Now imagine you entered a messy house. Describe the thoughts and feelings that come to your mind. There is anxiety among them. Maybe you get an impulse to clean it up or wish someone else cleaned it up because it is not your responsibility. Sometimes, you find yourself constantly entering a messy house, and you learn to somehow suppress these feelings and eventually get used to it. In that case, your discomfort and anxiety don't disappear, they just get tucked away somewhere in your mind. It will reach a point when you will no longer remember why you don't feel completely at peace or how to fix your well-being. Your well-being is important and necessary for you and everyone and everything around you. You can extrapolate the effects of mess in any aspect of life and observe in the people around you how they don't look completely at peace. We all affect each other.
Interesting fact is that once you start cleaning, the garbage will present itself to you fast ready to be thrown out. Have you ever paid attention? You keep finding trash everywhere until the last trash leaves your living space and you finally attain peace. It is a great feeling. Imagine if everyone started cleaning any trash (all the negativity and actual physical mess) from their lives and did not impose negativity on others (e.g. news channels), oh, what an environment we could all live in! I believe this process started. People are awakening.
How does this concept apply at work? How do you do organizing and cleaning at work?
Order requires the organizer. Just like with any talent, e.g. leadership, organizers emerge. It is very evident in teamwork. In a team everyone sees everyone's skills clearly. People with organizational skills emerge and become visible. They can take seemingly non-cohesive and uncontrollable things and create simple and clear processes and work flows. They can visually and verbally communicate to the rest of people how everything will work, what needs to be done, who can do what and by when. Everyone can see and track the overall progress for themselves and know exactly how their work is affecting the overall goal. This emergence of talents and everyone's acceptance of each other's talents is harmony. It is order of life. It is peace.
This seems like a simple common sense thing. Recall, however, where do most of your work frustrations come from? Usually, it is because talents don't have a chance to emerge. In other words, because people are not doing what they are good at for whatever reason. And because some talents are wrongfully downplayed compared to others and the value system is completely skewed in the wrong direction.
This leads to situations where sometimes you have too many cooks that pull things in different directions. In other times, no one seems to want to assume responsibility. Or the skewed value system encourages some people to overexert themselves into something they cannot actually do by being wrongfully motivated by negative agents like money, power, vanity, ego. I don't need to list all these agents - you all know them and you all know they are not good for you and they don't bring peace. The result is general apathy, territorialism, fear, defensiveness, and a whole host of other negative agents and hence, low productivity.
So, let's organize and clean our house! Let's get rid of trash internally and outside! Let us be true to ourselves and to each other! Every talent is equal in its value and important. Let's have courage to let everyone's talents shine and create organized and productive environment where we can all create to the maximum potential we have and leave in peace. Serving others with our true talents is order and harmony that bring peace. Happy New Year!
Posted by Nilufar Salama of www.salamatrade.com on 9/15/2016. SALAMA INTERNATIONAL - Providing Value in Growing Your International Business.
January 15, 2015