The First New Agreement: Find Your Purpose
Each of us comes into our life experience for a purpose. This is also true of our work. We are yearning for meaning in our work. Meaning appears connected with one doing something in the world that makes a difference, both individually and for the collective. Work without purpose and meaning, no matter how "successful" we become, is more drudgery than fulfillment.
The Second New Agreement: Grow and Serve Your People
Serving one's people is the essence of Servant Leadership. This commitment to service is one of the most important values exhibited by the greatest leaders who have graced our history. It appears that Servant Leaders are committed to the continuous growth of their people. The Second New Agreement recognizes that, in growing their people, Servant Leaders set their people up to be successful now and in the future, a critical role for outstanding leaders and managers.
The Third New Agreement: Be a Systems Thinker*
Systems experts tell us that 94% of the results we experience in the workplace, both good and not so good, are a function of the systems in which people work, not the efforts of those people. Few leaders and managers are aware of this fact or take a systems-based approach to solving problems and improving performance? To set up one's people and the organization for success, a leader or manager must begin to think in terms of systems being the source of the problems as opposed to the legacy focus on trying to get people to behave differently.
The Fourth New Agreement: Practice a Little Every Day
Realizing a higher purpose for work - learning to grow and serve our people - becoming a systems thinker, are work mastery skill sets. To master something new requires regular practice. The Fourth New Agreement is what makes the Four New Agreements real in leaders and managers and in the workplace. We become what we practice. The most effective practice is done a little every day.
*Although the Agreements work best as an integrated whole, becoming a systems thinker, on its own, fundamentally shifts the way leaders and managers view the workplace and their role in it. If implemented widely, this single Agreement can transform both the workplace and our world in profound and beautiful ways.