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“Go put creed into your deed.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson For the past six months, I’ve been researching and developing an exciting new strategy model that expands possibility for leaders seeking to optimize long term value. It appears that while lip service is given to notions like core purpose, values, and offering employees support and development, at the end of the day, between the discomforting pace of increasing complexity and the compelling thrill of “winning the game” the leader’s focus often boils down to leveraging competitive advantage, expense cutting and shortRead More
The Most Important Strategy For Revitalizing Your Organization Ever more people today have the means to live, but no meaning to live for. —Victor Frankl Psychiatrist, neurologist and Holocaust survivor Victor Frankl wrote Man’s Search For Meaning – one of the ten most influential books in United States history according to the Library of Congress. His experiences taught him that our main drive in life is neither pleasure (as Freud thought), nor power (as Adler thought), but instead meaning. When contemplating the notion of employee engagement, it occurred to meRead More
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching As the greatest self-realized sages profess, mastering yourself is true power. And as someone masters himself or herself and moves to higher levels of consciousness (or self-actualization), he or she organically becomes the leader those with lesser development want to follow. In this way, the need for prevalent fear-based leadership tactics – command, control, cleverness, manipulation, hierarchy, and force – disappear. From my own experiential journeyRead More
(Continued from Part 1) 2. Expose Your Leadership Shadow Leadership is the power to influence others to create positive change. And we’re always influencing those in our businesses – regardless of our title or position, so it’s critical to get intentional about our values, and live our values daily. Understanding beliefs here is key, because beliefs drive values, values drive behavior and behavior extends to the creation of culture. The issue is many of our beliefs are self-limiting and unconscious, typically falling into three core areas: Inadequacy – I’m not (rich,Read More
“Hurry slowly” – Zen saying Accompanying the information age is the age of anxiety. There are seemingly infinite sources of stress all stemming from things we cannot control. Will we have enough money? How do we ensure we are successful? There is pressure to keep up at our jobs, in our businesses, with our families, friends, hobbies. The great stress and pressure from the need to be a good parent, a good son or daughter, a good sibling, a good friend and the list goes on. Our sense of innerRead More
“The master accumulates nothing but the more he does for others the greater his existence.” – Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching Do you believe you can effortlessly ride the path to prosperity – living in a state of wealth, balance and ease? Over the past few months, I’ve been actively working on my new keynote and book, A New Path To Prosperity, which is the first book to explore the psychological and social conditioning that causes destructive leadership behaviors (including CEO greed), while offering seven concrete practices for transcending strife,Read More
For the majority of my life I lived in fear, yet I didn’t realize it. When I looked at my life from my external conditioning, I had everything: a great wife, healthy kids, a lot of money, exciting toys and a powerful prestigious career. Then I lost the excess – my money, my toys, my career and my notion of freedom. I ended up serving six months in prison for fraud. When my ego-based construction of reality crumbled, the only place left to go was inward, so my soul searchingRead More
Further to my article, “A Cleanse From The Universe”, below are five practices to help you make empowered choices, release the excess baggage and discover true freedom. 1. Cultivate Clarity It’s vital to get clear on core limiting beliefs and the pattern of dissatisfaction or suffering they cause. Work with a skilled practitioner who can help you get clear on how your interpretation of events early in your life set the stage for the creation of your present reality. Once you have that clear understanding, you can replace old self-limitingRead More
(Editor’s note: We felt this article on listening is a perfect example of opening up and getting unstuck from the idea that we already know everything about a situation.) “Successful leadership depends on the quality of attention and intention that the leader brings to any situation.” – Otto Scharmer I’ve been studying a revolutionary system for leading, innovating, problem solving, and developing strategy. It was developed by MIT lecturer Otto Scharmer, in conjunction with seminal thought leader Peter Senge. It’s described simply in a business book they co-authored called “Presence”.Read More
“Love: strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties; warm attachment, enthusiasm or devotion.” – Merriam-Webster Dictionary I used to get annoyed by Valentine’s Day. I considered it a cash grab perpetrated by the greeting card, floral, lingerie and confectionary industries to get American consumers to pay $18.6 billion (according to the National Retail Federation) in order to materially express our love for our partners. I saw it as a ritualized example of commercial hucksterism. When I reflected on Valentine’s Day and the profit derived from theRead More