To prosper over time, all organizations, public or private, must not only perform financially, but now must also show they are making a positive contribution to society.
Collectively, we have become increasingly more aware of social inequalities, the degradation of the environment, and the importance of a sustainable economy. Organizations can no longer rely on their financial performance, regardless of how impressive it may be, but now must also serve a social purpose and make a positive contribution to the communities they operate in and to society at large. But how, as a manager, HR professional, or CEO, can we help organizations have a better impact on society? The first step: Invest in people.
Human-Centered Social Learning
Just by training managers to be and act more human and empathetic, as opposed to cold and calculating, we help organizations become better places for everyone. This strengthens solidarity inside organizations while enabling them to support their communities and position themselves as agents of change.
In his book Rebalancing Society… Radical Renewal Beyond Left, Right, and Centre, Henry Mintzberg examines the imbalances that currently plague our organizations, society, and economic system. How do we change how management in practiced? How do we change how organizations are run? How do we change how society functions? Henry believes it’s all interrelated. It’s time to reflect on the big questions.
Why are we wasting our time addressing the symptoms and not attacking the true root of the problems plaguing today’s society? An organization that addresses certain social and environmental issues is one thing, but efficiently targeting the underlying and fundamental cause of an issue is something else! Corporate Social Responsibility 2.0 (CSR 2.0) calls for organizations and leaders to find solutions for the root cause of these issues, rather than just managing the consequences.
CoachingOurselves is upstream on social change and a direct answer to society’s mounting expectations on the public and private sectors. It’s a concrete way for organizations to learn how to self-develop through dialog and collaboration, creating more empathetic managers that are socially responsible and dedicated to more humane and ethical management.
From the beginning, the CoachingOurselves approach has been woven from Henry Mintzberg’s ideas on Rebalancing Society. If you are interested in learning more on this subject, visit Henry Mintzberg’s blog where he extrapolates on all aspects of the imbalances and issues we are facing today.