Do You Seek Out Those Whose Approach Might Align With Yours?
Growing up in school one would see cliques everywhere. They were, for the most part, homogeneous—there just wasn’t too much of a difference from one member to the next. But those younger cliques were traditionally about similarities at that one point in time, a snapshot of now as opposed to long-range goals.
In the workplace, there are still cliques, or “groupings.” They are those groups that have to do mostly with what their interests and similarities are in the moment. We might belong to some of those groupings, tied to the other members by our interests in sports, photography, gossip, age, etc., or any number of other varied criteria. There’s a group for most people. We’re all guilty of it. We’re just on cruise control based on our experiences in a society made up of a “safety in numbers” and compartmentalization mentality. Generally, groupings are driven in large part by social safety purposes and, maybe, that’s the members’ escape from thinking about their careers. This is to say that they might get lost in the safety of the group, which can then result in complacency.
And complacency can be dangerous.
Therefore, there is one grouping that we should all seek out and that’s the one whose core driver is its members’ development and goals for the future. In a sea of operations, protocol, attitudes, and process, we should find that core group of people that can support our growth. The underlying denominator of this group is the need to thrive, to question, and evolve through their actions and ideas.
And, as been said before, seeking out similar-minded people is not Groupthink. The essence of this suggestion to seek out these like-minded people is to ask that you seek those out who allow for, and build off, the free expression of someone’s true ideas and not just going along with the status quo.
It’s amazing how much energy you get from discussing something you’re passionate about with someone who shares that level of passion. (Granted, it’s not just passion, but any other driving force.) It can be personal hobbies or professional endeavors.
And this advice might not be for everyone. There are those who just go to work to get through the day and collect their paycheck until retirement. The advice is no judgement on anyone or their preferences. The goal in CiO’s work, for instance, is to guide everyone and reconcile them to the best mind set and environment, whether professional or personal, that works for them.
In the end, most people should seek out those that have similar minds and motivations, if nothing else than for the ability to grow the way that they had hoped for.
Sometimes, we don’t get our best reinforcements from the institution or official workplace culture but from the ideas that we share with others in our workplace.
There’s a great big world revolving, swirling and playing out around you, made up of both waiting opportunities or possible setbacks.
So make sure you have a good support group to reinforce your place but which allows you to thrive in a safe harbor surrounded by that vast ocean of opportunities and possibilities.
So…What About You?
- Do you have a particular friend or cohort you seek out and run with in order to stay energized in the workplace?
- Do you have these cohorts due to similar ideas or because of the energy they give off, in that you’re allowed to sound off on your ideas, passion, and growth?
- Do you know of any workplaces that allow their workforce to seek out groups on company time, in order to home in on skills and attitudes that would benefit the workplace, even ideas that are outside of official duties and responsibilities?