Sharing Bread Together

OD Guy Kenny Moore once pointed out that the word "company" comes from "sharing bread together."

He wrote: "At its core, company is about meaning, purpose and mutual support. Many of today’s businesses had their origins around like-minded individuals coming
together to support and nurture each other in starting a labor of love."

That gave me one of those "Whoa!" moments. How many companies have an awareness of this? How many have lost this sense of company...and lost their way as a result?

What are the implications for managers?

Moore points out a connection to employee engagement: "It is when people feel a sense of belonging and purpose that they more willingly contribute not only their hands but also their heads and hearts to bring about business success."

What are the implications for Organization Development practitioners?

Moore suggests that long-term organizational success is "less about the bottom line and more about establishing a sense of shared community and passion for the effort."

Posted by Terrence Seamon, July 5, 2007

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