Dignity as a Birthright
our founding principle
click the image above for a brief statement from Co-Founder and President of Momentum Consulting, Marlene Clark.
“We respect Dignity as a birthright, and it is always to be honored.”
– Founding Principle: Momentum Consulting, Inc.
With all that is going on in the world, I can think of no more important topic than safety, starting with the right to feel safe for your own life and the lives of those you care about.
There are many people contributing thought-provoking and soul-searching stories about this right now. I have found it difficult to find the words for what I am feeling. So I will start with sharing what I do know, and that is how to create an emotionally safe environment amongst a small group of people who are working as an intact team.
So, I am sharing this post written 6 months ago, as it relates to our current challenges:
Recently, we had the opportunity to take a leadership team offsite for two and a half days. Our job was to guide them in creating an environment where it was safe for them to speak up. Their new leader had a solid commitment to break down the barriers and silos that had formed under previous leadership.
At some point on the morning of day two, the feeling of safety became palpable in the room. A real and new level of depth in the conversation started to happen and then highly valuable information began to be exchanged.
They were able to put things on the table and own up to the impacts they had unknowingly had on each other. They started to realize what this had cost them in their productivity with each other and within their teams. They admitted how emotionally drained and exhausted they had become.
And then, an authentic dialogue took place, which led to identifying key factors and initiatives that were not being fulfilled. They became genuinely excited about how they could lead accountability throughout the organization – at all levels.
This organization is now engaged in creating a new culture by design, versus the one they had inherited by default.
What made that possible was a safe environment to talk about where it had not been safe, at all, up to that point. It takes courage, conviction, and true commitment from leadership. And it is very possible, and not all that complicated, once you choose to no longer tolerate a toxic environment.
The leadership team identified the fundamental behaviors they’re committed to living up to each day, and to expect from themselves, their teams, their client members, and with their families. We’ve partnered with them to roll this plan out to the entire organization. There has been a unanimous and enthusiastic response to this newly designed way of interacting with each other. There’s a relief people feel, knowing they have the safety to be themselves, contribute and to speak up.
Do you encourage those around you to speak up?
And when they do, do you listen to what they have to say? How are you doing at creating a safe place where it’s not only okay, it’s required for people to voice their valid concerns, especially when it comes to the safety for themselves and others.
You never know what might get created by doing this.
All my best,
Fundamental #6: CREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. Safety requires accountability, awareness and diligence. Never take shortcuts that compromise yours or others’ safety. Performance thrives in a safe environment. Make it safe for yourself and for others to speak up.