Culture Code-X

Passionate Purpose

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Emma Gonzalez

The CODE-X series catalogs a vast codex of source codes (aka “signs”) extracted from past audits.

The object of study in semiotics is not the signs but rather a general theory of signification; the goal of each “audit” is to build a model demonstrating how meaning is produced and received within a category or cultural territory. Signs on their own, therefore, only become truly revelatory and useful once we’ve sorted them into thematic complexes, and the complexes into codes, and the codes into a meaning map. We call this process “thick description”; the Code-X series is thin description.

PASSIONATE PURPOSE” NORM: Passion aligned with purpose.

PASSIONATE PURPOSE” FORMS: Beaming smile, bright eyes, enjoying themselves. Sometimes portrayed with a kind of nimbus or halo. Often women. Enthusiastic, over-the-top. “Incredibly passionate.” “There’s no better feeling.” “The best idea in the world.”

From a 2018 study of the CHARACTER space, within the larger framework of LEADERSHIP. What makes a leader tick?

Tags: CODE-X, Leadership