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Unlocking Growth for Organizations and Idealists Like You

Why Joy Matters

Organizations are made up of people — and so they are only as effective, functional, and happy as the people who make them up. 

In order to unlock growth of an organization, we have to have to unlock the potential within its people. There's just no other way to do it. Our organizations, companies, and causes reflect the consciousness, performance, and awareness of their members.

As people, what we care about and why matters. It impacts our ability to unlock our potential — and to unlock the potential of the people around us. We call this passion. In other words, to create growing organizations, we have to tap into the passions of the people within those organizations. We have to find out what they care about.

Often our clients can't quite articulate what fuels their passions. So we start with a simple and yet provocative question: "What brings you joy?" The answer to that question is a magnificent window into our values. It helps us see our values and the values our team members express in every conversation, decision, and day.

Topics: Leadership Strategy Plenty Values Jeff Shuck Jennifer Mulholland Organizational Alignment Teams

The Cost of Misalignment

Have you ever been in a situation where all the stars seemed to be aligned for success — but the success didn't materialize? You had a talented set of people, a great idea, and a strong brand. And yet things never quite got off the ground.

You know what happens next: Everyone tries to explain what didn't work and why. Marketing thinks it was because the advertising budget was too small. Development thinks it was because the technology was old. IT thinks it was because the branding was poor. And executives aren't sure what to think.

Topics: Strategy Plenty Jeff Shuck Jennifer Mulholland Organizational Alignment Classy Collaborative

Getting Comfortable with Growth

Growth is all around us. We see it in how the leaves fall from autumns trees to them prepare for a winter season rest and recovery. We see it in the people around us, perhaps in how our children quickly outgrow their new clothes, or in how an old friend has become more reflective or jaded with time. And we see it, sometimes, in ourselves -- maybe when we find a picture from several years ago and compare it to the face we see in the mirror.

Topics: Inspiration Wellbeing Plenty Jeff Shuck Jennifer Mulholland Classy Collaborative Growth

Wellbeing in Work and Life

The pace of life is increasing exponentially. Our schedules are full, we are pulled in a multitude of directions, and stress levels are high. Stress is real. Stress is damaging. Stress is hurtful.

Topics: Inspiration Wellbeing Plenty Jeff Shuck Jennifer Mulholland Classy Collaborative Growth

Mapping a Healthier Ocean with Project AWARE

Last week we had the honor to host the global team from Project AWARE in HeartSpace for the second year in a row to take part in Meridian, our strategy retreat. Ocean advocates, divers, and leaders from Australia, the U.K., France and the U.S. brought their heads and hearts together to Park City, Utah and trusted us to guide them through an immersive four-day experience. Not only did we fill over 75 pages of flip charts, we reviewed three different staff assessments and input from a survey to thousands of donors. We also embarked on adventures indoors and outdoors including hiking, biking and yoga that aligned, inspired and connected their team and ours.

Topics: Strategy Community

Synchronicity and Strategy

You probably notice it all around you in your personal life. A colleague mentions he is going to see Madama Butterfly after work, and when you walk out of the office you notice a half dozen monarch butterflies flittering in the bushes by the sidewalk. You wake thinking of a friend and pick up your phone to see you just received a text message from her. You daydream about taking a vacation and later open an email announcing a sale on airfares. You consistently see 11:11 on your phone when you go to make a call.

You likely notice these relationships all around — the connections, interconnections, and too-uncanny-to-be-coincidences that seem to follow us, tempt us, and tease us every day. Carl Jung, the analytical psychologist, coined the term "synchronicities" to describe these relationships, which he defined as "meaningful coincidences." In Jung's view, there is something special going on under the rational universe, a connectedness that shows itself to us from time to time, when we pay attention.

Is it possible that these same meaningful coincidences exist in our organizations? And further, can we take advantage of them in our strategy? In our experience, the answer is yes and yes — if your team is awake and aware, and if your strategy is flexible and dynamic enough to support it.

Topics: Strategy

Putting Out The Fire

One thing that all of history's great masters, leaders, and world-changers agreed on is that solving problems takes different strategies, thinking, and emotions than the strategies, thinking, and emotions of the problems themselves.

Hate is never right, period. Hating those who hate creates a cycle of escalation, not of resolution. They bring fists to a gathering, so you bring clubs. You bring clubs so they bring guns. They bring guns so you call the National Guard. The cycle almost always ends tragically. 

Topics: Leadership Community