Is our company a machine?

In business and in life, we want things to run smoothly. But, should this be our primary driver?

This week we are looking at some lessons from Dr. Daniel Friedland, author of the terrific book, Leading Well from Within.

Danny suggests we can choose to see an organization as either a machine or a living, breathing organism. A machine has a function. The goal is to eliminate errors and maximize efficiency. When something breaks, we aim to fix it.  Fast.    

An organism is an evolving life form, a complex system capable of growth and reproduction. Danny suggests in our role as leaders, viewing our organizations as living, breathing organisms is an unlocking move. Efficiency is good, but there is a higher aspiration: to advance relationships in which work gets done. The greater goal is to inspire people to unlock their potential, purpose and ownership.  

Our end is not finite, but infinite – to spark on-going growth and evolution. To create this type of environment, trust is essential. We aim to humanize our company and create space where people feel comfortable sharing their ideas, their opinions, and their passion. Becoming this type of organization also inspires other organizations to imagine what is possible and embark on this path.

Learn, stretch, dream, go!  Inspire and empower others to do the same.

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Reflection:  What am I doing as a leader to inspire others to realize their potential?

Action:  Take one action or have one conversation today to spark the learning and growth of someone on my team.

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