How are your people *really* doing?
Since most offices are at least still partially remote, have you asked your folks how they're feeling about it? Our clients have asked us to help them understand their remote / hybrid employee experience.
So we've co-developed a 20-question employee survey that leverages the latest employee experience research, measuring the key drivers of innovation, productivity, inclusion, leadership effectiveness, social and emotional health and retention.
Unity Lab Hybrid Culture Survey
Method: Purpose, belonging and trust are the key drivers of innovation, productivity, inclusion, leadership effectiveness and retention. This assessment measures these drivers.
Rating: 7-point Likert scale
Purpose & Leadership
Belonging & Mattering
Talent & Retention
Trust & Transparency
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Below is the monthly letter I sent to my advisors. Since Unity Lab is a public benefit entity, I wanted to share here as well.
I hope you all are well and are beginning to see the light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. I'm excited as heck to get the vaccine and get back into a heated vinyasa routine. My wife and I also moved to City Heights in San Diego and are digging our diverse neighborhood. We're the only white folks on the block.
Seeing the robust rescue, sustainable infrastructure and family plans being driven forward by the Biden administration, I'm feeling our national nervous system begin to down-regulate. Adults are on the job, putting forth policies of care and goodwill. Of course we still have mountains to climb wrt the GOP playing along, people trusting science/vaccines, white supremacy, domestic terrorism, Trumpism, etc.
In concert with the way businesses are rethinking their purpose and people development functions, and stepping up to call BS on voter suppression, I believe the next 5 years will yield powerful shifts in creating a more caring society and economy.
Messaging / Focus
It's been a very fruitful month in terms of clarity and messaging - we help orgs create cultures of purpose and belonging, which improve both performance and the social fabric of our nation. As I mentioned last month, we're focused entirely on organizational culture as the place to play. That messaging has been woven throughout the website, which is speaking to a business leader / senior people development exec.
I recently finished reading "Change" by Damon Centola, which illuminates the best practices in activating changes in beliefs and behaviors - invest in groups (business units/departments) to create redundancy and turn the behavior into a cultural norm. We've got to impact at least 25% of a population for the norm to take hold.
A new McKinsey & Co. study revealed, 2/3 of people have re-examined their purpose in life since the pandemic began. 70% of people expect their careers to be the primary source of their purpose in life, however only 15% believe it is possible at their current job. They also said some nice things about small groups; "...immersive, small-group sessions may not sound as sexy as a paid leave of absence to do good in the world, but they are a lot more effective at helping employees start to see the good they can do in their day-to-day work."
New Book: Purpose Work Nation
I'm writing a book on the central role organizations play in fulfilling on our nation's purpose. It's written to a CEO, and makes the case that only businesses can activate our national purpose, and gives them the tools they need to do that. I'm envisioning this book / launch as the calling card / disruptive narrative that will help business leaders see the light. Thinking Q3/4 launch.
I need to free myself up for business development, marketing and thought leadership, so I'm looking for a COO / Co-founder, and put up a listing. Please share with your networks and/or introduce me to folks you think I should speak with. I've also put out feelers for interns at San Diego State.
I'm about halfway through our purpose program pilot with Bobby, and two of our Global Purpose Leaders colleagues, Bea Boccalandro and Robin Athey. The four of us are going through the pilot with the avatar in mind (office worker who has not done any personal development work), and bringing our respective professional expertise to the program debrief. I think we have something very powerful for organizations who know they need to develop a culture of belonging and purpose.
Please lmk your thoughts or questions:)
Last night and again this morning, I cried into my hands. A sane pandemic response was on the ballot. Black and brown lives were on the ballot. The environment was on the ballot. Kids in cages were on the ballot. A robust stimulus and infrastructure plan was on the ballot. I wanted to feel proud that we had come together, overcome our differences and said yes to our shared future. No such luck. The election is too close to call.
So I cried for Black Lives. I cried for the dead and dying. I cried for the underpaid and unemployed. I cried for the children who only know adults as those who fail at doing what is right and decent. (keep reading)
How would you describe the soul of the United States?
From an NYT article exploring the subject: https://nyti.ms/3kaAZA3
"North of Boston, Andrew DeFranza, executive director of Harborlight Community Partners, an organization that develops affordable housing, reflected on the disastrous impact of the coronavirus pandemic for many people, from essential workers to people with disabilities. The country’s soul is disoriented, adversarial and tired, he said.
“'I don’t think Group A is going to beat Group B and everything is going to be fine,' he said of the election. 'We are eager to see political leaders at every level regardless of party demonstrate concrete, actionable plans to address these issues of inequity around health and race, and to do so in a way that is concrete and has outcomes to which they can be accountable.'”
David Brook's review of the book, "The Upswing", a data-rich exploration about how we built the most successful society and economy in history and then tore it apart through selfishness and xenophobia.
Finding the right balance between "I" and "We", self and other, is what Mr. Brooks' Weave Project, and Unity Lab aim to fix.
It is a matter of life and death - the United States needs a cultural constitution.
As our nation’s eyes are trained on the election, the pandemic and dwindling financial and psychological reserves, I feel we are missing the forest for the trees.
During the 2018 midterms, Joe Biden said, “This is a fight for the soul of the nation.” I take him to mean that whoever holds the highest office needs to embody and reflect the soul of the nation, lead from that place and heal the country. I think he was more right than he knew. (keep reading)
Landmark research on small, diverse groups suggests they are the key to empathy, trust and connection
This study of 103 diverse leaders unveils the impacts of small diverse learning cohorts on behavior change, empathy and trust, and empowering a new era for social learning, transformation and cultural healing. Download the research here.
We are breaking. We are more divided today than any other time in recent history. 13% of conservatives and 18% of progressives believe violence would be called for if their candidate loses in November. We have armed ourselves, formed militias and prepped go-bags. Some of us have already headed to the hills.
It is critical that we stand together NOW as one, as we did with after the Great Depression and Pearl Harbor. We have rich cultures, traditions, crafts, recipes, faiths, languages, music, dancing and pastimes to protect and sustain. We are a nation of immigrants, a melting pot of good people doing the best they can everyday for themselves and their families. We are bound together and cannot let foreign actors and domestic ideologues make us fearful of each other. They exploit our screens and feeds so they can divide us, render us inert and secure more power and wealth for themselves. (keep reading)