"Back to" season is upon us in the US and many parts of the world. For some, it's back to school, while others return to work, caregiving, and the daily hustle and bustle. Amidst the collective sigh of relief, resignation, or anticipation that accompanies this season, I invite you to pause and ponder a fundamental question:
What's our shared purpose?
We pose this when introducing the Prosocial Matrix (otherwise known as "the second loop"), and it's a question Kevin Polk and I ask frequently. Given the prevailing negativity and discord in the collective online and virtual dialogues, it's particularly relevant today.
In our presentations and training, we have been starting with the shared purpose question when presenting the Matrix, even before delving into who's important.
But why this change in approach?
Today's current level of chatter is often marred by discontent and hostility. Our lack of shared purpose gets tons of social media engagement. It does not bring people closer...