Ever been "part of something" ... but at the same time felt REALLY disengaged?
Some years ago, I volunteered for an organization and attended meetings almost every week for three years. Even attended regular leadership gatherings. It was a worthwhile cause in a very reputable organization. I cared about what we were seeking to do and wanted the mission to succeed.
However, something just felt like it was missing. Missing inside me.
After three years, I happened to mention that I was senior pastor of a church for 10 years and had run a non-profit.
"What?? I had no idea!" was the response. "When did you do that?"
It just never came up! Almost all of our talk was about the task and the work we were doing together. As you might imagine, they felt stunned. But, sad to me... I realized I wasn't really known.
Guess, what? In all those years, I was there... but not fully there. Engaged.... but in many ways DISENGAGED.
Have you ever been part of something and felt disengaged?
Showing up seemed like a chore
You felt more tired or drained afterwards than excited.
You wondered if there was a way to quit politely.
You wondered if others felt like you did.
"It’s zombieland out there for the American workforce. Gallup’s ongoing “State of the American Workforce” survey reveals that America is largely a nation of working automatons, with most people not feeling emotional ties to what they do and sizable numbers actively seeking to sabotage their colleagues and managers. "
Gallup’s ongoing “State of the American Workforce” survey reveals that America is largely a nation of working automatons, with most people not feeling emotional ties to what they do and sizable numbers actively seeking to sabotage their colleagues and managers. "
LISTEN TO THEM AS THEY SHARE THEIR STORY.
Ask them to "imagine an island where you were really able to live into the very best you"
"What would that dream scenario of utilizing your best gifts, abilities and passions look like?" What would you be doing?
What would you be accomplishing?
What would you attain for yourself? And for the organization?
What is the good, the bad, the ugly? (No condemnation allowed.)
Everyone has junk in their way. Great leaders and coaches help others clear those things and create, as coach Bill Baren called it, "the boat" to travel to their island.
Organizations that help others get to their "isle of full potential" are the ones that people beat down the doors to get in to!
Of course, it starts by you asking those questions for yourself.
But - What if you were to invite others to those questions. (those who work for you. Those you mentor. Your clients.)
Try it! And if you do, I would love to hear how it goes!
May just be the end of zombieland as we know itEver been "part of something" ... but at the same time felt REALLY disengaged?
May just be the end of zombieland as we know it!
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