Sometimes in our effort to make something better, we have a tendency to squeeze all of the joy out of it…
We’ve all experienced them…the panic room leaders. Those leaders who have the uncanny ability to create a new episode of “Stress Factor” every time they walk in the room. They are better equipped to get increased cardiac output and high blood pressure from those they lead than they are at getting increased work flow and dedicated efforts. Their mere presence activates anxiety, even fear.
Wherever they go in the organization, there you will find anxiety-ridden reports constantly scurrying about them…desperately seeking to remain inconspicuous and anonymous.
They are often the creators of conformity, compliance and consent.
“Businesses often forget about the culture, and ultimately, they suffer for it because you can’t deliver good service from unhappy employees.” -Tony Hsieh
And on the other side…
We have the “Gringineers“. Gringineers are those leaders who bring anticipation over anxiety. People look forward to their presence… for their very presence creates “comfortable urgency” in the room and in the organization. They know how to elevate an urgency level without ramping up the stress level. People are intrinsically motivated to give their best for Gringineers…because as leaders they are able to engineer, incorporate and infuse joy into the work of the organization. Pure joy and elation towards a vision that is bigger than themselves.
Leaders have a tendency to fill a room…what they fill it with will determine the tenor of the organization and all within…
Gringineers covet creativity over compliance. Urgency over anxiety. Serenity over stress. Risk over refuge. Intrinsic over extrinsic.
“I view my role more as trying to set up an environment where the personalities, creativity and individuality of all the different employees come out and can shine.” -Tony Hsieh
Gringineers understand that joy and happiness are vital to individual and organizational success…and they work diligently to create opportunities to infuse that into all that they do. Otherwise, why would people spend large portions of their day (and their life), investing in an atmosphere that is anything but?
Gringineers do just that…they engineer grins on the faces of those they lead. They infuse their work lives…as well as the organization and those they lead with a sense of joy and happiness. They understand that people do their best work under the best of circumstances.
Not to say that every day will be filled blessings and good tidings…rather, the joy and happiness that they infuse into the life of the organization will allow people to overcome those obstacles and difficulties in the best of ways. And as leaders, it behooves us to always remember…
Purpose can be positive.
“For me, my role is about unleashing what people already have inside them that is maybe suppressed in most work environments.” -Tony Hsieh