Tanis Helliwell, author of Take Your Soul to Work (Random House) shares 11 ways to create a healthy organization.
How many of these are you and your organization currently doing? What do you need to start doing?
#1) Recognize that we are all in this together
We need to break the barriers that separate “them” and “use”
#2) Embrace Diversity
Diversity adds flexibility and additional perspectives, which add depth and breadth to a company’s structure, products and service.
#3) Celebrate what was good in the past
What are the best qualities from old-style organizations that can be incorporated into new organizations?
#4) Develop new criteria for success
Success in traditional organizations has been a substantial annual profit. Think differently.
#5) Empower ourselves and others
People who are doing what they love, sparkle.
#6) Work in our sphere of influence
Are we using our life energy railing about things we cannot influence?
#7) Share freely
The fear of scarcity – that there is not enough money and power and that we have to guard against others who want to take everything from us.
#8) Support play, creativity and informality
Without joy, there is no optimism.
#9) Ask for authority to solve problems
The hierarchical organization structure where a few bright people with all the answers sit at the top telling all the less bright workers what to do no longer works.
#10) Recognize and develop vision
One of the great problems among our leaders today is that long-range vision is absent.
#11) Practical ethics
If we reward ethical people and penalize those that are not ethical, we will build trust and commitment within our organizations.
Any of these tips from Helliwell will help you and your organization.