I’m a man of many ideas…some that come to fruition and others that just vanish into thin air. The ideas come from just about everywhere. That inspiration comes from books, friends, family, colleagues, and often people that I’ve never met. I’m also a dreamer. I believe that with collaboration, innovation, and inspiration, just about anything is possible.
Today, while sitting in church, those two worlds met. The world of ideas and dreams. It was the word “Avodah“ that caused the collision. “The transliteration, Avodah, is a Hebrew word meaning both to work and to worship.” Work and worship. Not separate, but together. Can you share and build faith within your work community? Why not?
Sometimes these ideas just hang out in my mind for what seems like forever. Here are three that I’ve been kicking around for awhile now. The overall concept is creating a team in the workplace that has a true bond built on faith, mind, and body.
- I once read something that John Calipari did with his basketball staff while at Memphis that intrigued me. They had a staff workout time. He had staff on the treadmill together, lift together, weigh-in together. Due to the long hours and intense work coaching requires, he thought their physical fitness was important. Sound body, sound mind. I have since read about and seen other businesses or schools who did things like this together
- I recently reached out to some colleagues about creating a collaborative group of educators focused on sharing innovative ideas. Some of this was in connection to seeing Dave Burgess recently at a conference. He inspired and motivated me to connect with others who are very creative and innovative. I feel like there are so many cutting-edge and creative ideas out there in education and I’d love to have a network where those could be shared.
- Faith and work. Regardless of what “faith” may mean to you or what religion you are, how can there be a further bond within the workplace centered on faith?
Those three ideas existed in their own individual silo before today. Before Avodah.
After listening to the service today, I think these ideas can exist together. They do for individuals. Why not the team? One of the areas I constantly am trying to improve upon is the culture, team, and sense of community within the workplace. As a leader, I’m also obsessed with creating an environment that allows people to be their absolute best, as employees and as humans. I think that’s why this idea is so personal to me.
I’m onto something here. Something that allows your team, TOGETHER, to stretch your mind, keep your body fit, and connect in faith. Avodah. People always go outside of their work community for these things, creating an additional layer in their lives. But what if they didn’t always have to.
I have a lot more thinking to do on this one, this idea, but I’m excited about the possibilities. The possibility of creating a structure that allows mind, body, and spirit to be fulfilled in the workplace each and every day. Instead of sharing completed and refined idea on the blog, this time I’m sharing an idea, an unfinished product, with the hope of making it a reality. I’d love to hear any thinking, ideas, or possibilities you might have as it relates to this. I’m guessing this will be other posts to follow building from this. Avodah.