[New post from Tom Miller – President and founder of Symbolist. You can read more about him and where he’ll be this year on our Leadership page.]
I love that Symbolist gets to help create capacity.
Building and implementing tools that define organizational language, encourage right behaviors and highlight performance, is really meaningful work to me. When we do our job well, an organization becomes a better place to work and human beings benefit. It’s such a cool dynamic – the company gets stronger in multiple ways and the people that work there increase their capacity to live in a way that, in turn, benefits others (family, the Girl Scout troop, the Little League team…)
Now, I’m a capitalist at heart and believe individuals should be free to choose what they do with “capacity” they may have – however it shows up in their lives. But I also believe that in some cases, employees are looking for direction. Sometimes they just don’t know what they can do with their extra capacity.
And I think a company that believes in the “whole person” should help employees find ways to use that capacity.
Can I challenge you to consider how you use the capacity that you or your company might have?
It’s safe to say that anyone reading this blog is looking through a “first-world lens” – we’re thinking about solving the issues in front of us – but NONE of us is dealing with where our next meal will come from, where we will sleep tonight or what will happen to us if we get ill. The World Bank says that 2.4 billion people in the world live on $2 or less per day. That’s a lot of people. They need clean water, food, medical care. And hope.
As an example, the video at the right explains how people took excess capacity and created something great. I can’t tell the story as well as the video embedded here does. Take a moment and watch it – it’s only 3 minutes long. (subscribers may need to click through to see the video.)
I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that when first-world companies create capacity, the humans working there can take that capacity and do amazing things (tweet that quote) – just like in this video.
You can help create more capacity in your organization by making your company a place employees want to grow, want to engage, want to be. You can then help them spread that message in other areas of their lives where it can make a difference.
While there are lots of stories about how that happens – I just think we need more of them.