Rituals & need for organisational recuperation

September 20, 2020
By Rowan Belchers

I love rituals.

They add meaning and density and depth to anything we do, regardless of how simple.

Prayer. Affirmation. Rights of passage. The end of life. The beginning of life.

People respond to rituals – they know the difference between a ritual process and a regular gathering.

Why do rituals matter enough to be written about here? My contention is that your organisations and the people in them have all experienced some significant levels of trauma this year and, if the performance of your business matters to you, that trauma needs some attending to.

Rituals can include:

  • Appreciations
  • Recognition of impact
  • The passing of a passage of time
  • Loss
  • Rebirth
  • New opportunities

Rituals are less easily done with social distancing in place, but that will pass. They can be done remotely with a similar impact.

What matters is your presence in leading such rituals – your character, rather than your skills.

There’s more to the topic than what I have written about here and if you are interested in exploring corporate rituals reach out to me directly and we can go into this territory in more detail.

Remember that the goal isn’t getting your organisations back to ‘par’, energy-wise. It’s building extra capacity for the challenging times to come.

Rowan Belchers

Rowan Belchers

Rowan is the founder and CEO of Lockstep, a business leadership consultancy. Lockstep works with CEO’s, executive teams and future leaders globally, partnering with clients who seek customised leadership solutions. Rowan is a highly respected advisor to CEOs with over two decades’ experience in guiding businesses and their leaders towards reaching their fullest potential. Rowan leads The CEO Project, a Lockstep initiative.
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