Doing the right thing, the right way
Original content by ChangeDriver™
Over the past 50 years, much research has been done on the happiness of people. This research tells us that we experience happiness as a U-shaped curve.
We are happiest in the first phase of our life when we are young, and then gradually become unhappier as we hit the second phase, middle age. That’s when we are overburdened by endless responsibilities and pressures related to work, raising children, paying a mortgage, caring for aging parents and so on.
It’s during this second phase that our desire to do the right things in our work lives, at home and for ourselves becomes eclipsed by the need to simply get through the day and pay the bills. Often, feelings of discontent grow stronger, even if we receive praise or win awards for our achievements.
Many organizations seem to be stuck in the mid-life treadmill.
They work hard, long and furiously to keep up with ever-increasing demands and expectations of clients, technology and employees in an ever-changing world.
Maybe it’s time to pause – to even stop – and consider what we are doing and how we are doing it. Do we have just enough traction to survive and not enough to flourish?
Enter the third phase of life: a model that could make us and our organizations work better. When we reach this phase, research shows we re-orient based on our accumulated knowledge towards the things we are really good at and away from those that waste time. We also use our life experience and much-enhanced ability to assess our surroundings and consider all aspects of our life so we can focus on achieving the outcomes we need and desire most.
How does this apply to organizational development and embracing change?
Organizations become better and better at doing the right things, in the right way when they use their collective knowledge and experience to embrace and adapt to the different phases of their organization. By doing this they can lead the change, and growth of their organization with deliberate intention.