Earlier this year (September), I had the privilege of attending the Organisations with Purpose conference, an event that sought to address questions about why organisations exist—their reason for being. The two-day event, which was jointly organised by London Business School and Blueprint for Better Business, was well-attended by some leading academic thinkers and, significantly, a few influential business leaders as well.
An overriding theme pervaded the conference: Companies with a single, clearly defined and communicated purpose tend to perform better than those that do not. To hear others summarising evidence-based research and case studies on a topic that I've been interested in for some years was great. It filled in several gaps in my understanding. A summary of the conference proceedings is now available. I commend them to you.
The high point of the conference was the Blueprint for Better Business framework, a model to guide decision-making in purpose-driven businesses. It was compelling, to the extent that I've registered to attend a two-day immersion workshop, ahead of introducing the framework to companies in Australasia from early 2017.
Thoughts on corporate governance, strategy and the craft of board work; our place in the world; and, other things that catch my attention.