Book Excerpt — Purpose Power: How Mission-Driven Leaders Engage for Change

May 31, 2019 4:35 PM ET

Purpose Power provides inspiration for action. Whether you’re itching to start a movement, in the midst of building a mission-driven brand, or rebranding an organization with a storied history, this book will inspire you to imagine new possibilities. The book explains the Heptagon Method, a seven-step framework that helps you take big ideas from ideology to action. It instructs how you can motivate your allies to become advocates for your cause. Often, when you’re focused on sparking change, the natural instinct is to rush to action. This bias toward action and against analysis paralysis—the antithesis of enthusiasm and momentum—can be a real asset for organizations motivated to make a difference. But leaders should also be wary of haphazard action leading to inconsistent results. This book clarifies the strategic sequence of action required to catalyze a movement.

Infused with instructive elements from the author’s life story, Purpose Power illustrates the incredible capacity of narrative to shake advocates, volunteers, and donors out of their apathetic slumbers. Stories take us by the hand and lead us into a new perspective so we can more clearly see what matters. We can all become champions of higher purpose. In a world where some of the mightiest can’t help but wonder if bending the arc towards justice is really worth the effort, Purpose Power offers a much needed message of hope: we can learn as much from our failures as from our successes and really, it’s only fun if you’re not sure it’s going to work.

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