Yes, it’s “Words of Wisdom Wednesday” where I literally take a proverb, phrase or quote from the book entitled “8,789 Words of Wisdom” by Barbara Ann Kipfer,Workman Publishing Company, Inc. that seems to resonate with me at the moment and explain the why, what, when or how of it.
Today’s phrase is: Work for companies of good character!
Great, so what are the key elements of good character for a company today and beyond? I am glad you asked!
I suggest that today’s companies of good character are those whose leadership is focused on creating, building and supporting ‘networked intelligence’ (see previous blog post entitled “Networked Intelligence, Can it Help your Organization?“) Where the 4 key elements, those being a) collaboration b) transparency c) sharing and d) empowerment, are thriving.
So, why are these elements so important?
Because it takes leadership with character traits that include passion, compassion, vision, focus, creativity, inspiration; leadership that has the emotional intelligence (EI) to focus on what society is demanding and where the world is going. A leadership that continues to be mindful of its’ profits, the life blood of any organization, and yet understands that its’ success must contribute to the success of others in a meaningful, significant and sustainable fashion. Leadership that understands providing a product or service at the lowest price possible “great value for the buck!” is a short-term unsustainable approach that always exploits.
Hopefully you have your own list of character traits that are important to you, so feel free adjust the list; however, at the end of the day, today’s companies of character are those you can trust, not just by their bottom line performance, but by their leadership and the actions they execute that support the 4 key elements to networked intelligence.
So, how does one get to work for such a company, or find, or even create one for that matter?
Well, the answer to that question is found within you, literally. In order to work for, find or create a company of good character, we need to be of good character.
Here are some questions that will help you be more mindful of your good character and examine if you are working for a company/leadership group with the same good character:
- What are your good character traits? Ask a partner or friend to help, I suggest listing between 3 to 7, whatever makes sense to you.
- Are you supporting those traits with your actions, with your mindset, both at work and at home? (executives tend to compartmentalize, you are you 24 hours a day; there is only one version of you, see previous blog post “Compartmentalizing, is it Good for Leadership Success?“)
- What traits do you find easy to support on a daily basis? Who are you being when you honor your traits during challenging moments?
- What traits do you need to work on? What actions will you take to support that trait? Who do you trust to help you with that, who are accountable to?
- Is the company/leadership group you are currently employed by, or the person you report to, have similar character traits? If not, other than the paycheck, why are you there? What are your options? What action(s) will you commit to doing and by when? Who can you lean on for support and accountability?
As always, I appreciate your comments, feedback and questions.
We become what we think about!