To Manage or to Lead? That is the Question

Purpose-driven leadership, transformational leadership, can only be headed by workers.  These “workers” are people who have identified their purpose and will work endlessly, to see that they become their very best “self”.  So within a strong learning culture, we should be building those skills, ourselves. Asking ourselves the questions we need answered that are necessary for our growth. Instead of piling resources in new trends, that may work, we have to be focused on finding our own sustainability path.  Consumerism forces teams to facilitate an evaluation of culture that perfectly outlines what’s popular. By using the direction of those outside forces, companies reinvent products to cater to the ever-evolving social changes.

Within partnerships, to account for the competitive nature of consumerism, reinventing ourselves to align with trends becomes ‘Modus Operandi,’ our “M-O”.  But I’d argue that aligning ourselves to our partners purpose can result in an epic fail if we aren’t constantly reminding ourselves of our own purpose-driven plan.  If you’re a “Holistic Entrepreneurs” and working for social justice, it’s understandable to take a plethora of factors in consideration.  However, the key to strategic partnerships, within small businesses especially, is to always establish a personal sustainability plan.  Instead of reflecting on what you can find that makes you more valuable within your partnership, figure out how you can be of best value to yourself.

Be willing to reinvent how partnerships will work FOR you.  By doing this, you’ll begin to be able to afford regular “SELF” redesign.  The key to Holistic Engineering Education is to always be improving.  If we aren’t committed to seek learning as a means for sustainability we will always be devoid of learning resources.  Instead of pouring resources into outsourcing how learning is supposed to happen, let’s continue to be teaching and growing together.  There’s no better strategy within a partnership, particularly between small business owners, than “each one, teach one.”  Our learning infrastructure in our communities will always be shaky until we’re willing to help each other engineer a life they don’t want to escape.

It takes the collective knowledge of the community to do it; everyone’s an engineer.


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