Coaching us in collaboration and cooperation, Lōkahi is often referred to as the value of teamwork. The word itself translates to “harmony and unity.” People who work together can achieve more in an organization, and Lōkahi teaches us to pursue workplace harmony where individual strengths are recognized, and people value cohesive similarities and also appreciate characteristic differences. Managers are urged to consider pace in Lōkahi, so they can coach and best align individual energy levels as team facilitators.
From Managing with Aloha (Chapter 8 preamble):
Harmony and unity
Cooperation and collaborative work
People who work together can achieve more
Lōkahi is the value of harmony and unity.
Lōkahi seeks harmony in bringing people to win-win agreements. It is working with cooperation and collaboration, so all who contribute feel valued and unified.
Lōkahi brings these endeavors to teamwork, defining how those who work within an ‘Ohana in business can be most effective in their collaborative efforts.
Lōkahi gives us a receptive demeanor to strive for in working with our peers in the most productive way. We want their help and ask for it. Many hands, laulima, make the work more pleasant, ‘olu‘olu, and they move it along faster. With Lōkahi we achieve more by working together in harmony with others, for Lōkahi strives for synergy as what’s best in creating possibilities.
Continue your learning!
For a brief, single-page listing of all 19 Hawaiian Values of ALOHA within the Managing with Aloha philosophy, see The 19 Values of Aloha.
For more about values and why we choose them, see Let’s Define Values.
This is the Site Index of articles which include LŌKAHI, with comment boxes for questions, stories, and our continued learning from each other: When people speak, they give voice to values, and their personal expression of them. In Hawai‘i, we call this expression their mana‘o.
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