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Get healthy … and get well in the process

We’ve spent a lot of time here talking about personal wellness — the physical, emotional, and spiritual steps we can take to make sure we’re as healthy, fulfilled and engaged as we can possibly be.

Here’s what many people don’t understand, though: There’s a direct link between personal and professional well-being.

Need proof? Check out The Power of Full Engagement. The best-seller by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz outlines what the authors call “organizational energy dynamics.” Stop me if any of these sound familiar:

  • “Every individual in the corporate body is a reservoir of potential energy.”
  • “Just as every cell in the human body is important to the overall health and vitality of the body, so every individual is important to the overall health and vitality of the corporate body.”
  • “The total capacity of the corporate body to do work is the sum of all the capacities of the individual cells within the organization.”
  • “In order for an organization to optimize its potential, four separate but related forms of energy must be recruited in the service of the corporate mission: physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.”
  • “Leaders are the stewards of organizational energy. They recruit, direct, channel, renew, focus and invest energy from all the individual cells in the service of the corporate mission.”
  • “Great leaders are experts in mobilizing and focusing all of the energy resources in the corporate body in the service of the corporate mission.”
  • “The energy of each individual cell in the corporate body must be actively recruited. This requires aligning individual and organizational purpose.”
  • “Alignment drives performance. Lack of alignment significantly restricts the quantity, quality, direction and force of available energy.”

Get it? The well-being of your organization depends entirely on the well-being of your employees.

And no, your customers don’t come first. Take care of your employees, and they’ll take care of your customers … and your business.

“Research on employee engagement and productivity continues to show the basic health of employees indicates how engaged they’ll be on the job,” writes Virgin Pulse CEO Chris Boyce. “Healthy, engaged employees are your top competitive advantage.”

This isn’t touchy-feely stuff, folks. This is the future of your business.

Get healthy … and get well in the process.

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