Tool: How to create your organizations WHY


Our mission and purpose is … what?

The past few weeks I’ve both seen some presentations on how to find your organizations WHY and purpose, and I have been part of such process myself in an organization.

Here’s one of my tools for creating your organizations WHY, based on +50 workshops in organizations and teams over the last years.


Step 1: Understand why you need a WHY

Get acquainted with the philosophy and psychology behind having a purpose. Here are some good places to start:


About time – The WorldBlu summit impressions part 2

At the WorldBlu summit last week we had the privilege to listen to some very inspirational speakers, many of them – and the overall concept of WorldBlu and the Power Question summit – is described in Erik’s blog post here.

Two of the speakers hit directly into my current theme of passion, namely how we are dealing with stress at the workplace: Henri Hypönnen, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Plus One Agency talking about the aspect of fear, and Carl Honoré, said to be the leading advocate of the Slow Movement, describing how going slow is actually faster and more productive than speeding up.


The WorldBlu Summit 2016


Why would I chose a murmuration as the header image for this blog post? Read on and learn.

What is the Summit?

May 9-11 we visited the annual WorldBlu Summit in Miami.

This was my second visit, and my expectations were really high. Especially I looked forward to meeting the “tribe” and to refreshing all the connections. Huge learning was in sight just from that, which turned out very beneficial. The networking was great, and I have already established new projects and activities based on that.

Freedom At Work

As described on WorldBlu’s website, their “purpose is to develop world-class freedom-centered (rather than fear-based), organizations and leaders. We do this by offering a range of products and services that make it faster, easier and more fun to deliver Freedom at Work™.” (mere…)

What creates work related stress?


This is a part of an article in 5 parts, taking you through the physics of stress, and how to prevent it. You can start reading here – or go to one of the below sections to dig deeper into each element.


Losing an employee to a long sick-leave due to chronic stress is exactly that: losing. As employer we lose the people and the competences, and as humans and seen from society, we burn out people.

How much a person can handle is individual, but it is known, that combining stressors – as we call the factors that causes stress – increases the risk of getting ill with chronic stress.

But what are the stressors at work? Can we identify what factors in combination or alone would eventually lead to chronic stress? And if we can, is it then evident how to eliminate them? (mere…)

Robo-boss: Hell or help?

(Photo by Siyan Ren via Unsplash.)


So the robo-boss is coming. The name “robo-boss” alone sets the tone of a bad, controlling, surveying, 1984 George Orwell-esque manager. But is it really that bad? Will automation be hell or help? 

  1. Employees prefer an unbiased computer over their current leader, study finds
  2. In 2018, 3 mill. employees will be supervised by a “robo-boss”, Gartner predicts
  3. It’s against the law in EU to make fully automated decisions on personal matters

Let’s walk though these 3 aspects, to show how automation changes work and sets new demands for leadership. Spoiler alert:

  • Automation will support you, your employees, and your leader
  • The future of leadership is about fairness and happiness at work

… but read on below 🙂


Responsive Leadership – a guide

(Photo: Drew Patrick Miller via Unsplash)


So, the world is changing ever faster.

A line of megatrends (including disruptive technology) is driving business forward, and forcing new behavior into organizations, leaders, and employees.

This requires:

  • Holism – A new holistic approach to strategy, leadership, and people, with an updated mindset and skillset for you and your leaders.
  • Responsiveness – Trimming and redefining your organization and culture to respond fast enough.
  • Entrepreneurship – A redesign of the way you organize work, constant innovation, internal startups, and a portfolio approach

These slides walk you through the three focus areas, to give you guidance on how to approach it – and on how to create the right mix of the components.

Feel free to download them and share them with your colleagues.