“We want to make sure employees can bring their whole self to work”.
Andrew Mackenzie, CEO BHP Billiton
At the 2015 Annual General Meeting held in Perth, CEO of BHP Billiton, Andrew Mackenzie said “we want to make sure employees can bring their whole self to work”.
That’s quite a concept for anyone who though they had a personal life and a work life. We have one life, and here has been a growing awareness that when we allow our strengths to shine through, all areas of our life improve.
There are two parts to this:
Part One: What are you doing to ensure you can take your whole self to work?
Are you in the right organization and the right role for this?
Are you doing what you love to do or do you dread Monday morning?
Have you reset your goals in alignment with where you are now and what your responsibilities are?
Part Two: What are you doing to create an environment for your team and colleagues so they can bring their whole self to work?
If you are responsible for managing a team, have you got any strategic interventions planned that are designed to bring out the best of your team?
Human capital is the biggest asset of many companies (and your mind is your own personal biggest asset!). Let me know if you’d like more information on how you could experience a turning point in your organization.
Why is it important from a personal point of view to bring your “whole self” to everything you do?
When a disaster happens, it makes us question everything. Life is too short to spend time doing stuff that doesn’t add value to your life in some way.
When is now a good time to get clear on what you want, and to take the actions to get there?
This week has been very sobering indeed. Don’t wait for something external to force you to make changes. Start with being grateful for those you love and for what you have. Look at your “whole self” and appreciate everything it entails.
When you can bring your “whole self” to the table, you give permission for everyone around you to do the same.