Leadership for Meaningful Change Management through Employee Empowerment: The PURPLE System

By Kathryn Hauer, CFP®



Are you trying to guide your financial advisory firm toward positive social change? Perhaps you have become passionate about a particular cause or your heart has broken in becoming aware of an aspect of human suffering you wish to change. As one person, you have some ability to effect change, but as a corporate body, your power multiplies exponentially.


How can you share your awakening with your team members and guide them to a level of employee engagement that helps spread positive social change. Managing organizational change is no easy feat as the mountains of leadership advice show.


My system for infusing your organization for the will to work toward positive social change is based on the work of John R. Shultz, a professor in the Wisconsin Technical College system whose advocacy for employee empowerment as a method for social change introduces these concepts. My impetus for choosing the color purple as a mnemonic comes from my desire to honor and remember a special person in my life who embodied the kind of positive social change and ability to empower others.