Your Result

Languishing

Your results reveal that your organization may be Languishing in building a workplace for human thriving.

Summary

Although this can feel a bit demoralizing, take heart. It is not uncommon during particular stages of an organization’s lifecycle. During start-up and/or periods of great transition, leaders often find activities that prioritize human thriving take a back seat as the focus is (appropriately!) on the organization’s survival.

Do these resonate with you?

01.

Leaders aren’t trained and lack the tools they need to lead people.

Often hired for their functional expertise and then promoted, these leaders are well-intended but unaware of the opportunities for a more consistent, positive impact on the people they supervise.

02.

Mission, vision, and values are unclear.

The organization’s mission, vision, and values either do not exist in writing or are otherwise irrelevant to the current market brand and culture.

03.

Culture has developed accidentally.

Culture has developed accidentally without any formal attention, measurement, or conversation. As a result, hiring and retaining top talent may be an issue that costs the organization time and money—think high turnover, low retention, or difficulty filling empty positions.

04.

Gossip and complaining are common.

People often indirectly share their concerns about one another, resulting in low psychological bravery and wasted energy trying to patch over “high-school” feeling social dynamics.

The Hidden Secret

It’s time to come clean. In everything you’ve done so far, we’ve talked about “human thriving.” In many ways, though, you’ve just completed a culture survey.

Organizational culture is often an unhelpful jargon word. However, culture can be summarized simply in this phrase: culture is how we do things here.

Your culture is:

  • embedded in your policies, pay scales, and interpersonal dynamics at work
  • felt in your customer interactions and is a huge driver of the talent you can recruit
  • measurable but invisible
  • rooted in the beliefs and assumptions help by everyone in your organization

Culture has the capacity to supercharge your organization or, in your case, keep it stuck—and, as a result, keep you stuck running around trying to fix things that seem to break over and over again.

What if problems solved themselves?

With a robust and resilient culture supporting human thriving, problems will begin solving themselves.

Really, though, it’s your people—who are now activated and enlivened—solving their own problems without your direct intervention.

That leaves you to focus on what you need to focus on as CEO or leader: long-term strategy, success, and growth.

Are you ready to stop Languishing?

Take concrete steps to move your organization to be one that is good for people.

When people thrive at work, everyone wins.

How to move from Languishing to Flourishing

The good news about a Languishing culture is that there is nowhere to go but up in creating conditions for human thriving. It doesn’t matter where you start, so long as you start. 

In our experience, three focus areas will give you the best returns on your effort. 

1. Tune into your culture.

That means you need to become a culture expert. Learn what makes a healthy culture, what makes a toxic one, why these things matter, and what specific issues (or people) may erode your organization’s culture.

Some places to start are:

2. Build leaders who are good for people.

One of the most immediate causes of cultural problems is leaders who are not good for people. Often these are leaders who manipulate others, individuals who create a cut-throat competitive environment, commit outright harassment, etc. Sometimes it is not this obvious—a toxic leader could be a functional expert but might have never learned about how leading for connection and being emotionally intelligent could make a difference. As a top-level leader, you’re responsible for ensuring all the other leaders in your organization do their part to create safe, brave environments for everyone.

Consider developing your leaders at every level by:

  • Ask your leaders to complete the free courage assessment (and do one yourself) and lead a discussion about how these insights apply to their own leadership approach. As a bonus, encourage leaders to read Dr. Brown’s book, Dare to Lead, as a group.
  • Consider helping your leaders become more self-aware by getting them higher-quality feedback about how they are doing with a tool like the Leadership Practices Inventory or having them complete the emotional intelligence assessment together and discuss your results with a trained coach.
  • Sponsor and support your leaders to pursue specific leadership skills. There are many programs, like those offered by our friends at the Center for Creative Leadership or Moementum’s own 8-week virtual leadership development experience, The Leading People Program.

3. Invest in Teams Who Care.

Most of the work we execute in the workplace takes place in partnership, and yet building good teams is hard. Ideally, teams should have high trust, high psychological bravery, be able to hold accountability with compassion and more. These human skills make the biggest difference in your team’s capacity to get phenomenal results together.

To begin building better teams, consider:

Consider sponsoring or supporting a guided team-advancement experience. There are many ways to do this—one way could be with Moementum. We have decades of experience designing custom team-elevation experiences to jump-start team efficacy.

What's next?

We’ve emailed you with a private link to this page. Come back here whenever you can. Start working on those three points above. If you’re ready to go further, consider some of the more advanced options below.

Your Opportunities

Work with Us

Moementum, Inc. has several products to make your workplace Flourish.

Free Consult

Start with booking a free consult with Moementum CEO & founder, Moe Carrick. We can collaborate and listen to help provide further guidance on your specific situation.

Our Latest Book

Pick up Moe’s latest book, When Work is Good: What it Means, Why it Drives Results, How to Build a Workplace People Love. This newest edition of Moe’s book condenses decades of experience into an actionable, comprehensive guide to creating “good” workplaces.

The Leading People Program™

Moementum’s premier 8-week training course in People Leadership. Boost your leaders’ confidence and ability to inspire and engage their teams with our proven framework and practical coursework designed to enhance people leadership skills, employee engagement, well-being, and impact.

The Inside Job™

Moementum’s signature organizational culture solution tailored for entrepreneurs, business owners, and senior leaders. You likely know culture matters but need tools. Learn how to effectively influence and shape your workplace environment with our expert guidance, resources, and specific strategies.

Other FREE Support Resources

  • Sign up for Moe’s weekly Show Up Newsletter to get a daily dose of help for human thriving at work.
  • Download and subscribe to Let’s Make Work Human, the podcast, to tap into wisdom from some of the best experts out there on conditions for real thriving at work.
  • Familiarize yourself with the 2023 research report issued by the US Surgeon General on Workplace Mental Health and Well-being.
  • Watch Simon Sinek’s classic TED talk, Start with Why
  • Sign on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Pledge as evidence of your commitment to being a workplace for belonging for all.

Are you ready to stop Languishing?

Take concrete steps to move your organization to be one that is good for people.

When people thrive at work, everyone wins.

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