There’s an organizational change principle too called the “minimum, elegant next step,” as in “What is the minimum, elegant next step you or your team can take to do the work you hope to do together?” Working from this principle is just like sweating at the barre. Try to change everything and you’ll lose your balance. Focus your attention on small, simple movements and behavior changes, and watch as things begin to align differently.
This past week I gave a workshop, “Authentic Leadership in Action” to a group of women at the Harvard School of Public Health. The key idea of course was action, that we’re selling the world short if we don’t do something with our own knowledge and experience, whatever our work may be. This principle is one I think Take the Lead and The Op-Ed Project are both founded on. But I also just wanted to make the idea of authentic leadership more concrete.
Everywhere I look women are redefining what work is, how it functions, and how work can support other areas of our lives rather than detract from them or cause harm. The same is true for money.