“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.” – Declaration of Independence of the United States of America.
We tend to think that we owe it to ourselves to be happy, but we must take it one step further and acknowledge that our happiness is tightly inter-connected with our employees, co-workers, vendors and customers happiness. Happiness and unhappiness are both contagious.
There has been tons of research that prove that true, long lasting, and satisfying happiness is not solely based on the amount of material things you accumulate over your time on this planet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good to have things, but it’s not the single element to fulfilling happiness. The following are some initial thoughts:
There is an important variable in creating an environment of Mutual Benefit…appreciating what you have at this moment. We must look at what we have now, as well as looking into the future for our vision.
You must put off creating a Mutual Benefit culture until you have more profit, or more customers or better processes. You must see the opportunities that are right before you and acknowledge the parts that are already in place.
You will never achieve our goals if you are always waiting for some time in the future to begin your journey.
You must realize that many people and departments are already creating a Mutual Benefit culture. It is already happening in our company, so celebrate them now!
Now…today…during this holiday season. Just do it…don’t wait! It is more than just asking a few questions and having a discussion. It is how you ask the questions and leverage the answers you get. You and your employees know that it will not come to anything unless there is a plan to follow up.