The key to the success of any organization is in the spirit of its people. It is through the people of an organization that things get done; yet it is the quality, the nature and the heart of the people as a whole that determines its destiny. That’s its ‘spirit’. Each and every individual within an organization affects its spirit. You can feel it in the atmosphere around individuals. You can feel it in the energy of an empty room. You see it on people’s faces. You can hear it in the tones of their voices.
Each individual contributes to the spirit of an organization. They do it through their behaviors or feelings. Feelings of confidence, courage, enthusiasm and cooperation contribute to the true nature or spirit of an organization. Fear, doubt, criticism and humiliation become a strain upon the people in an organization, thus dampening its spirit. In this case, work becomes a constant struggle to stay ahead rather than means of scaling great heights. An organization of low spirits is a dying organization. This means a lack of trust and hope exists within the people. You cannot build an organization on these qualities.
The true nature of an organization is to build on the efforts and energies of its people. An organization combines the power of individuals producing a greater power. Organizations exist for the benefit of all. Its purpose is to provide a focus where each individual may achieve his or her dreams. Through a common vision, singleness of purpose, and the melding of minds into one, an organization becomes a fountain of extraordinary ideas and a force able to ‘brave the storm’ in the quest to unimaginable heights and service to humanity. This is what an organization is about. The spirit of an organization is its life and when it is harnessed and nurtured it matures into a force of limitless potential and magnificent possibilities. Spirit. The spirit of a people held high can accomplish anything. Damage or lower the spirit of the people and an organization will self-destruct.
An organization as a body of individuals has a life of its own. That life expresses a quality of energy that can be of a very high or low nature. As an organization, when the energy is of a very high quality, nothing is impossible. Groups that are able to maintain extremely high spirits regardless of the conditions they face become the pioneers, trendsetters, torchbearers and ‘Beacons of Light’ to the rest of the world.
It is amazing the things that are accomplished when a group or groups of people come together in completeness of spirit. When spirits are high in an organization, no one lacks for courage or enthusiasm. In fact, individuals become absolutely fearless. The word ‘failure’ is stricken completely from their vocabulary and the workplace becomes an ‘accelerator of energy’ charging individuals with the ability to stand, face and conquer limitations.
It is the spirit of a group of people that helped to establish this nation. Think what this could do for an individual or organization! This is what America experienced and why she exists. And it is America’s spirit that we have been charged with as a responsibility to our loved ones and ourselves to uphold. Therefore, keep your spirits high and we will move forward and upward on the spiral of organizational success.
“People will forgive and forget – even ignore the shortcomings of individuals and organizations of high spirit and integrity.”