It’s no secret that I love my work as a podcast co-host and an organizational change consultant. As a co-host of The HumanCurrent, there are two questions that I am frequently asked: how do we (my co-host and I) practice what we talk about in our podcast and how do we live out our Twitter handle @Letsworkhappy. I love these questions so much that I’ve written this blog to share some of our practices.
My hope is that everyone can experience happiness at work and perhaps by me sharing these favorite practices, you can apply at least one of them at your work. Cheers to working happy!
Bringing our whole self to work is essential for us to thrive as humans and companies to survive in today’s environment. I was thrilled (and relieved) to learn that there are thousands, perhaps even millions, of people who also believe that our whole selves cannot be separated into parts and that this was increasingly being practiced in companies around the world.
So, if connection strengthens social networks, why do we constantly resort to rejection or isolation as a way to “resolve” social issues?
When using this tactic, we create a cycle of deflection, where the person or ‘problem’ is consistently pushed out of one system and into another. But, this mindset which is geared toward eliminating the problem, is in itself, a problem.
At their core, complexity and design thinking are utilized by people who keep an open-mind, holding space for new perspectives and ideas. They flex their mind muscles with much practice, expanding their points of view by making an effort to, at a minimum, acknowledge other perspectives. These people are curious and their non-linear thinking is driven by emotional intelligence; because there isn’t room for ego, stubbornness, or rigidity when evaluating systems. Using a “systems lens” requires tailored behavior, a fine-tuning of self, in order to gain clarity.