France, 1756, French revolution, one slogan among many others used during the French revolution and that means: “Liberty consists of being able to do anything that does not harm others: thus, the exercise of the natural rights of every man or woman has no bounds other than those that guarantee other members of society the enjoyment of these same rights. The law must be the same for all, whether it protects or punishes. All citizens, being equal in its eyes, shall be equally eligible to all high offices, public positions and employments, according to their ability, and without other distinction than that of their virtues and talents.”
Simple and beautiful, isn’t it? Almost 250 years ago, the republic was coming to life in a bath of blood so that today I have the right to write this down. This came alive, laws were drawn, almost all Europe is now under democracy and freedom.
But what about our companies? The offices where we go daily and invest at least one third of our day?
Does “egalite” exist in them? Can you look your boss in the eyes and feel equal? Really feel that you are just two colleagues with different responsibilities and focus?
Do you feel the “fraternite” when giving a feedback as in: wanting to help the other see the world through your eyes and maybe realise a mistake?
Do you breath the air of “liberte” when walking down the isles? That liberty that makes you like your company and want to help to make it a better place?
Shouldn’t be that hard to build something like this, isn’t it? Let’s try tomorrow, today is too late 😉