To continue the progress garnered from their growth with ProHabits, Scientel has been forwarding a groundbreaking philosophy of work focused on Being rather than doing. This philosophy is rooted in the leadership’s understanding that the essence of a company, in the emerging marketplace, is not simply the product or service, but the people. The philosophy of Being is then manifested in bold new practices, such as the Visioning Exercise and the Johari Window, led by Trevor Belcher.
Doing vs. Being
The doing philosophy of work is one that suggests work is somehow separate from your life -- that asks you to give your labor without concern for self-development -- so long as you produce. The present models of “Doing” and outdated philosophies of work are failing both leadership and employees in cultivating their best selves. Because of this they are also failing to actualize the full potential of the workplace.
When the focus remains on the doing of work, going to work is simply a transaction -- a place to focus on doing a few tasks for a paycheck -- all the while counting down the minutes before you can go home. This sort of “doing-focused” work often leads to disengagement and creates cynical employees ripe for burnout.
The work philosophy of Being is about aligning your professional and personal goals into a singular whole. It asks: “who do you want to become?”
With this model, you are called to become your best self -- working with all sides of your personality to become the best you can be. This means engaging your best talents and interests to work towards creating something larger than yourself.
A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.
— old proverb
Listen to understand, not to reply
Don’t Solve Problems with Problems
The visioning exercise
Among the mindful exercises utilized at Scientel for better self understanding is the visioning exercise. The visioning exercise involves writing your personal vision of yourself. First writing about who you are and then who you want to become. This means you contemplate your inward understanding of yourself, how it relates to your outer world, and what self-actualizing means for you personally. This contemplation asks that you consider your path toward self-actualization by first reflecting on a time when you felt empowered and enabled.
The process of contemplating who you are, rather than what you do, isn’t the norm at work. So, as could be expected, there is usually an initial confusion about the purpose of the practice and one’s first response to the activity usually involves “what they do”. This is a common step in the process, and through further guidance, individuals are able to alter their thinking towards “who they are” - towards being.
The exercise offers participants the opportunity to simultaneously grow in their self knowledge and leads to the development of greater interpersonal and self awareness.
The Scientel team experience
I really appreciate working for a company that is so interested in personal growth. It shows that scientel is dedicated to their employees not only in a corporate business way but also a personal way.