Best organizational health – recovery

By August 22, 2012Leader

 

Individual best health depends on organizational best health. I spent a valuable portion of my professional career working in behavioral health. Organizations and individuals all suffer tragedies from time to time.  Many similarities exist between organizational improvement and personal recovery. For example, an addicted person follows a longstanding behavior without question. The behavior affects the addict negatively, even tragically, but definitely results in poor performance.  Resistance to change is fierce. The addict will not be forced to change. When the addict perceives the hopeless of the addiction, usually in a heightened state of collapse and despair, he or she becomes open to exploring new behavior patterns and significant belief systems become rearranged, thus creating positive change and subsequent improvement. Paradoxically, hope evolves from despair or surrender. Healing occurs first in the spirit, then in the mind and last in the body.

When an organization suffers a tragedy, it also recovers first in spirit, then in the mind and finally in the body. An organization recovers by rebuilding its spirit (mission) by embracing and focusing on its mission in all areas of operation. Next it strengthens the mind (leadership) by rebuilding coalitions, aligning collaborations, and rounding to maximize employee and patient experience.  Finally, it heals the body (staff, processes and systems) by mindfully involving all stakeholders.
Have you experienced organizational recovery? How has it recovered?
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  • Sue Spivack says:

    thanks for this Danny. I particularly love these 2 sentences:” Paradoxically, hope evolves from despair or surrender. Healing occurs first in
    the spirit, then in the mind and last in the body.” So relevant to so many of life’s adventures.

    • Danny says:

      Thanks Sue. My Uncle Leon turned me on to

        Esoteric Healing

      when I was in my 20’s. The spirit, the mind, the body has stuck with me ever since. In the past 10 years I’ve applied it to organizational health as well. Very helpful frame! All these years as a student of individual and organizational health – I didn’t know all this was in me.

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