A Culture of Fairness in Your Business

Sometimes I wonder how much punishment a business can take. When things do not go as planned and there are severe delays in the system, we all tend to wonder. Then I am not surprised when the people in the business step up to change the situation. It confirms an old and deep-seated believe system I have: “Together, we are so much stronger than we think we are.”


Yet, the belief in our own ability is but one of the building blocks in creating the good life we desire. It also asks that we deliberately create an environment in which we and others can flourish. In business, this flourishing environment is the underlying culture that exists.

There is always a culture present where people come together regularly. Busines owners need to know this. Culture, if not engineered intentionally, will naturally evolve. The latter, unfortunately, allows for the danger of a toxic culture to be present.

One of the essential elements to be built into any culture is fairness.

The lack of fairness is one of the contributing factors of burnout and disengagement. And as Marco Alvera highlights in his TED talk below, it is an expensive ($550 billion per year every year) oversite to not build this in your business culture.

I was impressed by how he argues that improved performance happens in an environment that is experienced as safe enough to make mistakes. This makes so much sense. If you know someone’s got your back, you are more willing to risk and grow.

He also underlines the importance of cultivating the humaneness of the business. The emotional context is as, if not more important than the systems and processes, rules and regulations. Like Maya Angelou said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.

This emotional context need not be one were drama, and soppiness is tolerated. When we expect a lot of people, they usually step up to our expectation. Try to create a vacuum of excellence above a person, and they will spontaneously be sucked into it.

If you would like to create a culture in which fairness is present and do not know precisely how to start, you are welcome to contact me.


Sitting with yourself

I remember a story about a Khoi San tribe that had to be relocated. They were quite exited because they were going to a place that had more advantages for them. So for a few days they marched with vigor and excitement. Then one morning they just sat around. When the officials asked them why they were not going to march, they replied: “We are waiting for our souls to catch up with us.”

Beautiful is it not? I think a lot of us can associate with this story. Our day to day programs are a rush from one appointment to another, one task to be completed before the other can be started and all of them against a deadline. And someway along the line we lose touch with ourselves.

Yesterday I sat with myself for the most of the day. Giving my soul time to catch up with me.

At times it was difficult.Often  I had to stop my mind from reminding me of all the actions on the to do list. Those mental maps that drive us to be productive are very strong. I think it is because we link them to being valuable and worthy. I realized that it is an unnecessarily link. One that was most propably made for us by society. “If you do not performe, you are not valueable.”

It is a bit of a narcissistic societal norm, don’t you think. Basically it says: “As long as you can do thinks for me, you are valuable.”

The truth is we are valuable – full stop. Our value lies in who we are not in what we can do.

Sitting with ourselves acknowledges this primary law of the universe. Sitting with ourselves allows us to enjoy our own beauty. Yes we are beautiful.With our warts and all. The dark side in us in our life accentuates the light. Enjoy both. They are equals.

Only when we can be with ourselves can we start to add value to the world. Not by what we do, but by who we are when we do it.

So, give yourself permission to be yourself. You may sit and do nothing. Enjoy it.

Switch off the brain that wants to make you feel guilty. In fact be rebellious and do nothing in spite of the guilt and to do reminder that tries to hog your attention.

Just sit and let your soul catch up.