When an organization or an individual strives toward greater health, one of the important indicators of progress is a freer flow of energy toward desired goals. For an individual, this can show up as greater psychological and physical ease and stamina. In an organization, it often takes the form of increased excitement and employees’ willingness to invest more of their discretionary energy in making things work well.
One of the lessons I learned from studying massage therapy is that energy sometimes gets stuck. Tight muscles can signal a place where the body is holding on and needs to be reminded to let go. The work of the massage therapist is to identify these places and, rather than force them to release, invite the client to bring awareness to them and let the muscles relax.
As I thought about this, it reminded me of something called the Theory of Constraints, an approach to improving the performance of systems that was originally developed in the manufacturing arena. The approach suggests that rather than trying to optimize or fix every element of a system at once, you need to [Read more…]