Habits Can Make or Break Your Grassroots Organization

by Elena Veatch


Grassroots Organization Routines Can Lead to Success or Disaster.

A good habit can be the ingredient for success in running your personal life and your grassroots organization.

Recurring triggers in our day-to-day lives evoke responses that turn into habits over time. We carry out these routines without thinking, our brains craving the reward we associate with the response we’ve cultivated. Some of us habitually respond to stress by going for a walk or a run, while others opt for a pastry to cope with that same cue. Habits affect everything we do, and luckily, we can change them if we work at it.

Habits, in turn, can shape the way your grassroots organization functions. If your organization is far from the well-oiled machine you want it to be, prioritize one good habit to focus on introducing to make your operation more efficient. Make sure everyone in your organization is aware of and has bought into this “keystone habit,” and hold people equally accountable for making it a part of the work culture.

A “keystone habit” becomes the common lens through which every member of your team makes decisions – it could be something like open communication. Once your team is consciously considering this commitment in carrying out their work, it becomes easier to adopt other good habits across the board to tackle organizational obstacles. In other words, by changing just one aspect of your grassroots organization, you are paving the way for success in the long run.

For more on “keystone habits” and how they can make any company or organization, check out Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit.

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