Grow on Purpose

Smart, personable and creative, we are management consultants who help our diverse clients define their purpose and live it out in their brand(s) and organization culture.

We exist to encourage and help leaders to build and sustain businesses that know and pursue their telos – a unique “purpose-for-others.”

We challenge and equip leaders to, “Grow on Purpose,” to embody it personally, and to build the key organizational elements of brand and culture around that purpose. The purposeful enterprises that these leaders grow will shape our society and the future for the better. They will be trusted and authentic. They will also be profitable and so retain the capital that others invest to deliver on their purpose.

We most often work with senior leaders, their leadership teams and boards to articulate purpose, craft strategy, activate brands, inspire a culture and manage thye demands of implementation. Creative ideas put to do good work.

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Chris Houston

Founder

"There are many reasons to be 'in business' – ours is to support the people who work, struggle, and puzzle their way through the problems, ethical choices and tough decisions that business inevitably raises. We're here... for business leaders. When we come alongside, with fresh thinking, wise insight, helpful frameworks, and most of all, the extension of friendship and service as you lead in business, that is when we are at our best."

WHAT WE DO

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We Help You Stay Focused

the pace of business and the speed of change is relentless

At times it may feel that the business is running you rather than you running the business. While the speed and uncertainty can be threatening and distracting we recognize that many of your best opportunities come in the midst of messy chaos, when lots is changing. But that gets very distracting! We think we do our best work in the midst of turbulent environments where our ability to stay focused on your biggest business issues, not distracted by today's crisis, is what you need most in an outsider who is close enough to be relevant and far enough away to have perspective.

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We Emphasize Value Creation

every business has to be profitable eventually

With this in mind, we seek a deep understanding of your value equation to your customer and identify both management and governance implications. This often enables you to see your immediate concern in a larger perspective - and sometimes even reframes the business problem. Anything we do for you must add to your value equation for your customers. Eventually, everything we do must lead to making your business work.

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We Apply Systems Thinking

your organization is a complex and dynamic interaction of multiple systems at work

We partner with you to help you see your business challenges in their proper context including global, local and intra-business dynamics. We are more than a bit relentless in looking at the "whole" rather than just the "parts." Actually, we get a bit impatient with "partial" problems and especially "partial solutions". We always look at the big picture and keep fitting pieces together so you see the management choices you are making in a bigger context.

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We Customize our Engagement

you and your organization have a unique personality and a history that must be understood and leveraged

As we partner with you we start with where you come from as a firm and often help craft the story that is both history and future.. We design change processes that fit the personality of the leaders and the organization. Every business is different. It has a different story, with different people and a different future. The result is that our work is more personal, the buy-in is deeper and chances of success increase.

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We Establish Trusting Relationships

we are all looking to find partners we can trust

We have discovered that we have built trust only when we have demonstrated integrity, competence and genuine interest in our clients over time. As a result, we tend to establish long-term client relationships and help mobilize change across the organization over the long haul, mainly because change is hard and it takes a while. And quite frankly, we prefer it this way.

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