The Positive Energy Workplace

The IEP Eco-System: Creating Sustainable Growth in Your Company Culture

In our previous article, we shared insights around focusing on the importance of energy accountability with your leadership teams and workforce. 

 

With current trends showing that employee engagement and workplace culture energy will continue to decline in 2024, prioritizing a sustainable growth plan and company-wide approach is essential to the health of your organization, your people, and your well-being globally.  

 

How can you encourage the importance of energy, well-being, work-life balance, and modeling self-care in your organization while maintaining bottom-line results and performance standards? Fortunately, these two things, while seemingly competing priorities, work together to strengthen the sustainability and impact of the organization. One leverage point here is to create an eco-system that supports and inspires an inside-out approach enabling personal energetic accountability AND high performance for each individual. 

 

At Active Choices, Inc., we partner with executives to take a holistic view of increasing your overall business performance through culture optimization. Using our IEP Eco-System framework, we create a micro and macro view for executives to assess and create a plan for impact that addresses all the competing priorities.

 

Here’s a quick overview of the premise for the IEP Eco-System: 

 

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Creating an (authentically) Positive Energy Workplace™ & Leadership (video)

 

Why is positive energy important? How do we create it? How does it impact our culture? For years we've worked with leaders and organizations on building healthier more positively contagious cultures and authentic positive energy leadership. Often when I speak about how to do this, people will ask for the "checklist" -- the checklist for building a healthy culture or leading better. ("Yes, yes, yes... I know positive energy is important, yes yes yes... give me the checklist.") We can give you a checklist, trust me, we have many -- however, it will ultimately only be as good as the honest inner work you do to truly create positive energy within yourself first. Creating healthy leadership and a healthy culture is an inside-job... 

 

Last month, Harvard Business Review published an article, "The Best Leaders Have a Contagious Positive Energy".  (Four of my favorite words in one title: leaders, contagious, positive, and energy!) The article speaks to some of the what and why of positive energy leadership. In the video below, I offer you a bit more about the (sustainable) authentic how as well as some things to watch out for as you build your leadership and culture. Enjoy!

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Navigating Ambiguity, Toxic & Healthy Culture Makings, and Updates (video)

 

My team and I get asked questions all the time about the quickest three things to do for this or that or all of the above. Building a healthy culture and an authentic Positive Energy Workplace™ takes awareness, honesty, intention, energy, presence, and action. It doesn't have to take a ton of time, however, you want to watch out for "doing" those quick three things just to the "check cultural health" box off your list.

 

If you are truly tending to your IEP (Intentions/ Energy/ Presence) and taking action from a place of awareness and service... you won't need a quick checklist, your culture will take care of itself. That said, if you do want some quick things to start paying extra attention to, I've shared some in the below video (timestamp below post).

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That "Little" Voice: Do You Listen to It?

You're in a conversation with a colleague, maybe on a first date, maybe you're meeting someone on the plane, or you keep noticing that every time you think about this person or that situation, you get a funny feeling in your gut. The context may be personal, it may be professional. The sense may be subtle, if you're lucky it may be really strong. And either way, you might not be able to identify exactly what it is. You just know it's there. What do you do? 

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Cultural health starts with individual health — and YES, it’s contagious...

Years ago when I wrote CONTAGIOUS CULTURE (McGraw-Hill, 2015), people were surprised to find that when I talked about “creating a healthy culture,” I pointed them to first look at their own leadership health, and how they showed up, to actually create that culture. This was both confronting and liberating for many, after all, I can’t control my culture or the people around me, however, I can absolutely control ME; how I take care of myself, how I show up, the energy I bring to the table, and how I ultimately contribute to being the culture I want (or don’t want). This means I have tremendous power, this also means there may be big work to do.  

 

My stance on culture created a lot of positive results as well as many questions for people, so I wrote my next book. In CONTAGIOUS YOU (McGraw-Hill, 2019), I dug deeper into the IEP Method® body of work and took people further into how to be their most positively and usefully contagious self (energetically, emotionally, behaviorally, and attitudinally) and how to strengthen their leadership in order to create the impact and culture they wanted. Again, confronting — however even more liberating if you did the work (at 384 pages, with an executive coaching program pretty much built into it, as one reader emailed me, "It’s not exactly a light read, Anese, but it is a game changer.").

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