Creating the culture for bringing out the brilliance in your organization
I am not a very accomplished gardener, but so much I do know: If you keep leeching the soil of its nutrients, without ever making sure you add enough fertilizer to it, the results will become disappointing over time.
Your tomato plants won’t take off, depriving you of the delicious fruit the plant bears within it. The flowers will be half as splendid as they have potential for, and your cat will pee on the sorry little sprouts that promised on the package to be juicy fat green beans.
Can you see the parallels with organizations? Think about it. Each organization contains a myriad of different “plants,” in the form of people each with enormous potential, great passions and contagious motivation. However, to what extent is the “soil” being nurtured on a daily basis to ensure that all that lies within these beautiful individuals to bear fruit?
So, what is the recipe for adding that substance that provides a ground so rich, so inspiring, so fertile for personal and organizational growth? The environment for bringing out the very best in its people and the organization as a whole? Here are a few essential ingredients that I have identified over the years:
1) Appreciation: Imagine a group of people whose primary focus has shifted from detecting the shortcomings of each other–as we are unfortunately wired to do–to learning to see and mirror back that which we value and appreciate in each other? How do you think that would affect its culture? I will let you come up with the answer.
2) Trust: As Stephen M.R. Covey says in his important book The Speed of Trust, “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation […], the thing that, if developed and leveraged, that one thing has the potential to create unparalleled success and prosperity in every dimension of life, Yet, it is the least understood, most neglected, and most underestimated possibility of our time. That one thing is Trust.”
3) Respectful conflict management: One other element that organizations researched by Frederic Laloux and presented in his excellent book Reinventing Organizations, A Guide to Creating Organizations for the Next Stage of Human Consciousness, have recognized is: conflict is inevitable wherever people work and live together. Therefore, in wise anticipation, the organizations researched all have in place rigorous conflict resolution tools that create better mutual understanding of intentions, that ensure that deeds are separated from the person; and that can prevent or attenuate conflicts before they become destructive.
These are just a few life and collaboration enhancing ingredients that, if paid more attention to, can do wonders to transform your organization.
It is my mission to accompany you in your efforts to cultivate a “garden” where the tomatoes get as ripe and succulent as they have the potential to, where the flowers bloom in their utmost beauty, and where no cat will pee on your efforts to grow the fruits of your labor.
Contact me if you want to talk more about creating the best possible soil for growing your organization.