Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast

The Spirit of Work: Spiritual Awareness for a New Future of Work

February 06, 2024 Marie Gervais Season 7 Episode 4
Culture and Leadership Connections Podcast
The Spirit of Work: Spiritual Awareness for a New Future of Work
Show Notes

Spiritual Awareness for a New Future of Work

Without the experience of work as spiritual, we see only parts of the whole.

Quotes:
“People's behavior starts to autocorrect with self-awareness. Without that self-awareness, it doesn't go anywhere.”

“We can't create a new future of work if we can't imagine something different or better.”

Links:
Website: http://www.shiftworkplace.com

Episode Highlights:
In Episode Two of the "Culture and Leadership Connections" podcast, the focus is on the need for spiritual awareness for a new future of work. The episode begins with a traditional Jewish story about a rabbi whose selfless actions inspire others. The story illustrates the power of leading by example and highlights the importance of spiritual awareness in leadership.

The podcast discusses the concept that humans are spiritual beings, and work is an expression of the soul. It emphasizes the necessity of recognizing the spiritual nature of work and compares it to the story of the blind men and the elephant, suggesting that without a holistic understanding, workplace issues may persist.

I share a personal story about addressing a health issue involving dissolving teeth. I saw a dentist, hygienist, an oral surgeon, and a naturopath. They all had ideas and suggestions on how to help me, but my solution came after seeing a naturopath. I kept wondering, what if the three experts had worked as a team, wouldn’t my teeth have been saved earlier?

The workplace example of holding onto toxic managers for their operational knowledge, despite the emotional and psychological impact on other employees, is presented. Another scenario involving a toxic manager who transforms after a passing comment sparks self-awareness is shared. Our workplaces require us to have a certain level of self-awareness.

Overall, the episode aims to inspire a shift towards spiritual awareness in the workplace for a more positive and respectful environment.

Key Takeaways from the Episode:

Spiritual Nature of Work: The foundational premise is that humans are essentially spiritual beings, and work is an expression of the soul.

Leadership by Example: The episode underscores the power of leadership by example, using a traditional Jewish story about a rabbi whose selfless actions inspire others.

Holistic Perspective: The blind men and the elephant metaphor is used to stress the importance of a holistic perspective in understanding workplace issues.

Transformation through Self-Awareness: A real-life scenario is shared where a toxic manager transforms after a passing comment prompts self-awareness.

Metaphor of Spider's Web: The metaphor illustrates our interconnectedness and shows how each person's actions impact the entire organization.


Reflection Question:
How could your workplace be better if interactions with others were animated by a deep sense of respect for the dignity of others? What would be different?

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