Last night we went to a launch meeting for the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice. The Order of St. Augustine is a United Nations NGO dedicated to justice and peace, and the Centre will act as its Canadian Commission. After a kick-off by hosts Brian Dwyer, Lisa Romano-Dwyer and Emeka Obiezu, Regis College’s Jack Costello, shared some very moving thoughts on what’s changed in our world and why we need to change our thinking on homelessness. Stephen Gaetz, told us about the Homeless Hub, and some research that shows the impact of homelessness on our youth.
What’s all this got to do with my business, you might ask? It’s a question of faith. Not just “big-F” faith, or religious faith, but a belief that problems can be solved, or that challenges are surmountable. Everyone in attendance last night didn’t agree on how homelessness could be addressed. Each had their own ideas. But everyone agreed on one thing: that the lack of a basic human need such as shelter, in a country as rich as Canada, should be resolved. They all left the room full of hope, ideas, and a will to do something.
Now fast-forward to whatever challenges you’re facing in your work and imagine…a new product to be launched in complex market? Declining margins in the face of new economic realities? Customers who are looking for a solution that you can’t figure out how to provide? Imagine bringing your team together in a room. If you can agree on the over-arching principle that your problem can, and should, be solved, that’s faith. Bring together a committed team of individuals who believe something can be done, and it will, even if you can’t yet see what that solution is.
Have a little faith,
Megann and Steve