Today, at Gemstone, we deliver training to current and future leaders at international firms looking to unite and transform their teams. We are fortunate to be guiding some of the most forward thinking companies in Mauritius, and to be sharing in the human potential that they are unlocking. The work we do gives us a deep sense of purpose and meaning.
But it’s been a long journey to get to where we are.
Before cofounding Gemstone, we both experienced working on projects and in teams where the value of our contribution wasn’t clear: the tasks made sense, and objectives were achieved, but the big picture purpose was hidden under layers of complexity and silos, busywork, and people looking out for themselves more than the team or the customer. In short, there was a lack of intrinsic motivation to excel and serve, resulting in missed potential, resistance to change, and the best talent leaving for better opportunities elsewhere.
On the other hand, we also experienced managers who got it. And this made all the difference. Their influence was the beginning of our journey to understand real leadership.
We wanted to understand what it was that these true leaders demonstrated, and why it made such a big difference to our engagement at work. We reached out to friends, many of whom felt the same demotivation that had sapped our creativity and potential as graduates. We looked at the latest organisational psychology and behavioural research from Harvard, INSEAD and other world-class institutions; from leading consulting companies like Bain & Company, modern leadership and entrepreneurship authors such as Simon Sinek, Lawrence Miller and Eric Ries and even secular and religious philosophies. We also looked at the companies getting it right.
Through our research we began to find answers to our questions and learn lessons that have stuck with us since. Our positive experiences suddenly made sense: we learned that our best managers fostered our growth by creating the conditions for learning and optimal performance instead of simply providing objectives and requesting status updates. We felt the difference between traditional management - knowledge being dispensed and behaviours imposed - and what we now refer to as Organic Leadership, where our aspirations to excel were cultivated by those who took the time to build strong professional relationships with their subordinates. These leaders tapped into our motivations and individual strengths, built trust within our teams and, with structure and discipline, united us around a clear and meaningful purpose. Above all, they instilled a sense of service and allowed us to truly contribute through our work.
We truly believe that the world is ready for a different leadership approach. When we look around, we can see the world is changing fast. Thanks to technology and automation, we all have the opportunity to fully leverage our humanity in our professions and approach work as a force for good. That’s why we’re passionate about guiding today’s leaders to build what we call Organic Team Environments. We do this by unearthing the hidden treasures in each individual and bring them together for positive collective transformation.
As we guide leaders in Mauritius today in the corporate workplace, it’s no surprise that this Organic approach can be implemented with ease. They describe the organic approach as “unlocking the mind” and “involving us emotionally in change”. Participants describe the strong bonds they are building with colleagues through sharing, learning from one another, and discovering that everyone sees things differently. Above all, they uncover newfound motivation to engage with and empower their teams.
Over to you.
Imagine what your company would look like if teams felt united around a clear and compelling common purpose... How future-proof your company would be if people’s hidden gems - unique and inherently human strengths, interests and natural skills - were revealed and leveraged beyond simple task execution.
Imagine having the best talent within your company, demonstrating effective leadership and inspiring change in others.
Imagine the impact on your staff engagement, customer satisfaction, and the value that your company provides to the world.
It all started with a simple realisation: people are not containers to be filled with insight and knowledge, but mines rich in unique and valuable gems to be revealed and polished. This is what it takes to move to the human economy. Are you ready to share in its treasures?
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