Purpose Matters

Parable of the Bricklayers

Three bricklayers were asked: “What are you doing?”

  • Bricklayer number one says, “I am laying bricks.”
  • Bricklayer number two says, “I am building a church.”
  • Bricklayer number three says, “I am building the house of God.”

The first bricklayer has a job. The second has a career. The third bricklayer has a calling.

Purpose (defined here as the intention to contribute to the well-being of others) matters. And the higher up the “success chain” you look, the more purpose you’ll find. Help people realize their purpose and that they are capable of more than they know.

Bricklaying_GW_20101105_6221Think about it, if you can help individuals, you can help teams, if you can help teams you can help companies and help brands and before you know it you are helping and impacting communities and countries.

How I approach others and how I see them matters. Often, when I am around people I know that I am the presence of greatness. Maybe greatness unfound or undeveloped. Regardless, greatness.

You never know who will go on to do good or even greater things. Treat everyone as they are that person. Strive to bring the best out of them and help them be the best version of themselves that they can be.

As you know, great leaders ask great questions. Every week I will offer up a few questions to consider and answer.

Questions of the week:

  • What is my calling?
  • How do I see others?
  • How can I make my team better?

Take the time to honestly and thoughtfully answer these questions. Share your thoughts and ideas with your team and your leaders, your family and your friends.


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Kris Klinger is an accomplished visionary and leader. He lives in Downtown Los Angeles and is a staff and faculty member at the University of Southern California. Kris is passionate about nurturing and supporting strong servant-leader and employee-centric cultures. Cultivating transparency and trust; honest and candid communication; personal and professional development; individual and team empowerment. He is also an author working on his first book.

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