Sustainability Have to Do with You?
By Michelle LaBrosse
Sustainability is one of the “buzz words” du jour. You can’t pick
up an article or turn on the news without hearing it. So, I got to
thinking about what sustainability means on an individual level –
not from a purely ecological perspective but from a humanistic
Ecologically, sustainability is about biological systems remaining
diverse and productive over time. For human beings, it is about the
potential for long-term maintenance of our own well-being. While I
know that without a planet, our own well-being as humans is a moot
point, I still want to focus on things we can do to promote our
sustainability as individuals.
think of your own sustainability as an individual, you bump into our
old friend, Maslow, who gave us the hierarchy of needs. As you may
remember, in Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, once physiological,
safety, love and belonging, and esteem are satisfied, then the very
top of the pyramid is self-actualization.
Hierarchy of Needs
Self-actualization is our growth, self-awareness, and understanding
of who we are. It’s our ability to continue to strive and reach for
that which gives us the greatest joy. Let’s look at this through
the Project Management lens and see how self-actualization can make
a team or an organization more sustainable. So, what’s the big deal
about self-actualized people? They are:
These are the
people on the team who are confident, self-assured, and have a clear
perception of reality.
They accept themselves and others and are not looking to lay blame.
They can focus
on problems beyond themselves. Knowing who you are is empowering
because it frees up all that energy to look at the bigger issues
outside of yourself.
They are self-starters who can get the job done and bounce back in
the face of adversity.
These are the
people who know how to appreciate all that is good in life, see the
blue sky on a rainy day, and truly live in the moment.
Capable of peak performance.
Because they can
see the possibilities, they can achieve the highest levels of
performance at whatever they pursue.
like the kind of people you want on your team, right? Mastering
Project Management is one of the ways you can sustain peak
performance and get the people on your team to work at the highest
level. When people are better at managing and completing projects,
they then create the habit of sustainable peak performance. Doing
the best job becomes the norm, not the exception.
you become more self-actualized and help your teammates to do the
same? Here are five ways to get you on the path to your own
Throw yourself into something with complete passion,
and let your
mind become absorbed and focused.
Choose growth daily.
have the possibility to learn something new or experience something
you haven’t tried, go for it!
Don’t censor your true self.
Say what you
think and feel out loud.
Take responsibility for everything you do and say.
your own actions and thoughts is powerful for clearing your mind and
making way for progress and innovation.
Learn what you are good at, and focus on your strengths.
People spend too much time working on their weaknesses instead of
reaching toward where they excel.
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