Building “Ohana”

Two weeks ago I had the good fortune to bring a team of 5 amazing graphic recorders to Hawaii for a large conference with one of my favorite clients.  There is a phrase the natives use to describe family … ‘Ohana.  One of the stories we experienced was about how when the Polynesians needed to cross the ocean on long journeys they used canoes. The canoe crew needed to paddle in a rhythmic formation to reach their shared destination.  When each paddler focused and was aligned with the rest if the team, they got to their destination much quicker…and safer.

How do we build ‘Ohana within our organizations?  We need good people, good leadership and a persistence to keep going. We must focus on the issues and problems that impact the whole. Then  we simply need to LET PEOPLE OWN THEIR WORK.

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