“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi
Our journey from our egos to our hearts involves emotional and spiritual maturity. We realize there is work to do beyond becoming a healthy individual. We must also learn to contribute to others for the sake of creating a flourishing team experience or community.
Identifying with ourselves as individuals can overemphasize our differences with others and we can easily slip into “better than” or “not good enough thinking.” This leads to separation in the form of a competitive mindset. This motivates us towards improving ourselves, but primarily to gain an advantage or win.
Athletic coaches and business leaders work hard to expand their people’s perspective to a team or organizational identity. One of my clients referred to this as shifting from a Little Us mindset to a Big Us mindset. When we develop our own hearts we naturally care about the larger group. This occurs when we begin to see that underneath the external differences, our commonality with others is even more prevalent.
Seeing and experiencing commonality in the people we work with opens up communication, learning, and caring about one another. This larger identity leads us to a growing sense of ownership and responsibility for the success of everyone on the team or organization. This unified identity and focus, then, creates the possibility for exponential improvement for a larger win, well beyond what is possible when we are working alone.
The Six Sections in Part Two:
  1. Coaching and Being Coachable: Learn from Every Direction
  2. The Power of Good News: Appreciate It or Take It for Granted at Your Peril
  3. Building Trust: Care About What Is Important to Others
  4. Unlocking Team Creativity: Listen Deeply…Even More Deeply Than That
  5. The Wisdom Worker: The Emerging 21st Century Solution
  6. Accountability with Heart: The Art of Tough Love

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