Effectively in the right direction.

What causes the yearly increase of the percentage of burnouts? How come so many people see working as an accepted way of suffering? On the other hand, how come ORMIT’ers can guarantee energetic leadership in the 21st century? Over more than 12 years I’ve been a fan of ORMIT, an extraordinary club that makes the ‘average’ academics more effective, more self-aware and above all socially more powerful.

To get organisations, teams and individuals on the right track, a notion of direction is necessary. Seems easy, but how do you determine this direction? A captain’s immediate response will be ‘grab thy compass and look into the horizon’. However, for humans there is no such thing as the magnetic north. We can’t go to an outdoor shop to buy ourselves a personal compass. Nonetheless, we must seek for our ‘true north’.

If you don’t make a plan for you own life, you will be put in someone else’s plans.

Over more than 20 years I’ve been fascinated, almost obsessed, by the secret behind successful people and organisations. In my initial analysis I figured that extraordinary intelligence and above average talent were the fundaments of all out-performers. For years I was convinced that if you were smart enough and you worked very hard, you could achieve whatever you wanted to. This vision was confirmed quite often as well in the world around me. Intelligent, competent and driven people have the best jobs, earn the most money and seem to be the happiest. Until I discovered more and more that there are a lot of people as well who are extremely smart and work really hard but nonetheless can’t seem to realize their dreams. There were even people that are more intelligent and have more titles than the ones sitting ‘higher up’. This partly disturbed my vision of ‘knowledge + ability to execute + motivation = success’. As I started to pay more attention to it, it really became funny. All of the sudden, everywhere I looked I saw situations that weren’t in line with this formula. Reintegration coaching while having a burnout, a divorce lawyer in a marriage crisis, a pedagogue who can’t seem to handle her own teenagers and relationship therapists in heavy quarrels with their partners. One by one people who studied well, facing life with a passion and a drive, but still can’t seem to manage to be on good terms with themselves and others. Or even be effective.

Strangely enough the secret behind success appears to be something totally different. Something that seems intangible yet is easily to define: ENERGY!

Organisations and individuals that ‘have it all’, all seem to burst with energy. Their actions seem to be determined by a pure and catching fire. Where one might call it charisma or authenticity, I call it congruence; a situation in which passion and talent come together and form an almost magical force field. The antithesis; incongruence shows an even harder evidence of our theorem. People who are not on the right track altogether claim that life takes a lot of energy. Even more, they drain their environment from energy. In fact, incongruence is the ultimate formula for a burn-out.

If your (working) week costs you more energy than it generates, you will slowly but surely collapse

ORMIT proves the best of this, congruence is training. When you learn people at a young age how to set directions and subsequently stay on that track, this will lead to great efficiency on a long term. Not only will you provide society with strong entities, ORMIT’ers too will pass on their knowledge. They are driven by and as well as infect others with energy. According to me, this is THE definition of socially responsible entrepreneurship!

Remco Claassen

(trainer / speaker / author in the field of leadership, personal development and communication)

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