Coaching World Issue 7: August 2013 - Page 34

The Five Personal Pillars The Five Organizational Pillars Vocation The individual’s personal development has tremendous implications for the organization, with each worker’s position on the circle of personal development playing a role in which pillar of development the organization reaches. At the individual scale, vocation (from the Latin vocatio) comes first. Vocatio means “to call,” “to invoke” or “to summon.” It is this inner calling from the soul that tells us what it is that we are meant to dedicate ourselves to, that signaling to an occupation to which a person is specially drawn or for which she is suited, trained or qualified. Vocation’s opposite is obligation, a forceful outer command to do something. Devotion If we heed our vocation, we should experience a true and genuine dedication to it—after all, the Latin root of “devotion” is devotio, meaning “dedicated by a vow.” Devotion is understood as an ardent, often selfless, affection for and dedication to a task. There is no devotion without vocation. Devotion implies total involvement with a cause. Its opposite is disengagement. Transformation Derived from the Latin transformatio, transformation refers to a change in something’s form or shape. We are transformed and transform the world around us if we follow our vocation with devotion. We abandon the feeling of alienation and achieve the sensation of belonging, changing our ego-centered tendencies into community-building efforts. Transformation’s opposite is stagnation. Perfection Defined as fulfillment of the highest standards, perfection (from the Latin perficio, meaning “to finish” or “to bring to an end”) has with it a sense of completeness, roundness and wholeness. This ensues once inner transformation is assimilated and mastered into an artistic way of functioning in life. Perfection’s opposite is defectiveness. Satisfaction When perfection is attained, the sense of satisfaction (from the Latin satisfactio, meaning to “atone for sin,” “discharge fully,” “make amends” or “comply with a requirement”) finally is achieved. In this case, it means to comply with what the inner voice requires, and thus