How easy is it to get swept up in emotions? When the series of experiences and emotions that consume you seem to forge the path ahead, how can you gain control? How can you push through to betterment when your mind is pulled in a thousand directions?
Detach. Focus. Balance.
What Are You Willing to Give Up for Happiness? will walk you through some of life’s toughest lessons as if you’re chatting with the author over a cup of tea on a Sunday afternoon. Shohreh paints her memories as a mother and a leader to reflect on how detaching from ego, replacing the idea of ownership with that of privilege, and finding emotional and spiritual balance amid the storms can be the ultimate recipe for the best possible you.
Instructive anecdotes pepper the narrative. For instance, when Aftahi lets her son eat ice cream for dinner after talking him through the probable outcome, he finds out the hard way why skipping a meal might not be such a good idea. And when a dismissive, rebellious corporate team member fails to live up to his potential, she gently helps him acknowledge his actions instead of calling him out on it. Her comments on letting go of judgment—“judgmental people are the unhappiest of all,” she writes —are particularly insightful, reminding us that haughty attitudes stem from feelings of powerlessness. Likewise, her take on achieving balance and relinquishing control reminds us that we should all try to do the same. “We must be focused to do our best at all times,” she says, “but surrender to what the universe puts before us.”
Spirituality In A Healthcare Organization: An Exploratory Qualitative Inquiry
One of the most discussed topics in today's business world is identifying a leadership model that emphasizes employee engagement, thereby implementing positive organizational change that leads to success and profitability. A prevalent challenge facing leaders lies in discovering how to co-create an effective organization that can adopt a new business model for sustainable success, thereby leading to revenue growth and productivity (Gharajedaghi, 2006; Scharmer, 2009). The focus in this study was to understand the influence of spirituality at workplace in a healthcare organization. This study offered the opportunity to add to the understanding of the factors influencing full employee engagement and commitment. The study was channeled by Scharmer's (2009) theory U, leading from the future as it emerges depicting transformational change; and systems theory by Gharajedaghi (2011) identifying the organizations as a living system and the sub systems that need to function interdependently.
The research question asked, "How may spirituality influence employees in a healthcare organization?" The study is an exploratory qualitative inquiry which allowed the examination of personal experiences of 14 employees at Optical Eye Care Clinic. Inductive analysis led to discernible themes and patterns across a data set reinforced by direct quotes. In general, the findings of this study were consistent with the literature reviewed. Results strongly indicated spirituality and altruistic values influence employees, leadership and in the way organization interacts. The data collected identified that leaders who can effectively build an environment that displays altruistic values and inclusion of workplace spirituality influence their employees. Spiritual aptitude acts as a compass through which a leader's ethics and spiritual leadership ability come alive. The results of this study provide a deeper and broader understanding of the influence of spirituality on employees.
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