Finding the sacred
Recently I heard Arianna Huffington speaking about what’s sacred to her in the context of her life, part of which is being a successful leader – Huffington Post and now Thrive Global.
What she reminded me of is that small tweaks can make a big difference to us and to those around us. A helpful jog if we have a responsibility for others.
How clear are we on what’s sacred to us …the conditions that help us flow? It may be about how well our contribution is valued, or having an appropriate amount of challenge/stretch. It may be about having a rounded life experience.
Often what’s sacred is connected to our wider lives and our wider system – commitments, connections and relationships we invest in which we perceive/decide aren’t part of the workplace yet we carry within us. And yet in reality there’s an interdependence between all aspects of our lives and a delicate balance to maintain, rather than the neat compartments we sometimes seek to create.
Getting clear on what’s sacred for us and making the necessary adjustments or changes is vital if we want to do our best work in service of our self, colleagues, organisation and wider society.
And we must apply the same principles to our colleagues – getting to know what’s sacred to them by asking and then helping them honour that where we can. For example, moving a team meeting by 15 minutes may enable a colleague to take their child to school on a particular day or attend a weekly fitness session/yoga class/health appointment or the like. It’s a small tweak that could make a huge difference to the sense of connection they make with their day and the person that shows up for work.