The size of a company cannot be measured with the financial capital on its balance sheet or the number of its employees. It is beyond these figurative measures. The real size of a company depends on how many happy and positive employees it has. Because only these people can turn the financial capital of the company into innovative products and delightful experiences. Only these people can create new stories and unlock the potential of the company. Unfortunately, in majority of companies, number of unmotivated people dominates the number of positive and energetic people. The negative energy spread out wipe out the positive energy of motivated people in the organization.
Therefore, the next big thing determining the success of companies will not only be digital transformation but a new way of thinking that will transform the organization’s energy. A positive organizational energy is not only a matter of compensation, promotion or playful offices. It is much more about the aura of the organization where there are inspired people creating “the new” as “a team”.
By time even most self-motivated people become sad and depressed if they always work on routine tasks individually in a silo based business environment lacking a collaborative culture. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s model summarizes this situation in a very elegant way.
To get to the state of flow and be on the happy, intuitive and creative side necessitates two things. Having enough challenges (“the new”) that make you release dopamine and having enough skills to make you convert that dopamine’s energy into actionable ideas and results.
To overcome this challenge, we apply a new way of thinking which is called “Design Thinking”. At design thinking workshops people from different organizational units come together and create innovative solutions to reenergize the people in the organization.
Amy Brann’s book “Engaged” describes how collective decision making can be achieved from neuroscience perspective. She says group flow is possible in the existence of shared clear goals, good communication, equal participation and sense of autonomy. Inheriting all these, design thinking is a perfect way for companies to move their organization into the “state of flow”, foster “creativity” and increase “social capital.”