Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Shared sacrifice

I usually try to steer clear of the word sacrifice.  When it comes to eating behaviors, sacrifice is a pretty charged word.  However, I just read this post from Modern Meeting Standard.  The subject matter of that blog is all about organizational change -- which really isn't what we talk about here.....or is it?

Organizations are nothing but a group of people with a common mission, right?  Keep that in mind as you read:

Organizations that desperately need to change often don’t because it forces only some to make sacrifices.

The logic is sound: let’s try to negatively impact the least number of people we can in order to minimize suffering.

Unfortunately, the most rational solution doesn’t always work. The perception of unfairness can act as a roadblock to progress.

So if staff have to limit their expenses, maybe management should too.

If Dad and son have high cholesterol, maybe Mom and Sis should join in on salad-only dinners too.

If the team is truly committed to the mission, to achieving something great together, shared sacrifice is not only a nice thing to do, it’s essential. The key is creating a culture and mission worthy of sacrifice.

If you think about the need to change (and alter some behaviors that aren't working for you), something's gonna have to go.  Sacrifice doesn't necessarily mean awful -- it just means letting go.  And maybe you should encourage your eating partners to share in this behavior change too.  It will help you to have the support and may ultimately improve their quality of life too!

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