This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2010 ISSN # 1545-8873
“There can be no vulnerability without risk; there can be no community without vulnerability; there can be no peace, and ultimately no life, without community.” — M. Scott Peck, MD, The Road Less Traveled
“The hard stuff is the easy stuff. The soft stuff is the hard stuff. The soft stuff is much harder than the hard stuff.” — Tom Melohn, President of North American Tool and Die
“Work can provide the opportunity for spiritual and personal, as well as financial growth. If it doesn’t, then we’re placing far too much emphasis on it … Good management is largely a matter of Love … Because proper management involves caring for people, not manipulating them.” — James Autrey, Love and Profit
“The highest spiritual calling today is not of a monk, priest or minister in a church, mosque or synagogue, but a manager of people in business.” — M. Scott Peck, MD, The Road Less Traveled
Truly great workgroups and organizations are difficult to describe, but have an easily felt and recognized spirit of community. While these organizations face just as many problems as their competitors, employee commitment to each other and the company is exceptionally high. Work, no matter the industry, is meaningful. There is a depth of communication and authenticity when needed. Difficult issues and conflict are addressed. People relate with respect.
Most organizations and workgroups, however, are challenged with common but frustrating people issues such as: office politics, hidden agendas, lack of alignment, mistrust and ineffective communication. This is especially true in hard times.
The concept and experience of “community in the workplace” was popularized by M. Scott Peck M.D., the renowned late author of The Road Less Traveled. Community Building is a method for improving communication and relationships – as well as a philosophy of management.
The shift into community is often quite sudden and dramatic. The change is palpable. A spirit of trust and peacefulness pervades the workgroup. There is a natural rhythm to conversations and communication, with real listening. Now that it is a community it is ready to go to work, making decisions, planning, negotiating, etc. with phenomenal efficiency and effectiveness.
Exercises And Action Items:
Public Community Building Workshops: Ed Groody and Associates.
Love and Profit, video with James Autry: Video Of Love & Profit: The Art of Caring Leadership.
Key Associates offers leadership training and community visioning events. Contact us for more information.
A location for community-building: Community Building.
Seven principles, social media, and marketing: The Seven Principles of Community Building.
M. Scott Peck’s page: M. Scott Peck.
Keyzines on related topics: Spirit at Work, Teams, Facilitation, Trust and Integrity, Organizational Culture, Speaking from the Heart, Effective Listening, Valuing Diversity, Dialogue: Thinking Together, Building Community, Having Difficult Conversations, Relationship Building, and Civility.
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