Extractive organizations create value for a few by taking from others. Generative organizations create value for all by helping others. Many of us acknowledge that our future depends on a transition from extractive to generative economies.
Fewer acknowledge that the same goes for our individual work as changemakers. Too often, we exhaust ourselves to do good. We extract our inner resources doing what we “should” do, no matter how unsustainable. Eventually, we burn out.
What I’m beginning to realize is that we all make our greatest contributions only when we focus on the work that truly brings us alive. This generative work gives back to us as we give to it. It’s an engine powered entirely by renewable energy. It never burns out.
What’s the change work that you stick to even though it exhausts you?
And what’s the change work that actually brings you alive?