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The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy

ISBN: 978-1-118-44369-9
256 pages
December 2012
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A proven methodology for building a purpose-powered organization

Some ideas are bigger than others, and the Master Idea—your company's purpose—is the biggest. Whether addressing communication between leadership and associates, suppliers to manufacturers, sales force to customers, or brand to consumers, The Story of Purpose details a proven methodology for businesses, small to large, how to build a purpose-inspired organization to positively impact employees, customers, and the bottom line. It reveals the process for uncovering what makes a company distinctive and guides you to discover the fundamental force behind the organization that no competitor can replicate or replace.

  • The Story of Purpose incorporates stories of purpose from Procter & Gamble, McDonald's, Newell Rubbermaid and many more purpose-driven companies. These stories come to life in a comprehensive book that promises to guide, inspire, and transform your organization
  • Offers a blueprint for creating powerful internal and external messages for current and future customers, employees, and shareholders

The Story of Purpose will leave you asking yourself "what gets me up in the morning?" instead of "what keeps me up at night?"

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About the Cover xiii

Foreword Philip Kotler xv

Preface xvii

Introduction 1

I THE PURPOSE: PUT HUMANITY BACK IN BUSINESS 5

1 The Purpose of Work Is to Work on Purpose 7

2 Purpose-Inspired Leadership 17

3 The Master Idea 33

II THE BLACK BOX OF STRATEGY 41

4 Ethos: The Fruits Are in the Roots 43

5 Culture: Creating the Cult in Your Culture 53

6 Values: Your Most Valuable Asset 67

7 Strategy: The Plan to Win 80

8 Tactics: All You Need Is Love 99

III PURPOSE, INC.: HOW TO INCORPORATE PURPOSE INTO YOUR BUSINESS 115

9 Investigation 119

10 Incubation 131

11 Illumination 146

12 Illustration 161

IV CREATING A LASTING LEGACY 175

13 The Road to Camelot 177

14 A World on Purpose 195

Epilogue: Collective Purpose Is Our Saving Grace 209

Notes 213

Resources 221

About the Author 223

Acknowledgments 225

Index 231

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JOEY REIMAN is founder and CEO of the global consultancy, BrightHouse, a company whose mission is to bring purpose to the world of business. Reiman has emerged as the leading expert in the area of purpose-inspired leadership, marketing, and innovation. His breakthrough purpose methodology and frameworks have been adopted by top firms, including Procter & Gamble, The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald's, Nestlé, MetLife, SunTrust, Michelin, and many other Fortune 500 companies. Fast Company named him one of the 100 people who will change the way the world thinks. Reiman is married to women's activist Cynthia Good. They have two sons, Alden and Julien, and reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

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January 11, 2013
Companies Can Do Well by Doing Good

THE STORY OF PURPOSE: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy

By Joey Reiman, CEO & Founder of BrightHouse

"We need the Purpose 500, a catalog of companies that are doing well by doing good—because it will be these companies that bring back business for good." - Joey Reiman

As CEO & Founder of BrightHouse, a global consultancy located in Atlanta, GA  - Joey Reiman’s mission is to bring more purpose to the world of business. Since 2001, he has been teaching Ideation and Purpose to MBA and BBA students at Goizueta Business School at Emory University.

After 30 years of consulting for companies, Reiman has seen a common trend among those struggling - they all tend to focus on the bottom line, and according to Reiman - “Brands that focus only on the bottom line hit bottom first”. Joey Reiman coaches companies to understand their purpose and ultimately determine why they are here and what it is they are meant to do.

Reiman shares his Master Ideas in the book, The Story of Purpose: The Path to Creating a Brighter Brand, a Greater Company, and a Lasting Legacy (WILEY; December 2012; Hardcover & E-Book; ISBN:978-1-1184-4369-9; $27.95). He details a proven approach to engage and align leadership and associates, suppliers and manufacturers, a sales force and customers, and brands and consumers through a higher purpose.

Named by Fast Company as “one of the 100 people who will change the way the world thinks” - Reiman believes an organization’s Master Idea or purpose has the power to propel any company to its fullest potential.

Successful companies like The Coca-Cola Company, McDonald’s, Newell Rubbermaid, and Procter and Gamble stand for something greater by doing good from the inside-out, beginning with their employees.  When Nike said, Just Do It, the company put a voice to the belief that human beings have no limits. When Disney asked people to wish upon a star, they instantly established the powerful idea that life is magical.

The Story of Purpose teaches readers how to uncover what makes their company distinctive and discover the fundamental force behind the organization that no competitor can replicate or replace.

Through stories of purpose and best practices from McDonald’s, Newell Rubbermaid, Procter & Gamble and many more purpose driven companies, The Story of Purpose helps readers guide inspire, and transform their organization by learning how to:

  • Discover, articulate, and activate a Master Idea
  • Move from a brand to a stand, and turn purpose into practice
  • Lead with purpose and become the moral center of their company
  • Define the organization’s culture around shared beliefs
  • Build a family of employees first and a company second

This book offers the opportunity to ignite spirits, liberate creativity, and unleash compassion for others, while driving dramatic business results. Instead of focusing on what keeps them up at night, The Story of Purpose will leave readers asking, “what gets me up in the morning?”

Joey Reiman has written a clear roadmap to help anyone get on the right path, do good in the world, and ultimately leave a lasting legacy for generations to come.

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