Does JOY have a place in Business? We Say YES!

24 Jun Does JOY have a place in Business? We Say YES!

“Money and Success follows JOY, not the other way around.”  

Simone Milasis, author, Joy of Business.


Recently, our leadership team spent our Monday 90-minute update meeting focusing on JOY.  You may be thinking…’What does JOY have to do with business? Our answer: Everything!


When we are connected to what we enjoy, we do our best work. We are in flow, more possibilities are clear, and a regeneration occurs versus feeling pressure or stress to complete a task. When a team is unified  around a common strategy and vision, more productivity emerges. When a company culture holds enjoyment as a guiding principle, the culture is more alive, and everyone and everything the organization touches is made better. There is a vitality that is felt by those involved.


Our Discovery

What we noticed during our dialogue about JOY, is that we each had personal and professional stories of when we experienced joy. After we all shared, we noticed that there were three common themes that amplify how and when JOY is felt and remembered:


  1. When we are giving back, or being of service, JOY is present;
  2. When we contribute to something greater than ourselves, JOY comes with knowing that we are able to create a larger impact through the team effort as well as the connection with others; and
  3. When we feel valued, seen, and recognized for our contributions, JOY is felt.


How does all this translate to business?


  1. How does your organization’s service or products act ‘in service’ to your audience(s)?
  2. Is there a clarified, well established, and strongly held common focus/vision/strategy for your company? Are your leaders and teams clear on the direction and do they feel part of the shared vision?
  3. Do you have a mechanism and culture of appreciation and recognition? Are you cultivating people’s best contributions in service to your vision and to your company’s clients/customers?  


If you struggle with any of these questions, this may be the time to open the dialogue.


If you’d like to conduct your own discussion of JOY with your team and organization, here’s a simple guide to get you started. If you need support, please let us know. Facilitating these types of discussions relative to driving business growth is what we do. 


Conducting a JOY Business Meeting with your Team:


  1. Invite your team to a JOY meeting – come prepared to share what JOY means to them and how it shows up in life and at work. 
  2. Create an agreement that the meeting is a safe-zone of non-judgement so you are able to surface important and deep experiences in order to have the best chance to generate change and clear any barriers people may be experiencing.
  3. Carve out and protect 90 minutes of time, more if your team is larger than 10. 
  4. If you are in person, have everyone positioned in a circle either in chairs or around a table. Or meet via teleconferencing . Call out an order ahead of time so that people can be present and listen rather than waiting for their turn to speak. Give each person three minutes to share their response to the following question. “When do you feel the most JOY? Share about how this occurs in your life and at work.” Offer depth by inviting exploration into what activities, destinations, sights, sounds, past journeys, etc. people experienced and can share.The more visceral the description, the more helpful.
  5. After each person speaks, ask the group if they notice any common themes. What are the ways people describe the physical sensation of joy? Notice the vibe in the room/on the call, when everyone speaks about JOY, how would you describe the vibe? Can you describe this through a color or a “tone?”  How does it feel in your body? This is important to capture, write down on a white board or in teleconferencing chat, as this captures the ‘energy’ of JOY and when we identify it we can call it up and return to it whenever it’s helpful.
  6. Ask the team “In what areas of our collective work do we notice JOY showing up? Where do we NOT notice it? How can we bring in more of it into what we do?  What would have to change in order to make more room for more JOY to exist? What would it take for us to be in JOY all the time? What would this do to our productivity, client satisfaction, turnover rate, performance outcomes, stress level, and more?”
  7. Ask the team what keeps them individually and collectively from having this experience 100% of the time. What specific blocks affect the team? Affect the whole organization? What can be done to remove these blocks? Clearing these blocks is possible through rewriting processes, agreements, rules, standards, responsibilities, expectations and making new agreements. You can create shifts that allow for higher states of creative expression, innovation, and ability to bring more individual true talents into application and service to the company. 
  8. Decide on a new agreement to hold JOY in all meetings. Decide how this will show up to start meetings, hallway discussions, reviews, team collaborations, client interactions and more.  
  9. Questions we can ask ourselves daily: “How can I make this fun? When do we need to work on this in order for ease and optimal creativity to emerge? How can I turn up the dial on my own JOY before we start this project? What mindset  am I choosing to be in or am I in when doing what is in front of me?”


 How will you use JOY to activate YOUR vision?


Reach out for more suggestions or to secure a date for your next Leadership Team offsite (virtual or in person). We integrate joy and intentional play into business strategy and strategic implementation for companies, nonprofits and schools by activating more capacity within your team and organization. Joyfully!



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