We like the idea of starting the new year talking about regeneration, this time dedicated to our work team. Have you ever wondered what the regeneration looks like if we apply it to ourselves and our organizations?
In many areas of organisational life, and beyond, we seem to be stuck, repeating patterns that do not produce situations that we desire. Many of us can feel inescapably caught in this pattern-repetition, helpless and powerless about the possibility of generating different experiences and outcomes. These experiences become manifest in a fractal way: on an individual level, for example if I feel caught in a job that is depleted of meaning; at the team level, when turnover is too high, leading to an absence of team identity; as an organization, if it fails to adapt to the working needs that the younger generations are symbolizing; or as a society, given that we are becoming more and more aware of the use of a circular economy as the only economic form able to deal with the issues of environmental sustainability, design and ethical fashion and sustainable luxury.
Change management in the 80s and 90s and the transformation programs in this sense have mostly failed, pursuing a linear model geared to profit alone. But it may not be so difficult to revitalize a more natural, circular system, creating the right conditions to promote more natural growth and development.
A phenomenon that we feel very strong and that has the name of REGENERATION.
It is something that has been happening for millions of years in the living world, and this is precisely the reason why its name is "living".
When we look at how life has flourished on this planet we can take several interesting ideas such as: a great interaction between living organisms and non-living organisms (light, minerals, etc.), the fact that what has exhausted its cycle of life dies, making itself available as a nutrient for the next cycle, or that no external help / input is provided to keep alive something that is no longer vital.
So how about trying to seek inspiration from the living ecosystems to bring more life into our psycho-systems and socio-systems? What might regeneration look like if we applied it to ourselves and to our organisations?
Well, the 5 operating principles might now look like this:
So, while you are engaging in a situation that you intend to regenerate ask yourself: how can I increase the interactions that give life here? Where is the life that is trying to blossom and how can I encourage it? What do I need to be able to help what must die to really die, thus fueling the next cycle?
If activated together, you will discover that these 5 principles will bring a lot of power to the regeneration of yourself, your team and your organization.
Post taken from an article written by Matthieu Daum and published on November 19, 2018 on Linkedin.