An interesting quote jumped out at me from Brian Robertson’s article on the History of Holacracy®:
“build the healthiest possible system where people thrive.”
Reimo Sandau, who I met in the afternoon, emphasized the word choice to me: “thrive”.
We have been struggling to clearly capture our company purpose in words for quite some time. “Structure & Process” is WHAT we build, WHAT we deliver. But WHY do we do it? What is the _purpose_ of building structures & processes? What are we really working for or towards? WHY is this work important?
Yesterday, we captured this formally in our company purpose for the first time: “Effective collaboration through clear structure and process” became: “People thriving in collaboration, through clear structure & process”.
It is longer and maybe not as smooth, but it is a start to put at the centre of our purpose the core of what this really is about: People. “Thriving.” Living, learning and growing as they work together. Being fully alive.
intransitive verb \ˈthrīv\
: to grow or develop successfully : to flourish or succeed
This may evolve into “people and organisations thriving” if we consider organisations to have a life of their own, but this will be up to a future governance meeting to decide. :)
Joyful work. Meaningful conversations. Clarity of purpose.
If you’d like to join us, there is plenty of work to be done! We are grateful for new collaborators and for opportunities to apply our skills – helping people thrive in collaboration. Let us know if you see any potential in your environment!
Have a great summer.