Today I want to talk to you about Promoting Unity.
Promoting unity is an important component of managing any successful organization from billion-dollar corporations down to small families. Sharing a common belief and having a sense of a common Purpose are crucial for unifying a team of coworkers, sports players or members of a family. Establishing a sense of cohesion can help them more effectively Achieve their common goals.
The following is a list of 5 ways to help you promote unity in the small groups you belong to.
1. Develop a Common Goal
Having a common, clearly-defined goal lets people know what direction they should move in. Have a meeting and ask everyone what their idea of the shared goal is, if appropriate. Write down everyone’s ideas and validate them. And then, see if there is a common thread. Decide on your common goal and establish parameters, like the date the goal should be achieved.
2. Arrange Unifying Activities
Depending on the type of organization, unifying activities can be an enjoyable, light-hearted way of fostering a sense of cooperation. Plan a scavenger hunt, have a barbecue or potluck lunch or sponsor a company softball team. Have a picnic or a party in the warmer months and invite everyone to bring their families. Arrange activities, such as volleyball or tug-of-war, to make it a fun experience for everyone.
3. Encourage Open Communication
Encourage everyone to communicate in an open, honest manner. In order to promote a sense of unity, everyone needs to feel valued and acknowledged. If people have complaints or suggestions about how things are going, let them voice these concerns in an open forum without criticizing or judging. You might do this in a setting where everyone can voice their concerns or grievances or contribute suggestions in a group, or, if you’re running a business, have an open-door policy, letting team members know that they are always welcome to discuss these issues in private.
4. Celebrate Important Events
Celebrating important events together, whether it’s birthdays, holidays or organizational achievements, can promote a sense of unity. Have a small party to celebrate events. Plan your party accordingly, and make it a festive, cheerful occasion. Buy decorations and send out notices and announcements for the party.
5. Problem Solving
Solve problems when they arise. Nothing kills a sense of unity faster than problems that go ignored. Attending to problems and addressing the concerns of team or family members lets them know that you care about them, that they are not just a number to you and that you have a commitment to promoting unity and cooperation.
Unity is something that is lacking throughout our society. Establishing a sense of unity in the small groups that we are associated with, especially our families, will help to foster a greater sense of unity throughout society as well.
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