Personal Pain and Purpose // Professional Pain and Purpose
Much of what we do centers around these four realities.
- Personal pain.
- Personal purpose.
- Professional pain.
- Professional purpose.
As chaplains, we’re navigating these worlds and realities with spiritual intelligence (SQ). We’re pulling from our faith tradition, social science disciplines, business leadership, and even the arts. We’re encouraging change and growth in these four quadrants.
That’s why it’s so vital to have a great working partnership with the CEO, the president, the owner. The company has the capacity to be in the business of helping people grow and change, personally and professionally. As Phil Knight (co founder of Nike) once said after visiting one of his signed athletes at the hospital, “It’s never just business. It never will be. If it ever does become just business, that will mean that business is very bad.” Knight understood that business was about people, purpose, coping with pain. It was all encompassing.
In some ways, we function as corporate chaplains (to address personal pain and a seeking of purpose and meaning), but also as corporate consultants (to address professional pain and a seeking of purpose and meaningful work). We long to journey with an employee as we enter into their “inner culture” and learn more about their pain and need for purpose. We also long to journey with the employer as we enter their “work culture” and learn about the company’s pain and drive for purpose.
As chaplains/consultants, we can’t separate these two realities: personal and professional. In the workplace, they’re so intertwined. We’ve tried. It just doesn’t work.
The aim is to be a service that engages the team member where they are and assist in helping them flourish.