Today our expert guest is Mark Monchek, an outstanding man with a powerful story. He’s the founder and Chief Opportunity Officer of the Opportunity Lab, a strategy consulting firm focused on conscious growth and the author of #1 Bestseller “Culture of Opportunity,” where his tools on how to grow during an age of disruption are more relevant today than ever before.
Everybody finds their purpose in life at different points. Some people are born with it, but most people find it out through a crisis. Mark’s life trajectory was set, primarily, by three tragedies. His parents got divorced when he was very young, and from that point on, they never talked to each other about their two kids, which wound up being deeply traumatic for Mark. The second happened in 1981, when Mark and his wife bought their first house only to have an arsonist burn it down six days later. And the third happened in the 2008 recession, when an associate stole a large amount of money from his business, throwing Mark into a deep and dark depression. Luckily, he recognized the support he received during this dark period, and he was to find the opportunity in that tragedy to move forward. He realized that his purpose was to serve companies that wanted to grow consciously and because they deeply care about their customers, their employees, and the communities they serve.
Building a conscious mindset within your company starts with compassion. Get into a conversation with whoever it is your serving, whether it’s a customer or an employee, and find out what really matters to them.
Mark’s Culture of Opportunity process breaks down into these key parts:
- Define the results that you stand for and that give you pride. Make sure there is a balance between financially-driven and purpose-driven results.
- Find the team of people who are going to take you to this next level of sustainable growth. This team must be filled with a diverse set of people both inside and outside of the organization.
- Look for the ways that other companies are serving their customers or employees that you find exciting or innovative, whether they’re in your industry or not.
We are all in this life together, and we don’t have to sacrifice that fundamental truth for business success. In fact, the best way to succeed is to create a culture of opportunity for all.
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“One of the misbeliefs I had that led up to this depression was that I was alone in my dark feelings and in these painful thoughts. That kind of came from my childhood experience where, I think, my parents felt that they were alone. When I realized I wasn’t because of the people that supported me through that terrible period, and I began to understand the importance of interdependence. We do nothing in our lives alone. We don’t go to the bathroom alone. We don’t eat alone. People think that they are independent, but everything you do depends on someone else.”
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