Generate Purpose and Manage Work/Life Interface

Building networks that provide a range of instrumental and expressive benefits positively impacts physical health and resilience/well-being.

Individual Contributor

An early-career professional has learned a lot about the interactions that drive her and those that drain her. She reaches out to people in her network and to activities that generate energy and purpose and help her thrive.
A career change leads a creative project manager to ask questions of identity and purpose. By connecting with others she creates a sense of purpose for her in her work and begins to thrive on the job and as a person.
Taking on a new role, a young professional decides to engage teams in a way that would be more effective and less frustrating. He has also learned to put himself in places to grow his network and engage in activities that help him gain new perspectives and thrive.
A financial manager’s career setback turns into a gift when she gains equilibrium, sense of purpose and a better job. A network of friends spurs reflection, self-discovery and assertion of choice after a decade of “survival mode.”
An early-career professional builds networks that give her confidence, energy and experience. She has found a mindset and network that keeps her appreciative of her work and growing in her job. Yet, she sets clear boundaries at work because she is comfortable in her identity and options.
A high-end contributor balances his independent work with his network interactions in ways that allow him to thrive at work. Over time, he has learned how to engage peers and business leaders in ways that maintains his engagement and enthusiasm.
An experienced project manager invests in her current team and maintains connections in her field to build a satisfying career. She has learned to adapt and shape her role in ways that help her thrive and avoid collaborative overload.

First Line Manager

A skilled project manager grows in her job by taking on new challenges and being dedicated to the work. Importantly, she has developed relationships that support her professional success and contribute to her sense of identity and well-being.
An experienced and versatile professional knows herself well. She looks for assignments where she can use her skills to solve problem and help others succeed. If she is in role where she is needed and supported, she is able to thrive in fast-paced, high-pressure situations.
An experienced leader invests in his team in ways that promote sense of purpose for them and for him. He focuses on co-creation of work, learning and building trust—and sees their success as his own.
A skilled operations manager drives a major product launch, giving most of 3 years to high-priority work and long hours. She manages the network of teams—and her personal energy—in effective ways.
A driven scientist and developing leader intentionally builds networks that bring satisfaction and success. She understands what makes her effective—co-creating with people with similar values on work that has impact.
A career-driven manager learns to build a network that helps his team succeed in an intense environment. He thrives through collaboration, co-creation and a clear sense of purpose. Changes to his approach and scheduling have helped him find needed personal time.
A global product director takes a proactive and positive approach to her demanding job. She engages with people on a personal level, helps them see the why of the work and sets a tone of openness and learning.

Manager of Managers

An experienced manager stays engaged by being clear on who he is and the type of work that has value for him. He builds his network and manages his time in ways that align with his passion for technology and support of business goals.
An experienced manager knows what she needs to be valued at work—and to earn that value in a way that does not compromise her personal well-being. She keeps perspective by investing deeply in people and networks outside of work.
A mid-level manager structures his role in ways that keep him aligned with his personal leadership principles. He puts his team engagement front-and-center, building relationships through authenticity, interest and connecting off-task.
A leader of a global function thrives at work by interacting with his team and stakeholders in ways that align with his sense of purpose. He manages a 24/7 work environment, but maintains perspective by anchoring to family and outside activities.
A long-time manager is deeply engaged in his work due to trusted peer relationships, a personalized approach to his staff and a focus on personal growth and self-awareness. A clear and shared sense of purpose helps him be effective and thrive.
An experienced manager has learned to be effective and thrive in challenging settings. By aligning his management team and engaging employees around shared purpose, he builds trust. His personal sense of purpose keeps him positive and able to look to good outcomes 3-4 years in the future.
An experienced manager sets a context for employees to collaborate in service of the customer. By focusing on organizational culture, more people are engaged and she is thriving in her leadership role.

Senior Leader

A senior leader’s external network gives her confidence and counteracts internal politics and pressure. Her energy and ideas are focused on what she can control to create value for the business, while thriving on a personal level.
A senior leader with a global role finds ways to thrive professionally and personally. By setting boundaries on her time and making commitments outside of work, she counters overload and fuels her sense of purpose.
A senior leader is at the top of her game—at work and as a person are aligned and she is transparent about her priorities across all fronts. She has intentionally invested in relationships and networks to help her succeed and thrive.
A high-level leader has adapted to increasingly collaborative demands by being clear in her
role and delegating effectively. She develops her team and talent around her in a way that reduces collaborative demands and contributes to her sense of purpose at work.
A senior leader thrives in a demanding role in a tough business context with significant revenue pressure. She builds trust through clarity and transparency in the value she brings and by helping her team find alignment and purpose.
A senior executive developed a leadership style that is dependent on building networks of respect, not hierarchy. He is clear about his personal non-negotiables and encourages others to do the same.
A long-time tech leader and executive creates a context for team members to find purpose and be engaged. He has learned what energizes him and how to be resilient in tough times.

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