I am becoming aware, more than ever, of the critical role of well-being to successful performance. I’m even seeing it as more relevant than culture as the opportunity to improve organisational performance. Let me explain why. Previously I had considered well-being to be restricted either to individual cases or organisationally in broad terms of employee assistance schemes. Now, however, with a much greater understanding of the simplicity behind all psychological well-being comes the opportunity to exponentially influence outcomes. Alternatively, I now see the complexities of organisational life (and life in general) which come from the point of misunderstanding how the human psychological system works. Expressing it simply, with this understanding comes clarity; clarity about what is the right thing to do moment to moment; imagine the impact of that if everyone in your organisation had it! Efficiency and effectiveness without the grind.
Why is well-being critical to performance? And to be clear I am seeing psychological well-being as probably the main determining factor in physical well-being. We already measure and understand the financial impact of absenteeism, but what about ‘presenteeism’ and the negative impact of anxiety, stress and fearfulness on organisational performance? Intuitively we know that with well-being comes greater energy, heightened creativity and better connection; all bed-rocks of performance.
The great news, for those tasked with improving their team’s or organisation’s performance, is that you can now impact well-being across a group of people and therefore exponentially improve outcomes. What is this understanding? If you see other people or circumstances as directly impacting your experience, i.e. making you feel better or worse, you will take action that either avoids or gets you closer to that situation, depending on whether you judge it to be positive or negative. For example, if you are fearful of looking weak in a presentation you will act to avoid giving a presentation; if you fancy a colleague you will take actions which will bring you into contact with that individual! This is an outside-in way of looking at your experience and you will be giving away elements of power and responsibility to something outside of yourself (“I couldn’t help it…”). However, when you see that your experience is always inside-out, that it is only ever your thinking in the moment, you have the absolute freedom to act based on clarity, with your full power, potential and responsibility intact. With this understanding comes peace of mind, well-being and wisdom and an entirely different level of performance.
If you are interested in exploring more about this understanding of how the mind works or you just want some fresh insights for yourself, we are running an open workshop in Weymouth, 6 – 8th July at the wonderful Belfield House.
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