Daniel Augusto Motta
CEO of BMI Blue Management Institute
Organizations nowadays are adrift. Old business models and organization charts can address neither new market dynamics nor stockholders’ increasingly higher expectations. People are distressed as they are unable to relate their daily activities and goals to aspirations that are ever more abstract and less exciting. Leaders are neglecting to face organizational transformation challenges.
We live in a collective angst concealed by the delusion of a calendar packed with activities, meetings and reports. We fail to distinguish between the real meaning of life and a life full of hustle.
We wrongly believe that our days and weeks elapse much faster than they did decades ago. We do not realize how superficial our personal relationships are and we are unaware of the amount of rapidly changing information we foolishly try to process every day.
We just give up understanding ourselves because we are too afraid of the mirror. We forgo building long-term relationships as we accept the convenience of a long list of virtual contacts. And even as we un- consciously seek this escape, we silently ask ourselves again and again what our life purpose is. As a leader in your organization, it is your responsibility to engage in this personal quest and to influence your team, managers and peers to do the same.
So, ultimately, what is the meaning of your life? In view of the certainty of death, this question is the cornerstone of metaphysics and religions. We learn about death while still in the first years of our lives, and this question remains a fundamental, if not desirable, contemplation. But many people would rather live their lives in a state of thoughtless frenzy, lacking the courage to ask what their life’s purpose is, always taking advantage of convenient excuses, such as family, work, bills, and leisure distractions.
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Dr. Daniel Augusto Motta is the Founder and CEO of BMI Blue Management Institute, a leading niche consulting firm. He is an expert in culture, strategy and leadership. He has a PhD in Economics, MSc in Financial Economics and BA in Economics. He is also an OPMer from Harvard Business School. He is a former MBA Professor of Strategy and Finance at Insper, Fundação Dom Cabral and Fundação Getulio Vargas. He is also Partner and CEO of start-up Nexialistas. He is Managing Director of venture capital fund WhiteFox Capital. He was a co-founder of the Brazilian Society of Finance and has served as board advisor for Ethisphere Institute. He is a volunteer board member at UNIBES. He is the author of the book Essential Leadership and has three articles published by the Harvard Business Review.