There was an article in the latest Harvard Business Review reporting the results of a study that aimed to describe the ideal organization.  Authors Rob Goffee and Gareth Jones spent three years asking executives what characteristics the best company on earth to work for would possess. 

They arrived at a list of six:
> You can be yourself.
> You’re told what’s really going on.
> Your strengths are magnified.
> The company stands for something meaningful.
> Your daily work is rewarding.
> Stupid rules don’t exist.

This list didn’t seem lofty or unreachable, and it seemed like most organizations could make strides toward infusing these elements into their culture and routines.  

Think about your own situation.  How would you rate your organization on each of these characteristics?  If you are a supervisor, what do you think you do best and where do you need to devote more attention?  Would your employees agree? 

You don’t need three years for an elaborate study, but it would be worth the time to gather some feedback on where you stand in these areas.  Most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work.  It’s worth some time on reflection and redirection to try and make it the best we can be.  

— beth triplett
leadershipdots.blogspot.com
@leadershipdots
leadershipdots@gmail.com

* “Creating the Best Workplace on Earth”, Harvard Business Review, May 2013

About the Author leadership dots by dr. beth triplett

Dr. beth triplett is the owner of leadership dots, offering coaching, training and consulting for new supervisors. She also shares daily lessons on her leadershipdots blog. Her work is based on the leadership dots philosophy that change happens through the intentional connecting of small steps in the short term to the big picture in the long term.

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