6 Theses on Meaning and Values
in Personal Life and Work Environments
Winlaw, B.C., Canada
Life is full of challenges and opportunities.
Hence, we are called to respond according to our personal situation
and possibilities. Based on Frankl's Existential Analysis (1984)
and some enhancements to his work, the following 6 theses are presented
to inspire a valuable discussion on meaning and values in our personal
and corporate life:
1. Personal responsibility:
A human being first of all aspires to organize his or her life meaningful
and values-oriented. In choosing from the various categories of
values within the different areas of living one uses patterns typical
for one's type of personality, which is forged by one's socio-cultural
environment. The plan of one's individual life and its realization,
however, express one's personal and individual handwriting - a personal
response to life's demands.
2. Personal Responsiveness:
A person organizes her life within natural and cultural relations
and towards individual and social orientation. Thereby she uses
the following categories of values and meaning: creational values,
experiential values, and attitudinal values. The different levels
of organization are: spiritual, psychological, physical. Her instruments
for orientation and control are intuition and feeling as well as
reason and conscience.
Facing various challenges and situations, a person feels his life
to be full of meaning and intact in as much as he orientates himself
towards the richness of what he shall, will and can do and as far
as he indeed translates that into action. Wherever he stays behind
he feels his life to be broken and limited according to the tragic
triad of pain, guilt and death. In freely and responsibly organizing
his life and by consciously dealing with his failures and limits
man becomes the entrepreneur of his personal and social future.
4. Social responsibility:
A major part of a person's life she lives within social relations
and especially at work. Choosing and organizing her work environment
and the company she is working for, is an integral part of the process
of organizing her personal life. Depending on how much she shall,
will and can influence that process she also will be part of organizing
5. Social responsiveness:
Companies and corporations do orient themselves by values they create
for themselves ("internal corporate culture", "profit") and for
others ("external corporate culture", "benefits"). Therefore persons,
tasks, tools and information have to be organized properly. The
resulting organizational units, processes, products and services
serve the purpose of the company.
leadership: A company is perceived as meaningful and valuable
in as much as its products and services are well accepted and purchased.
Therefore the organizational process within a company not only has
to be designed according to its purpose (management) but it also
has to be translated in a meaningful and values-oriented way (leadership).
A company succeeds in as much as the entrepreneurs and managing
leaders succeed in integrating the personal life of as many people
as possible into the process of designing the company's culture
and strategy and as they manage to get involved as many people as
feasible in that process.
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