The fine art of hosting has been on the top of our minds, shaping our own workplace culture and collaboration. In today’s fast paced, sometimes icy cold world where humility, generosity and mutual respect seem to be fast becoming values and acts of the past, this is feeling like an essential point of focus. Just being in discussion as a team about great hospitality is raising our kindness and generosity game. Our question for ourselves has been, “How can we embody radical hospitality in our workplaces everyday?”.
What does it mean to be there for each other in our workplaces? And why does it matter?
These inquiries always give me pause. Isn’t it obvious? It has taken me a good part of my 59 years to realize how very far from obvious it is for a good many of us. In a business context, we are often given the message that these inquiries are trite, woo woo or that they are questions for our therapists, not our coworkers.
At least four times in the past month, I have woken myself up laughing. I have actually been brought awake by my own chuckling. No story, no image, no dream, just laughter. It’s been a wonderful, surprising experience. In a world and an America that seems to be getting more grim, it’s been heartening to know that I’m cracking myself up at night. There is something that I seem to be remembering and it sure feels good!
Many of us have personal and company missions that are about being of service in some way. Our missions are often explicitly or implicitly about inclusion, collaboration and sharing power for the benefit healing our world. Too often the way we work together, our daily habits, don’t line up to who we say we are or who we want to be, from the inside out. At Global Round Table Leadership, we consistently hear how hard it is for people to share power with their teammates, especially when one’s boss or “higher up” is a part of the team.
How should we be behaving in beloved community? What are the practices? How do we even start the conversation? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his infamous call, inspiring so many with his vision of how to live in celebration of our diversity every day: “Our goal is to create a beloved community and his will require a qualitative change in our souls and a quantitative change in our lives.” The key, like with so many shifts in our world, is to start with ourselves....