Here is a bit of Wednesday wisdom from Business Alchemy by Andrew Wallas to help you explore the inner, unseen dynamics of business.
As individuals and as organizations, we need to learn to value the heart and to rebalance the mind-heart relationship within our businesses. This can only be done by learning to listen to our hearts. With a rational approach, a mind-dominated enterprise, it is possible to create handbooks, procedures and formulae that, once understood by others, allow them to excuse and implement these principles within the organisation. It is different with the heart. You cannot create a handbook or formula for listening to the wisdom of the heart.
After 40 years of working with individual enterpreneurs, groups and organizations, I have witnessed time and again moments of alchemical shift that are non-logical and do not make sense, but create a profound change in both the organization and the individuals concerned. In Sanskrit, one of the oldest languages on the planet, the two principles behind the universe are Ra and Ma. Ra is masculine and Ma is feminine. Ra is where we get the word ‘rational’. And Ma is where we get the word ‘magic.’ As businesses, we have become overly rational, and we need more Ma; we need to get a bit of the magic back. This is about rebalancing. It is not about devaluing or getting rid of rational thinking and ending up with some New Age fantasy business driven by unrealistic and shallow affirmations. It is about valuing the role of the mind- rational, logical and analytical thinking- as well as respecting the way of the heart and embracing intuition, creativity and wisdom.
Here are 4 tips:
1) Take time to explore the heart of your business.
2) Listen to the gut instinct in your business.
3) Create space to discover the soul of your business.
4) Rebalance your business by brining the head into the right proportion with the heart, gut and soul.
For more detail on rebalancing your business read chapter one in Business Alchemy.
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