Monday, September 19, 2016

Successful Diversity

The Mystery within...
I continue to read Susan Cain’s book, “Quiet—The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking,” and am fascinated by her report of Harvard Business School’s preference for more extroverted students.  She also cites management theorist, Jim Collins’ study of the best performing companies of the late 20th century: 

“Collins hadn’t set out to make a point about quiet leadership.  When he started his research, all he wanted to know was what characteristics made a company outperform its competition.  He selected eleven standout companies to research in depth.  Initially he ignored the question of leadership altogether, because he wanted to avoid simplistic answers but when he analyzed what the highest-performing companies had in common, the nature of their CEO’s jumped out at him.  Every single one of them was led by an unassuming man…  Those who worked with these leaders tended to describe them with the following words:  quiet, humble, modest, reserved, shy, gracious, mild mannered, self-effacing, understated.”

“The lesson, says Collins, is clear.  We don’t need giant personalities to transform companies.  We need leaders who build not their own egos but the institutions they serve.”

Another fact that stood out for me is the employees of these unassuming leaders were more often motivated to think for themselves and offer their thoughts in a more accepting atmosphere.  It is clear to me the dynamic of more interaction and contribution sourced in diversity is the foundation for success, not just for a company, but for a country, and all of life.  I have to wonder if the growing divide between the haves and the have nots in America is exacerbated by our 21st century discrimination toward introverts?


What if we all understood the importance of the many facets of diversity more often?            

Monday, September 12, 2016

Diversity's Gifts

The Mystery within...

The importance of accepting the diversity of different personality types is being brought home for me in a new way as I begin reading “Quiet—The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking” by Susan Cain.  Societies’ growing preference for the out-going and gregarious personality is disquieting in that it discriminates against the gifts of the more quiet and reflective introverts.  I now see, in a new way, how important it is to respect, revere and promote the gifts of both extroverts and introverts non-judgmentally.


What if in accepting the gifts of the other more often, we highlight the gift that we are?        

Monday, September 5, 2016

Deep Kindness


The Mystery within...

Events in my past week have naturally led me to do some self-life review.  I coupled that with my hard won understanding of the importance of compassionate self-love and self-forgiveness.  Putting it all together led me to an experience for which I’m not sure there is yet a word to adequately describe the power of that alchemy.  All I can say is that when criticized for a past inaction, I was filled with compassion and forgiveness for the other, and myself, and knew only deep kindness and love.  

Monday, August 29, 2016

Ego

The Mystery within...

I saw the shadow side of my ego this past week.  It was very informative—a gift.  Its exposure will hopefully allow me to be more open more often to the actions of others, be more curious, and question from my innocence. 


What if we could all be more open more often, curious, and question from our innocence?

Monday, August 22, 2016

Entrain


The Mystery within...
I continue to review my past years’ blogs for common threads to weave together into more cohesive pithy ponderings on the lessons I find in everyday living.   The word “entrain” grabbed me as I reread my April 4, 2016 blog titled “Snippets of Wisdom.”

Dictionary definition:
entrain 2 |inˈtrānenˈtrān verb [ with obj. ]
1 (of a current or fluid) incorporate and sweep along in its flow.
• cause or bring about as a consequence: the triumph of a revolution was measured in terms of the social revision it entrained.
2 Biology (of a rhythm or something that varies rhythmically) cause (another) gradually to fall into synchronism with it.

The word entrain has shed more light on why and how my immersing myself in the beauty of the natural world guided me through the toughest time of my life.  Though it was a dark and uncertain time it was also a synchronistic time of deep learning as I struggled to find my voice and practice good self-care.  I was swept along into the Goodness of nature where the comfort of deep knowing graced me and kept me spiritually nourished.  I never wanted to forget those synchronistic years and it is why I recorded my experiences in “God Never Hurries.”

I am grateful to Linda Sechrist for the word “entrain” to explain stem cell biologist Bruce Lipton’s work on Epigenetics--bridging science with spirit.  Reading that our lifestyle, beliefs and perceptions can change our genetic expression and adjust our genes to create either a functional or dysfunctional state of health was fascinating.  But even more interesting was his premise that as more and more of us learn to hold the intention for living a harmonic life of love and peace, others will eventually “entrain” to that stronger signal.  Lipton’s discoveries make Teilhard de Chardin’s invitation to “Trust in the Slow Work of God” an exciting and joyous journey.


What if we could all entrain the best from one another—more often?