I wish there was a book with simple guidelines for corporations. Instead of complex structures, decision rights, and rules of engagement, everyone receive a page with 2 or 3 simple rules. If I think about it, even for a minute, I know a good starting point.
Respect each other, always tell the truth with kindness, and help each other while having fun.
As I think through the challenges we face, these would cover the issues and conflicts! The impact would be immediate. Policy books could remain unread. Ignoring the other in order to get what one side wanted would be a thing of the past.
Looking at the flipside, if we used the principles to guide our thinking and actions, I find myself imaging the impossible. Existing opportunities would be seized. Creating new windows to realize change would be a norm. The world would look quite different than it is.
There is a reason that I long for simple rules. I know I need help. I realize that the team needs help. I can see that others need help. Frequently, individually as a group, we want to be agents of positive change. The way we look at life today, myself included, makes this more difficult, not less. There are obstacles that stand in the way. They make it difficult for anything to be different from what it was.
There is a call to action that we, I, often miss. Without or without the barriers, someone has to take the first step. If there is a need, someone needs to help the other without thought of compensation. Yesterday, someone volunteer to do this for my team. What seemed minor to them was for us something very different. Their decision to act was inspiring. It created hope. We found ourselves energized.
It is easy to forget that Divinity takes steps to make today different. “This is how God showed his love for us: God sent his only Son into the world so we might live through him.” (1 John 4.9) We can embrace compassion with freedom, God’s gift.