For an organisation to embrace sustainability to the core, one of the most important elements is engagement with the organisation’s values. Without that, it’s simply lip-service. Without people who live and breathe the values, the organisation is doomed in achieving its goals.
So how can an organisation help people engage with values?
By encouraging them to find their voice.
A culture where people contribute to building the organisation’s values is more likely to be successful over time.
Our three key tips for those seeking to create change by finding their voice:
Share your ideas.
If you’re in a meeting, there’s a good chance you’re there because your view is valued. So make sure you contribute in a meaningful way.
And not just ideas, but contribute in the work you do.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google discusses this concept in his Ted Talk “Where’s Google Going Next?”. It’s a great watch if you have time, but in essence, he leverages the economic concept of “Additionality” as a core philosophy. Additionality is the property of an activity being additional.
It comes together as a mindset of “If I don’t do this, will it happen? What impact will this make?”.
If you approach your presence, thoughts and ideas in the same way, it’s likely your contribution will be far greater.
2. Be Generous.
A notion that features prominently in “The Art of Happiness”, a book that uncovers the key philosophies of the Dalai Lama.
The book explores what it takes to be content with life. A key takeaway is that by distributing compassion equally to others, you are far more likely to find fulfillment and happiness in your own wellbeing.
This concept applies just the same to business. And even more so in the area of sustainability.
Being generous means you are greatly considering the needs of others, and you place value on what you can give to them.
When you take the time to think about what you are giving to others, then the rest just flows naturally. You’ll be excited to share and you’ll be helping build the culture in a positive way.
3. Speak up
It sounds easy, but it’s probably the most difficult part of finding your voice.
If something doesn’t sit right with you, make a conscious effort to resolve it. And fast. Delaying a problem is just a problem within itself.
So learn how to voice your view in a way that’s respectful but firm.
It’s critical. If everyone who faced a concern took the courage to speak up, the world would be a very different place.
Reach out to us if you have any other ideas on how we can improve organisations by contributing to the culture.