Is Your Team/Business Emotionally Sustainable?

Anna Margolis
4 min readNov 3, 2020

If you resonate with the idea that:

1. Life is designed to be ᴄᴏᴏᴘᴇʀᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ʀᴀᴛʜᴇʀ ᴛʜᴀɴ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴇᴛɪᴛɪᴠᴇ;

2. Humanity’s future depends on mutually beneficial cooperation at a planetary scale;

3. Our individual and collective success depends on a shift in our way of thinking, from rigid mindsets to valuing multiple perspectives, recognizing our interdependence and common humanity; and

4. The integration of all this comes through collaboration and empathy;

Then as those of us living in a startup context, or a small group of people who are pursuing or generating resources together, experience increasingly complexity and chaos unfolding in the world…..

And traverse through the shadow of chaos transmuting it into the gift of innovation and accessing the innate 𝑣𝑎𝑠𝑡 𝑢𝑛𝑑𝑒𝑟𝑙𝑦𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑛𝑠𝑓𝑜𝑟𝑚𝑎𝑡𝑖𝑣𝑒 𝑜𝑟𝑑𝑒𝑟 of it all…..

We will inevitably face the emotional challenges that come with failing until we succeed.

At this point, I would invite you to think of the emotions that those challenges bring up in us, as pockets of potential energy;

Energy that has the potential to be turned into useful (and super environmentally friendly) fuel for your collective endeavor;

Meaning that there is nothing WRONG with those emotions, per se.

It’s really more a matter of how they’re handled.

Because being vulnerable and allowing ourselves to feel them fully and navigate through them;

And coming to an open-hearted space with one another on the other side;

Actually deeply SERVES what you’re creating together because it creates more trust and more stability in your team’s bonds.

According to Daniel Christian Wahl, the integration of all this comes through collaboration and EMPATHY, remember?

Empathy being “the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

But if the feelings aren’t allowed to surface then that emotion remains unprocessed in the collective field and it acts like a little block of static that interferes with your ability to…

Anna Margolis

As a former lawyer, Anna merges material world memories, tales of transformation and embodied experience in articulating the future of collaboration