Meanderings from Jean's Desk....
We measure many things in our company, but there is a relatively new measure, that has me most intrigued.
At our Back To Basics Meeting each quarter, we pass out little handheld voting machines and ask our whole community to weigh in on a scale of one to five, whether or not they feel they are personally thriving and if they feel the teams they are a part of, are thriving.
So what does this ‘thriving’ word mean and why do we care? Webster defines it as ‘characterized by success or prosperity.’
We expand on Webster’s definition defining personal thriving holistically to encompass success and prosperity of body, mind, heart, soul and space. We believe that when we are most balanced and whole we are most able to contribute to the world that which we were born to contribute.
Briefly I’d like to describe each element.
Body: am I doing everything in my power to create the health I will need to support a rich and full life?
Mind: am I committed to growing my individual knowledge and the collective knowledge of the communities of which I am a part?
Heart: are my relationships strong and supportive of my life and am I energized to support all those in the communities of which I am a member.
Soul: am I working in my genius with passion each and every day? Have I taken responsibility for knowing what my genius is; for it is here, where the legacy I leave to the world, is born.
Space: have I surrounded myself with people, environments and things that support my best life. Have I created safe, non-judgmental places for those in my community to stretch and grow and become all of what they are capable?
Notice, I did not mention whether I thought I had enough money because this is a means to an end, as is food, and shelter. As Maslow tells us we must first have our basic needs satisfied to even begin thinking about thriving. There are many for whom this is not the case and it must be addressed first. But for many of us our society has led us to believe that having more of only these is always better. If you have ever met sad and unfulfilled wealthy people, or unhappy overweight people, or unhappy people who live in gigantic houses you know this is not true.
Thriving is about having enough in all five of the areas I mention above and more importantly taking 100% responsibility for getting what is missing and supporting those in our communities to do the same.
Are you thriving? If not, what are you doing about it? If you are in my community, how can I can support you?
Questions, comments for Jean?
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