I wish the kind of happiness for you that I feel in this photo.
It’s how you feel when you belong to a community; a group of people who (even when you’re not with them) makes you feel supported, embraced, respected and loved for who you are.
Imagine how it could feel to belong to a community, at home, at work, at play, in your volunteer work, at your gym, in your associations, on your boards. Everywhere!
In 1987 M Scott Peck wrote the seminal work, The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace and the world went about its business as if something cataclysmic hadn’t just happened.
Peck wrote about how a group evolves into community but he did not write about how to guide the process. Intrigued by the idea of community, I struggled for years to build it with my groups. Then the group I was meeting with online, began to evolve into a community.
I knew community could be built online and I wanted everyone to know how to do it. Three years of research helped me to both refine and simplify the process and resulted in Sounding the Drum: Community Building in the Digital Age. I went back to school and got my Master of Organizational Management degree. I learned that the components of an authentic community are the soft skills that have become the essential skills in business today. In a world becoming aware of the importance of organizational culture, there is no finer culture than a community culture.
I began to offer my services to organizations and groups of all sizes, working in person offline, and via video conferencing online. Initially, I took on four Research & Development projects, some still ongoing. The participants’ responses to the programs are posted under the Feedback tab.
Do you want to empower your organization with the highest level of culture – a community culture? Do you want a workforce that is as happy to come to work on a Monday morning as they are to leave on a Friday afternoon? Do you want your team to be an effective, cohesive, creative, collaborative problem-solving machine?
Aristotle believed without human connection we have no community. Without community, there can be no happiness. And if we’re not happy, we will fail to flourish.
You have the power to help the people in the groups in your life to be happy and to flourish. Contact me so we can talk about how to make that happen.
Happiness is having a community at home, at work, and in all the places where you play.