It’s December so forgive me for feeling reflective. I’m actually feeling well proud of everything that Guerrilla has achieved in such a short space of time. And I’m wondering why that is?
So, just as we’re compiling ProperGanda, I notice that on 10 December it’s the 70th anniversary of the signing of the Convention of Human Rights. How timely. So today Matthew, I want to talk about one of those fundamental HUMAN RIGHTS: Autonomy - our right to independence. Our right to choose our own shits and gigs. Our right not to have to OBEY a higher authority. The freedom for us decide for ourselves. And I’m now getting very excited as I’m realising that all of that stuff is close to my heart. More than that, if there was such a thing, autonomy would sit at the centre of a ‘Guerrilla Manifesto’.
For me, the shameless desire to be autonomous runs through my veins and the drive for this, is what connected me to Barry and what we both resolutely want for everyone. This is why we are coaches. This is why we set up Guerrilla. This is why we want freedom for every employee to connect with the essence of who they are and to recognise that they have choice. This is why it works. Because along with the now visible seeds of change within the culture of work, Neuroscience also tells us we’re not wrong.
According to Research by Dan Cable, our brains operate on a ‘seeking system’ which when activated, enables us to find joy in the jobs we do. In other words, to find stuff out for ourselves; to be led by our ideas; curiosity and passions. We become ALIVE when we’re empowered and rewarded, especially in the workplace. Autonomy is a human given.
The trouble is, organisations, the more traditional ones anyway, get a little nervous of giving their people too much autonomy. We might mess things up, waste time, waste money, have bad ideas or start trying to take over. Well I say this to you traditional organisations out there, autonomy will enable your people to GET THINGS RIGHT, SAVE TIME, MAKE MONEY, HAVE GREAT IDEAS and TAKE OVER!
These are great things for innovation and growth. Great things for moving things forward. It IS a Human Right to be allowed to express your ideas, see your ideas through and be rewarded for the added benefit these ideas bring. It’s actually not rocket science.
We have found that by having ‘in the moment’, positive, empowering conversations with all sorts of people in organisations, their light bulbs have been firing up. Their eyes look up to the left and they start imagining. They start creating. They start thinking. And I’ll tell you this. It's THE MOST BEAUTIFUL thing to watch, and an absolute honour to be able to facilitate.
Let’s get this Human business Right.
Peace and Love
Thanks to resident Guerrilla Barry for kicking us off with our first blog. Amongst all the Coaching and People Development we do, we're taking on Identity Coaching as our personal crusade. It'll all make sense when you've read the blog but in a nutshell ... why not live the life you deserve to live? Be the person you are? Everybody else is taken.