The global business environment is a changing landscape. Fiscal results are often the dominant focus, whilst organisational health, resilience and sustainability can inadvertently become impacted resulting in increased stress levels and strained relationships, often at a hidden cost that can reduce organisational capability, and in turn diminish productivity.
An associated leadership challenge can be that leaders are focused on achieving results, rather than on the motivation and well-being of their teams.
A key ingredient to organisational health, resilience and sustainability is the extent and level of authenticity of ‘group membership’ and social cooperation.
From a culture perspective an organisation can consider its cultural dimensions in the context of ‘individualistic’ or ‘collectivist’.
When we consider the notion of an ‘individualist’ culture, the individual is more focused on personal interests than those of the collective, and the weave of the relationship fabric often lacks trust and integrity. From a ‘collectivist’ culture perspective the interests and welfare of the group becomes the primary focus. Relationship fabric is strong, authentic and a high degree of loyalty exists.
A functional workplace revolves around a high level of social cooperation, organisational awareness around role clarity and expectations, and of importance the level of leadership support.
Several questions we can ask as leaders of an organisation are:
“How would we describe the level of ‘group membership’ and social cooperation in the organisation?”
“Does our leadership actively consider the psychological well-being of self as a leader, and of the people within the organisation?”
“Are our organisational practices fostering long term sustainability?”
Our Organisational Coaching focuses on enhancing both self and organisational awareness at the leadership level. We explore organisational practices and the levels of Social and Emotional Intelligence that contribute towards building increased social cooperation fostering organisational health, resilience, and sustainability.
We are mindful that under the current circumstances many of our teams are dispersed and working remotely. We are also mindful that maintaining a ‘sense of group membership’ is paramount during these times. We look forward to discussing how our coaching can support you in this area.
Sustainability is the capacity to endure through renewal, maintenance, and sustenance, or nourishment, in contrast to durability, the capacity to endure through unchanging resistance to change. For humans in social systems or ecosystems, sustainability is the long-term maintenance of responsibility, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions, and encompasses the concept of stewardship, the responsible management of resource use.