Wholeness used to be a "woo woo" term. Very fluffy and light.
Not anymore. That is, not if you're paying attention.
At my last job one of the statements I heard directed at those below management was, "You shouldn't be asking for more, you should just be grateful to have a job."
From simply a human viewpoint, how thrilled are you going to be to bring your best to the table when you are receiving that kind of message?
Let's get real. You're NOT going to be thrilled.
This is one kind of the internal fracturing that goes on and on, and then we wonder why we can't bring a business together!
A business is not the sum of its parts. Wait, WHAT? Right. It isn't. As it stands, we are fractured. We have a system which takes parts of the business and gives them differing goals, and different rewards, and asks them all to care more about the business than about themselves.
With this perspective, you are about to spend the rest of the life of your business dealing with unnecessary attrition, absenteeism, on-the-job illness, and the loss of lots and lots and LOTS of money!
If you're ready to look at business as what it is - the sum of the parts of its humans - it ends up looking more like an addition problem made up of these vibrant aspects::
Human Beings +
Service to a Greater Purpose =
A Wholeness-Based, Successful, Sustainable Business
Wholeness in business means that everyone in the company is moving toward the same goal at the same time, and that they are able to use their creativity to move out of the eponymous job description and into their humanity to bring forth new ideas, new modes of operation.
Wholeness equals individual flexibility.
Wholeness equals the disappearance of authoritarianism.
Wholeness equals equality of worth as a fellow human, adult, and professional.
There is a simple way to begin to see this, and to operate in this way, and I found it accidentally.
Back in my Administrative Assistant years I was constantly "in trouble" for seeing outside of my bubble. "Just do the Excel spreadsheet!" my Supervisor would say. I would reply, "But if I'm doing this part of thsi worksheet without that piece of information that that person handles, doesn't it then require being done again later, and being wrong now?" And my Supervisor would say something like, "Just shut up and do the Excel Spreadsheet." Was that because s/he was a bad person? No. It was an expression of the system that rewards us inappropriately, driving us to self-interest and survival.
I came across The Predictive Index after a lifetime of hating data. Sorry, all of you who love it! I don't mean to imply that you are wrong to do so - we need data. But we do NOT need data driving the bus; doing so removes the human from the measurement entirely, and we begin applying the mechanistic to the human, which simply is ineffective.
Not to mention insulting and harmful to incentive and engagement and job satisfaction.
But I digress. The Predictive Index uses data to uplevel the human impact and consideration and without driving defensiveness.
Now that's a neat trick!
With this tool in my back pocket, I was now able to lift the rug on the NATURE of the problems in teams, between individuals, and most amazingly, between the nature of a team and the nature of its goal.
To say my mind was blown is an understatement. This was proof that we are moving away from the fractured model to the model of wholeness.
It does take something major for us humans to understand that the nature of our current systems is actually in control of us, and that we can take back that control. It requires a transformation of practice, system, consciousness. And it requires getting through that door of defensiveness and comfort we are attached to on a fundamental emotional level.
But the rewards are bottom-line magnification as a result of humans first and money second, which makes no sense to us.
It can be done. It is being done by a lot of businesses. Just not enough quite yet to tip the balance.
So, are you ready to take a look at Wholeness? Are you ready to be a part of the healing of our business/life practices? From what I have seen, the answer is yes.
All we need is to be bored enough with our "normal" answers (which answer nothing, over and over again), and a serious dedication to exploring how we can approach everything we do with our lives and our work from an alignment with what we wish it were.
If data can be used to enhance humanness and wholeness, the sky is the absolute limit.
Women's Leadership Coach and Speaker Lori is the author of Call Center Crazy and The Human Solution: Human Solutions to Every "Unsolvable" Business Problem,
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Lori Kirstein, Founder
The Goodbye Good Girl™ Project LLC
The Feminine Face of Business
Cincinnati, OH 45205
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