Adding bling does not and cannot improve our health personally. No amount of superficial adornment (e.g., jewelry, make-up, designer clothes, etc.) can improve our personal health.
The same goes for organizational wellbeing. Fresh paint, new furniture, re-orgs, trendy software are all superficial adornments that do not and cannot impact the fundamental health of the organization.
To fully address our personal health and that of the organizations to which we belong, it requires the following:
- Careful attention and assessment of the inputs that may be impairing the outputs (i.e. health and wellbeing) - whether nutritionally, physically, culturally, emotionally, socially, or spiritually.
- Intentional learning about both the unhealthy antecedents and the alternatives that will reverse (not mask) the "illnesses."
- Personal and collective commitments to making the habitual changes necessary to move ourselves and our organizations toward optimal health - in effect, altering the inputs.
Consequential leadership (in the form of personal and organizational choices) is required to make those moves.
Everything else is just bling.
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