Speis means courage, spirit, lightness, hope, vitality, warmth, joy and aspiration. These states can drive energy and effort, provide direction, and accomplish goals — in business as well as all of life. Who wouldn’t want it? Because we all aspire to be the best version of ourselves. To be and to give our best is to be deeply happy. But the paradox is that real life can get in the way, or so it seems. The fast pace of work leaves little room for error, never mind time to fix the cracks that limit us. Yet who hasn’t been dismayed when stress exposes our fault lines, exactly when performance demands the full throttle of our best skills and functioning?
Fortunately, as Leonard Cohen says, these cracks are potentially our best ally. Cracks in our personal makeup, our behavioral habits and emotional vulnerabilities harbor deep energy – energy that can either be viewed as an enemy to be battled and suppressed; or energy that can open us to vitality and flow. Inside these cracks lie force vectors that can paralyze individuals and organizations with dysfunction; or which can transform stagnation and frustration to resilience and commitment.