Talking about Purpose at Work (With Leadership Teams at Ericsson)

I was curious to try out the new things I had learned Reading the book: Claiming your Place at the fire (living the second half of your Life on Purpose), and why not try the most challengeing setting: a Leadership Team at work!

Reading the book, I realized I had not put into words yet, the fact that we do live our lives during a short period of time. But I have always felt there is more into it. I have searched and read myself through the life to find spirit in the different religions, the stillness in nature, the connectedness you cannot resist whilst hugging a tree.

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I will paint you a picture; imagine your life starts at one point in time, and it ends when you die at another point in time in the future. Then think about this time, is this really all that is there for us?

If you have painted a picture, and this picture is left behind. Or you have written some poems, these are left behind. And if you have children, they are also left behind.

It is like the dancing, that is the expression in Scott’s dancing, but only if he is connecting to the music, then it will also connect all the way out to the audience. And make an impact there. What Impact would you like to do?

What if, all you do in your life matters. And all that you chose not to do also matters. Look at the weave of actions and facts and behaviours that we have inherited. It is embedded in everyday, like the way we choose to pick the tomatoes from the shelf in the store, the way we choose to say hello, or not to say hello to the busdriver when get on the bus. Do we see the people around us as other human beings or not. Is the busdriver a person to us? Do we see hem/her as having a home, a family, and kids. The way we choose to acknowledge people around us matters.

The people around us have their own life span, starting before or after my birth, and they will die before or after I die. We all are part of the now. We wave ourselves together into this big weave called life.

What we do or what we do not do will have impact on things after we die.

Looking back at your life now, when you are in the middle of life… What will you do with the rest of your Life, when living it on purpose?

We are at the fireplace. We are about eight people sitting in front of the fire. All of us wanted to be here. In the beginning of the day, I announced that there will be two Fireside chats at the fire in the evening. It was on the common backlog of things for today, and now we are here. And with this small introduction, I leave the word free.


Doing this exercise with the leadership team, together with excercises on Leadership agility and ego development, this is adding to the spectra of aspects of Life. If the experts and achievers choose to be in the excercise, they will learn from the catalysts and co-creators about other ways of viewing their own Life and the ecosystem Earth we are living in. It is also a part of getting to know each other better, and the outcome and the depth of the sharing is depending on the trust and openness in the Group prior to the excercise.

I realized it was time to write this article after watching Tim Wilson’s movie Griefwalker.