That is why in this article I will take you through 3 alternative perspectives of growth: 1) the people and teams perspective, 2) the happiness at work perspective, 3) the ability to change perspective. Thus there will be more “thinking holes” possible. What is your favorite view?
1. People and Teams Perspective
Cooperation x Bonds = Growth
When people get involved in creativity, beautiful things are created. But when people work together, but have no real connection, mutants also arise. We see this in the financial world, but also on a global scale:
Obviously, we need a deeper (personal) connection or connection with local (eco) systems to make the collaboration really beneficial.
Looking from this perspective, growth can only arise from people and teams who know each other, who give to each other and, by working together on a synergistic basis, create value for themselves, the other and the environment or the ecosystem/network in which they exist.
The fruits of this cooperation and interdependence add value on several fronts, but not at the expense of the system through which the cooperation takes place.
2. Perspective of happiness at work
Happiness at work x intention = growth
When people are really happy with the work they do, they feel good. They feel that they are contributing to something and that they are doing important work. Happiness at work is contagious and affects the culture of the company in which you experience it.
But this happiness at work can only be maintained in the long run if there is a right intention behind it. Most people are unable to continue to feel happy at work when the intent behind that action causes negative consequences for other people or ecosystems.
Looking from this perspective, growth can only come about when happiness at work goes hand in hand with the intent to help others. Happiness at work is part of service and this service generally only pays off in the long run.
The result is the pursuit of long-term business happiness with intent in the right place. With the accepted result that this sometimes leads to slower growth, it is expressed in sales and profit figures.
3. Perspective of the ability to change
Ability change x moral compass = growth
Humans can’t help it: we have to grow because that’s part of our nature. But growth really means nothing more than transformation or change. And when you are able to change without friction, it is easier to grow, provided you use a moral compass.
For example, many entrepreneurs have a certain ability to change their DNA. They are able to see and seize opportunities like no other. To detect threats and deal with them early. But when this tendency arises solely from opportunism or risk aversion, it reduces the chance of sustainable growth.
When the ability to change is coupled with a moral compass, the world is open to growth that we may not even be able to understand: growth driven by change, out of fear of what is to come.
Which perspective do you choose?
Neither of these views is the truth, because truth is by definition subjective. But playing with perspective often opens doors to thinking that were previously closed.
As Einstein once said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same way of thinking that has been created.”
What is your way of thinking about growth?
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