Enriching organizational success
rather than life
that nourish the people who work in them will be enriched in multiple
ways - attracting the energy that sustains and
reinforces its continuing success. Ecological thinking is
second nature for life-sustaining organizations.
Art of the Future's approach to life-sustaining organizations integrates the organization's purpose with it's places and policies to support rather than inhibit the efficiency, effectiveness and innovation of its employees.
Organizations that provide a
great physical and social environment...
Strategies - When and
Life-sustaining strategy is a way
of initiating and responding to change in ways that make transitions
exciting and engaging for employees and, therefore, successful for the
organization. The Life-Sustaining initiative can be
implemented at any time. It is most important when effective
action is required to successful steer through the
rapids of business growth and change. Here are a few examples of
such critical junctures...
– The business has grown rapidly and it time to introduce professional management. You want to do this without a major disruption to the vitality, pride and sense of accomplishment that has characterized the staff's attitude up to this point.
– Your organization is moving from high growth into a more mature phase. How will you continue to attract the best and the brightest to maintain your competitive edge?
– Your mature business is posed to leap to the next growth curve – betting the business on new products, new markets, new directions, etc.
The innovation challenge
As the external environment in nearly every field continues change rapidly at an accelerating pace, how do you respond? Those organizations that survive and thrive, act with foresight – creatively and dynamically. As a result, they are able to attract and retain scarce talent and maintain growth in sales and revenue.
The impact on the social system of change in the workforce (size, gender, racial, cultural, geographic, generational, etc.) can be energizing or enervating depending on how the changes are managed. Life-sustaining environments can help organizations build a working environment that employees, customers, community and supplier networks are attracted to, understand and relate to naturally.
New members entering or existing members leaving affects the organization's social system. Life-sustaining environments introduces new members in a way that benefits both the new member and the existing system, paying particular attention to the integration of high creatives. It also helps the organization adjust to the loss of key members.
Merger & acquisition
What makes an organization life-sustaining?
An organization that people love to join and hate to leave strikes a finely-tuned balance between four key system forces:
Differentiation and Commonality
Differentiation = reflection of the complexity of organizational issues and environments, specialization
Commonality = shared information, knowledge of how to do, structure that yields common behavior, language, cognition
Integration and Individuality
Integration = shared excitement and commitment to mission, values, sense of purpose
freedom of the
whole human being to be him/herself in the workplace; an acknowledgment
whole human being coming in the door rather than a one dimensional view
turns a person into an object
We are all becoming more aware of the impact that our organizations are having on nature. Organizations that are consistently pro-active stewards of the environment will attract and hold creative talent who share these values.
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