Posted by Bari Schanerman
Friday December 29, 2017
Tribes - Connection
What is a Tribe? There are numerous ways the word is used and I think the author, Sebastian Junger in Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging captures the essence of what it means in this book. In this brief description we get a sense of what this book is about:
“We have a strong instinct to belong to small groups defined by clear purpose and understanding—"tribes." This tribal connection has been largely lost in modern society, but regaining it may be the key to our psychological survival.”
“Combining history, psychology, and anthropology, TRIBE explores what we can learn from tribal societies about loyalty, belonging, and the eternal human quest for meaning. It explains the irony that-for many veterans as well as civilians-war feels better than peace, adversity can turn out to be a blessing, and disasters are sometimes remembered more fondly than weddings or tropical vacations. TRIBE explains why we are stronger when we come together, and how that can be achieved even in today's divided world.”
Earlier this month I wrote about Company Culture – when culture is intentional it addresses many other areas of the business besides the results. I came across an article in the Harvard Business Review this past week about The Culture Factor and couldn’t stop thinking about this line in the story: “When properly aligned with personal values, drives, and needs, culture can unleash tremendous amounts of energy toward a shared purpose and foster an organization’s capacity to thrive.”
When there is a shared purpose it creates the feeling of a tribe within the workplace. The opportunities to create tribes are all around us when we are honest with our intentions and inclusive in our actions. In my experience, most individuals do not choose to be or feel isolated, however, sometimes it is harder to stop and listen to see what they need to engage them in the group. So often we don’t look at the holistic picture when we run a business and forget about the human needs and how to relate them to the purpose of the business. With an intentional culture, the people can self select if this is the business they want to be part of and what value they can add to feel the connection.
As I struggle to understand human behavior in my everyday encounters, many days I conclude that connection and the sense of belonging would change so much for so many. From a Living and Leading with Intenergy ® perspective, knowing what we want or need can help us align our actions to move in a direction that satisfies those desires.
Do you have tribes that you feel the connection and share a purpose? Do you know where or how to find tribes that would energize and inspire you? We have a choice of who we spend our time with more often than we know. Do you exercise your choices?
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