Do you spend most of your time at work? Imagine what life would be like if your workplace were a place where you are called to embark on a journey to your true self, to unfold your unique potential, express your inner talents.
Often work is what people identify with most. Your work might define who you are. Your friends might work with you and are passionate about the same things as you are. Your work might be the source of your self-esteem and self-confidence.
If we change how people work, we change society as a whole.
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There are 3 main approaches how to reinvent the way we work:
We relate to one another with an assumption of positive intent.
Until we are proven wrong, trusting co-workers is our default means of engagement.
Freedom and accountability are two sides of the same coin.
Information and decision-making
All business information is open to all.
Every one of us is able to handle difficult and sensitive news.
We believe in collective intelligence. Nobody is as smart as everybody. Therefore all decisions will be made with the advice process.
Responsibility and accountability
We each have full responsibility for the organization. If we sense that something needs to happen, we have a duty to address it. It’s not acceptable to limit our concern to the remit of our roles.
Everyone must be comfortable with holding others accountable to their commitments through feedback and respectful confrontation.
We are all of fundamentally equal worth.
At the same time, our community will be richest if we let all members contribute in their distinctive way, appreciating the differences in roles, education, backgrounds, interests, skills, characters, points of view, and so on.
Safe and caring workplace
Any situation can be approached from fear and separation, or from love and connection. We choose love and connection.
We strive to create emotionally and spiritually safe environments, where each of us can behave authentically.
We honor the moods of … [love, care, recognition, gratitude, curiosity, fun, playfulness …].
We are comfortable with vocabulary like care, love, service, purpose, soul … in the workplace.
We aim to have a workplace where we can honor all parts of us: the cognitive, physical, emotional, and spiritual; the rational and the intuitive; the feminine and the masculine.
We recognize that we are all deeply interconnected, part of a bigger whole that includes nature and all forms of life.
Every problem is an invitation to learn and grow. We will always be learners. We have never arrived.
Failure is always a possibility if we strive boldly for our purpose. We discuss our failures openly and learn from them. Hiding or neglecting to learn from failure is unacceptable.
Feedback and respectful confrontation are gifts we share to help one another grow.
We focus on strengths more than weaknesses, on opportunities more than problems.
Relationships and conflict
It’s impossible to change other people. We can only change ourselves.
We take ownership for our thoughts, beliefs, words, and actions.
We don’t spread rumors. We don’t talk behind someone’s back.
We resolve disagreements one-on-one and don’t drag other people into the problem.
We don’t blame problems on others. When we feel like blaming, we take it as an invitation to reflect on how we might be part of the problem (and the solution).
We view the organization as having a soul and purpose of its own.
We try to listen in to where the organization wants to go and beware of forcing a direction onto it.
We have a duty to ourselves and to the organization to inquire into our personal sense of calling to see if and how it resonates with the organization’s purpose.
We try to imbue our roles with our souls, not our egos.
Planning the future
Trying to predict and control the future is futile. We make forecasts only when a specific decision requires us to do so.
Everything will unfold with more grace if we stop trying to control and instead choose to simply sense and respond.
In the long run, there are no trade-offs between purpose and profits. If we focus on purpose, profits will follow.
Laloux, Frederic. Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Consciousness (S.232). Nelson Parker. Kindle-Version.