I see management as being in the world and aligning to the purpose and values of the organisation to help manifest this purpose. I am also excited by the collaborative work of a group of people to bring forward their skills and expression of their truth to create, manifest, and communicate the culture and the cultural knowledge of an organisation.
People working in management for Lasavia also need to look at their internal locus of ethics. This means that there is an inner way of checking guidelines, values and motivations within themselves.
In alignment to the values of Lasavia – diversity, truth, humility – it is important that, in management, people are able to express their individuality and contribute their truth as well as to see themselves as part of a greater whole.
In Reinventing Organisations, Frederic Laloux writes that at heart, we are all profoundly interconnected and part of a whole, but it’s a truth we have forgotten. There are two aspects of wholeness, one is to be aware that we are part of a greater whole; the other is that we are actually whole. I love the play of that, but I think what is profound (and I know this in healing work) is that part of healing is to acknowledge pain/woundedness/brokenness but at the same time you see a person as whole. By acknowledging wholeness in each other, we are able to support each other to fulfil the roles and work together effectively.
I would like to see in the management team for Lasavia the concept of self-management and clear communication. Support and communication can come in the form of regular meetings to keep the work flowing and that no one person should be overwhelmed or stressed by the workload. Unpleasantness, inefficiency and unhappiness need not be part of the relationship between people and each other and between people and their work.
Frederic Laloux talks more about the challenge of self-management, particularly where being in a community of peers is hard. He suggests creating practices for people to support each other in their inner work while doing the outer work of the organisation. Every time our fears get triggered, it is an opportunity to learn and grow into more wholeness, reclaiming aspects of ourselves that we have neglected or pushed into shadows.
Ethics can create a beautiful structure of work that empowers us and also helps to experience a safe working environment. Structure comes up here, and the medicine sphere is a really helpful way of exploring self-management as part of the whole. By seeing our role within the medicine sphere and then looking at the role as a whole medicine sphere is an exciting way of deepening and working within the culture of the Lasavia organisation.
There were three qualities I wrote down as important, particularly in managing an organization that is working in the field of spiritual evolution, they were: adaptability, persistence and gratitude. Working collaboratively may be slower at first and not always moving as directly as we would want. It takes time to build a house that has good foundations and is a place for many different people.
A lot of the work in management is not just support but leading the way forward. Often there may be areas that we enter that are new and so it is important to keep learning and growing in these areas. Recognising when we need support in learning from specialists is part of developing a good management process. What are the practical processes that constitute support? These are some ideas: financial organization, supplier organization, communication, information organization, clutter clearing, equipment and location, time organization, presentation that aligns with the essential qualities of Lasavia.
Systems that reflect respect in all relationships through correct financial processes are important.
Guidelines for Lasavia management:
Self-management and an ability to shape the role as they grow into it
A desire to build community
A desire to upskill where they need to as they grow their role
Balance and commitment of time
Have a foundation of Intrinsic values