Wisdom: Is Your Workplace Healthy?

The Essential Values for a Truly Healthy Organization

In the March and April/June 2004 issues of Your Workplace, I wrote about a model for healthy organizations based on the world’s great spiritual traditions. Faithful readers will remember that my columns were based on research by two business school professors who made a survey of the world’s major western and eastern religious traditions, distilling a core set of values which they believe are an essential recipe for truly healthy, sustainable organizations. The authors argued that each of the enduring world religious traditions, having stood the test of time, contain a set of values that remain relevant for 21st-century organizations. The authors identified the following essential values for a truly healthy organization: (1) honesty and truthfulness; (2) trust; (3) humility; (4) forgiveness; (5) compassion; (6) thankfulness; (7) being of service; and (8) stillness and peace.

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