Wake Up!

How many of us wake up daily and dread going to work?

Well, that was me for some years. I dreaded the alarm clock going off every morning and dragged myself to work. It’s not that I disliked ‘working’ rather the workplace culture was depressing and demotivating. I spent a good ten years working for poor workplace after poor workplace. Of the six organisations I worked for over the course of ten years only one offered me a glimmer of opportunity to self manage my work and help the organisation move from a start up to growth phase.

In the early years after graduating from university I went from working with one of the poorest bosses to working for a fantastic boss who truly understood how to unleash the potential in individuals but sadly this couldn’t sustain itself in an organisation which lacked direction and leadership at the top. Once she was made redundant I very quickly left myself and went to work for a competitor.

There were numerous problems with each organisation I worked in — stemming from poor organisational design and even poorer leadership. Generally people don’t leave their jobs because of bad compensation. They leave because of poor leadership. They literally quit their bosses.

I could write an endless list of the problems I’ve seen in organisations which could be relatively easily rectified with redefining the foundational design of the organisation to increase engagement, well-being, productivity and ultimately the bottom-line. But that’s for another blog post.

Last week, while attending Meaning, my friend Alexander Kjerulf’s brilliant presentation reminded me of the perennial question I’ve been asking myself for the last five years or so since I woke up to a new way of working — through FREEDOM rather than fear…..

HOW MANY PEOPLE DON’T EVEN REALISE THAT THERE IS A BETTER WAY TO SHOW UP, TO LEAD AND TO UNLEASH THE POTENTIAL IN EVERYONE AT WORK?

I want to shake every one of those people by the shoulders and yell ‘WAKE UP!’ What we need is a revolution at work. We need people to demand FREEDOM AT WORK. Only when more of us demand the opportunity to be truly free at work will we have meaningful, flourishing organisations and the ripple effect of freedom at work is happier more fulfilled relationships, families and communities.

Organisations like WorldBlu, Woohoo and many others are each coming at this challenge from slightly different directions but all with the same goal of achieving freedom at work in our lifetime. So when Alexander announced his newest project last week — International Quit Your Crappy Job Day — you can imagine how keen I was to jump on board. No, I am not quitting my crappy job. For the first time in my life I don’t have a crappy job. I LOVE my job with WorldBlu! BUT I am committed to helping others achieve their full potential and if that means quitting their crappy job then I’m all for it. COMMIT TO QUIT!

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