Gusto Now! Leadership Development & Employee Engagement Resources


The Working on Purpose podcast is a thought leadership platform that advances the conversation on creating destination workplaces that magnetize people, develops inspirational leaders that ignite their motivation to perform at their best while growing into their higher potential, and helps organizations operate from their purpose to do business that betters the world – places most people would be remiss to leave.

On air since February 2015, Working on Purpose airs live every Tuesday from 5:00 to 5:50 pm CST, live-streamed on Dr. Cortez's Working on Purpose YouTube channel. The show is also syndicated on 28 audio platforms, including iHeart, Apple, and Stitcher, with pre-recorded episodes available for flexible guest scheduling.

Over the years, the show has featured topics of passion, inspiration, purpose, culture, and leadership, and reflects the unfolding of the host’s consciousness and consulting practice journey. We prioritize guests who are authors, experts, or renowned speakers due to the show's educational and inspirational nature. Today, we're focusing on enhancing spiritual intelligence in corporate leadership development, employee engagement, and culture. We welcome guests with insights into values like compassion, wonder, awe, love, joy, peace, and personal effectiveness.

Working on Purpose: Syndicated on 28 Podcast Platforms

Here Are A Few We Promote:

Working on Purpose Radio YouTube

Working on Purpose iHeart


The Great Revitalization: How Activating Meaning and Purpose Can Radically Enliven Your Business

Life and work continue to evolve, and so must your leadership development. Thriving in today’s business environment requires conscious, inspirational leadership, a fresh understanding of the world we find ourselves in, and a whole new playbook anchored in meaning and purpose. You need a set of strategies and applications that enable you to create an experience in your organization where your people give their best, feel fulfilled in their work and relationships, can work toward realizing their potential, and will persevere alongside you in service of the company’s mission.

Purpose Ignited: How Inspiring Leaders Unleash Passion and Elevate Cause

This book was written to turn you ON – to ignite you from the core of your being! The contents are designed to vitally inspire you to cultivate meaning, passion, and purpose in the everyday moments, unleashing the very best version of you, every day. And then, you will be compelled to bring it – and bring it strong - to everything you do to make the contribution worthy of your one, precious life.

Access the accompanying workbooks and videos noted in Purpose Ignited here.

Passionately Striving in “Why”: An Anthology of Women Who Persevere Mightily to Live Their Purpose

Living your purpose takes some real effort and is not for the faint of heart. It requires listening for that delicate whisper and heeding the urgent inner calling that directs you, often in the most inconvenient directions. Passionately Striving in Why is a triumphant collection of contributions from 25 women from around the world.

Passionately Striving in “Why" Trailer

Coloring Life: How Loss Invites Us to Live More Vibrant Lives

Coloring Life: How Loss Invites Us to Live More Vibrant Lives is Dr. Alise Cortez's newest work on grief, meaning, and resilience. It's first a story, an intimate sharing of her experience of losing her parents and how she struggled to make sense of their death.

Reading it is like coming home to an old friend and being wrapped in a hug for solace and comfort. Nestled in that embrace to help you connect and better understand your loss, the book's second part offers "whispers of wisdom" she gained through her loss. Death is a great teacher. Losing the ones we love the most can inspire us to treasure our relationships, expand our consciousness, and live more fully.

Coloring Life Trailer


Cortez, A. (2017) Reverse Mentoring as a Key Component of Corporate Culture, Enterprise Transformation Results Blog, March edition

Cortez, A. & Lynch, O. (2015) Zones of engagement: Where meaning in work meets personal identity, International Journal of Human Resources Development and Management

Cortez, A. (2014) Meaning in Work and the Self, Leveraging Human Factors for Strategic Change – An Organizational Culture Perspective / Bloomsbury India

Modes of Engagement

Modes of Engagement research – 15 modes

How we experience work and how it relates to our sense of identity are profound drivers of our fulfillment and contribution. Knowing this about yourself and your team can make all the difference in understanding and/or optimally intervening in your career navigation.

Modes are derived from Dr. Alise’s field research.