Go Beyond Sustainable to Thrive in the New Year
As you end one year and look forward to the next, what are you hoping for? What vision do you have for your organization, your team and yourself?
After working with clients for years to help them become more sustainable, it becomes clear that the bar should be set much higher. Sustainability implies doing less harm, taking no more from the earth than we can return. What if instead of settling for becoming sustainable, we seek to become vibrant, to thrive, and to flourish?
This doesn’t mean we don’t abandon efforts towards sustainability. Within this work we find tremendous opportunity to infuse meaning into our work, our cultures and our lives. By taking the time to reflect on this work, we find deeper insights, drive greater innovations, and engage more stakeholders.
As with most change, this starts with leadership. Thriving, vibrant leaders create organizations and societies that prosper and flourish. Leaders benefit from practices of mindfulness and reflection. We are faced with going beyond implementing the best practices of today, to creating the next practices for how we will operate tomorrow. Doing so means tapping into the best of the past and present, and building a more vibrant future.
My recent post on the AMACOM Books Blog on the “Difference Between Sustainable and Flourishing” provides additional insights on this topic.
As you move into the new year, move beyond incremental progress. Go forward with thoughts of thriving and flourishing. Engage people in and out of your organizations to adopt new, fresh mindsets about what’s possible. Create compelling visions and strategies and foster vibrant cultures.
Learn more about ways to transform today’s challenges into new and exciting opportunities by reading my book: The New Corporate Facts of Life.
All the best for a prosperous, flourishing 2014!