The Heart is the engine room of the human body. Within in it is found the spark that starts and maintains life. It is the place which feeds and nourishes the rest of the body. If it is performing poorly the body suffers. If it stops, the body dies.
There is a saying “The Human Body is made up of many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body”. So it is with an organisation – a body of people all together making up one body.
Leadership feeds and nourishes its people. It is the spark which nourishes and drives the body. If Leadership performs poorly the organisation suffers. If Leadership stops, unless there is swift and effective action, the organisation will die.
How do we spot and identify the state of our Heart? With the human heart, there are a number of different ways –
Early symptoms are usually experiential and could include things like shortness of breath or pins and needles. Of course, these could be attributed to other problems, not heart-related so you could then go to diagnostic practices.
When I first was diagnosed with my heart condition H.O.C.M back in 2001 the doctors used an Electrocardiogram (ECG) which read my heart rhythm and allowed them to pick up irregularities which definitely indicated heart trouble. They then used an Echocardiogram (an ultrasound machine) to look at the structure ad function of my heart.
Symptoms in the Human Body are all good and well, but how does this tie in with identifying the shape of our organisation’s Heart?
Through my years of experience in helping sports people and organisations perform I have observed and learned that the early warning symptoms we see in the human body are similar to the ones of the organisational body so I thought I would share them with you.
Note – Although Poor Performance is a symptom, it is unfortunately usually a sign that the Heart has been performing poorly for a while. Below I have listed the Human Heart symptoms and causes along with Organisational Heart symptoms and causes.
In reading the above you may have noticed it reads ‘Potential Causes’. This is intentional!
As with my Heart symptoms I described at the start, my GP didn’t just listen to the symptoms (which combined are very highly Heart related) and give me a prognosis that it is my Heart, as there are other things that could cause the symptoms. First, they ran Heart-specific tests to make sure it is, in fact, the Heart.
It is similar in the organisational context. All the symptoms above are strongly indicative of Heart problems however it is critical before any corrective action takes place that a deeper investigation of the underlying causes takes place.
As I wrote in a previous post “Organisations rise and fall to the rhythm of its Heart” Make sure you are aware of the state of your Heart
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