Going First: Find the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action - Publish Your Purpose
Going First

Going First

Are you clear on the purpose of your business – and your life? When we’re connected to purpose, we’re more motivated, creative, energetic, resilient, and collaborative. Having a clear purpose is a key driver of success and profitability and unlocks our full potential. It also increases the likelihood that we’ll have the social and environmental impact we want to have, toward our desired legacy. When we lead and live with purpose, we move beyond our doubts and fears and take action that transforms our lives, our companies, and even the world!

In Going First, Nell Derick Debevoise explores how we can identify our values and the benefits of putting in the effort required to lead and live a purposeful life. She shares her own journey zeroing in on her life’s work and her experiences running leadership development programs for international organizations. Along with insights gleaned from over 150 CEOs, founders, human resources officers, and other wise and courageous leaders, Debevoise presents the Impact Dashboard, a framework we can use to connect day-to-day actions to our desired outcomes. She describes the six spheres, an action-oriented blueprint for living purposefully that enables us to envision how best to spend our limited time, energy, and attention.

Debevoise shines a light on the people who are leading and living purposefully in a wide variety of industries and differently-sized companies, roles, and geographies. Isn’t it time to join them, Going First in your own unique way?

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About Nell Derick Debevoise

Nell Derick Debevoise helps purpose-driven leaders expand their impact, grow their businesses, and build legacies. Nell is both visionary and pragmatic, partnering with leaders to build companies that are good for the people and planet around them. This purposeful leadership is the path to more inclusive, antiracist, and sustainable capitalism.

Nell’s approach is informed by her experience living and working on 4 continents. She has advised CEOs and leaders at companies including American Express, Cisco, Google, Kraft-Heinz, and hyper-growth startups in the health, consumer, and fintech sectors. Nell is a Senior Contributor for Forbes, and has delivered keynotes for Harvard, Yale, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, World Bank, CFA Institute, Soho House, and other global audiences.

Nell studied leadership, innovation, and intercultural dialog at Harvard, Cambridge, Universita di Roma, and Columbia and London Business Schools. In 2011, she moved to New York and founded Inspiring Capital, a certified B Corp that offers purposeful leadership development to accelerate the movement of business as a force for good.
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What People Are Saying

What People Are Saying

Nell’s call to Go First has arrived at the perfect time. We have seen the power of our I-WE-IT approach to drive SheEO’s world-changing work, so I’m thrilled that Nell is sharing her Me-We-World framework in such an action-oriented way for leaders to transform the way we do business.

—Vicki Saunders, Founder and CEO of Coralus (formerly SheEO)

Nell shows you step by step how to make purpose an actionable part of your work and life—and how doing so will make you happier, healthier, and more successful.

—Klay S. Williams, Transformation and Change Communicator, Plan A With Klay

Rethinking how we work and live, and why it matters, is an invaluable part of the challenging task of moving toward a more inclusive and sustainable economic system. We can all use Nell’s powerfully simple framework to optimize the impact of all that we do and how it benefits our teams, our businesses, society, and the planet.

—Anthea Kelsick, C-suite business leader driving impact through innovation; previous CEO of B Lab/B Corp, US & Canada

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