advocate General (JAG)—obligations he’d undertaken for much the same reasons Mineau had.

“I’d heard all the stories of my father and grandfathers and their time in the military, and saw it as an American rite of passage,” Beckwith says. “I’d always assumed I would do that some day.”

He was stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where his concerns for his home country grew stronger. “I was a prosecutor, getting the 3 a.m. phone calls,” he says. “A lot of those cases dealt with sex and sexual assaults. I was seeing a lot of sexual brokenness, especially among young people without as much of a moral base as previous generations.”

Those concerns didn’t abate after his time in the Marines. Beckwith returned to his native Massachusetts, working as an immigration attorney for the Department of Homeland Security in Boston.

“Having grown up here, it was very clear to me that this was not the same place I’d known,” Beckwith says. “I wanted to do something about it.”

One day, he shared those concerns with an old friend. That friend was Rob Bradley’s son-in-law— and that conversation led to Beckwith joining MFI’s board of directors.

“When I first came on the board, Kris and I started talking, and he asked, ‘What would you like to do long term? What would be your ideal job?’ ” he recalls. “And I said, ‘Pretty much what you’re doing’—not actually thinking that I’d be doing his job within three years. But Kris just said, ‘Hmmm.’ Apparently, he tucked that away for future reference.”

The near future.

Winsome Warriors

Mineau, then approaching 70, had been considering the road ahead.

“I knew we should begin thinking about a successor,” he tells Citizen. “Someone with the potential to stay with the organization for many years, not just someone looking to punch their ticket to Washington.”

After interviewing candidates outside MFI, it became clear to the board that they already had the man they were looking for.

“We couldn’t think of anybody with a better background for the job,” Bradley says. “We function in a very hostile environment. We needed someone who can be cheerful and tell the story nicely and persuasively, but also stay true to the Gospel, and Andrew is wonderful at doing that.”

In April 2012, Beckwith signed on as executive vice president, in training for the presidency. For two years he worked alongside Mineau, learning the ropes, until this February, when the colonel passed his command along to the major— even, half-jokingly, doing a change-of-command ceremony.

“Andrew’s got all the reins and I couldn’t be happier,” Mineau says. “He brings youth and vitality and tech savvy. He’s a gifted communicator who can reach the younger generation. And he’s got legal acumen and expertise. That’s a new dimension.”

Mineau, for his part, has stayed on as president emeritus, lending his experience and working on special projects. His successor welcomes the assistance—and the example.

“Kris has done a great job of being a winsome warrior,” Beckwith says. “He’s a calm, articulate advocate for family values. He’s a man of action; when an issue hits, he doesn’t hesitate. And he’s a man of prayer; he’ll pray whenever the moment dictates. That’s part of the rhythm of our daily office life. It’s something I want to continue.”

Talk to those who know both men and you’ll hear a lot about their similarities.

“There’s the military background, of course,” says Neil Hubacker, pastor at The Harbor church in Beverly, Mass. “There’s a discipline in how they go about their work. There’s a love for our country. There’s a common passion. They’re warriors at heart.”

Traits like that come in handy in one of the most liberal states in the country. So does a commitment to the state that transcends its politics.

“All of us have Massachusetts roots,” Mineau says. “We love this state. We know the Godly heritage of this state. For all intents and purposes, America began here. That’s the Massachusetts we’re fighting for.”

Facing hostility, they know, just comes with the territory.

“We put the mission first,” Beckwith says. “We have to have a thick skin and not worry about getting our feelings hurt. Mission before self. That’s something Kris and I both learned as military men.”

And they’ve been well equipped for the battle.

“We couldn’t do this without the lordship of Jesus over our organization, without the prayer support of so many people,” Mineau says. “It’s a spiritual battle above all. That’s how we keep going.”

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Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions.

The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise management. During this webcast, you’ll learn:

  • Three common misconceptions are about using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management
  • How to manage data quality and quantity to take “big data” and turn it into actionable information
  • Immediate actions energy managers can take today to advance their big-data analytics program


Bob Dixon, Vice President of Industry Affairs, Siemens Infastructure & Cities

Bob Dixon serves as the Director of Industry Affairs,  Building Performance & Sustainability for Siemens Industry, Inc – Building Technologies Division.  He is responsible for strategy development, market positioning, and Industry Leadership on efficiency and sustainability in buildings.

Dixon serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of State Energy Officials, served as the Vice Chair for the Alliance to Save Energy, and is a past president of National Association of Energy Service Companies. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President, Global Head, Energy and Environmental Solutions for the Building Technologies Division and was the first designated Senior Principle Expert for the 39,000 employee Building Technologies Division.

Dixon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, and is a graduate of the Minnesota Executive program at the University of Minnesota.


Chris Brophy, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, MGM Resorts International

Chris Brophy is the Vice President of Corporate Sustainability for MGM Resorts International.  In this capacity, Chris has a leadership role in developing, executing and communicating the company’s programs for environmental responsibility. Chris also oversees the planning, analysis, and capital budget management for energy conservation projects at all MGM Resorts International properties, and is responsible for the company’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions inventory and reporting. 

Before joining MGM Resorts International in his current role in 2007, Chris was the Director of Technology Projects and Operations for The Breakers Palm Beach, a luxury resort and club in Florida.  In this role, he managed strategic technology and operational initiatives for departments throughout the organization.  In addition, Chris oversaw financial reporting and budgeting for the Technology Services Division, as well as the capital budget for all technology investments at The Breakers.  He previously served MGM as a Senior Associate in Corporate Strategy.

Chris earned his Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees from the University of Arizona and the University of Arizona Eller College of Management.



John Davies, Vice President & Senior Analyst, GreenBiz Group

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How to Break Free from a Troubled Past

We’ve all suffered heartache.

Even if we grew up in a loving home, we were raised by imperfect people who made mistakes, no matter how well-intentioned they may have been. So none of us escapes completely unscathed. It’s the reality of being born into a fallen world.

That’s a truth I know all too well.

I’ve openly shared about my troubled childhood. If you’re not familiar with it, it’s enough to explain that my mother died when I was nine years old. My step-dad abandoned me and my siblings within hours of her funeral, and my biological father died of alcoholism. And I was in and out of the foster care system throughout my adolescence.

Sadly, my story isn’t all that unique. The challenge we all face is how to overcome the very real wounds of our past. A common approach for many is to hide from them. We open a drawer in our mind, drop the problem into the darkness, and shut it tight, pledging never to look at it again.

The good news is we don’t have to devote all of our energy to keeping our pain from bursting into the open and wreaking havoc in our marriage and our kids’ lives.

On today and tomorrow’s broadcast, Pastor Louie Giglio explains how opening those drawers and embracing the pain we’ve kept locked up is an important first step to discovering true healing. Whatever our struggle, we can bring it out of the darkness where it’s hidden and expose it to the light of God’s truth.

Take it from me. Although my childhood was steeped in heartache from the poor choices of many of the adult figures around me, fast forward a couple decades to the birth of my first-born son, Trent. I remember holding him and thinking, “Wow! I’m a dad!” Rocking back and forth, I looked at the little guy, and I told him, “I’ll always be there for you! I’ll be a good father – the father I never had.”

But here’s the crucial truth about that moment: I didn’t have to white-knuckle my way through life to keep that promise. Through God’s transforming grace, I’ve broken the pattern set for me by so many others.

I hope you’ll join us today and tomorrow on your local radio station, online, or via our free, downloadable mobile phone app, for “Examining My Past for a Better Future.” This two-part series is part of our “Best of” for 2014 for good reason. I believe it’ll encourage you and remind you of the healing that awaits you at the foot of the Cross.


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