Are you ready to create a world that works?
By Stephane Leblanc
Are you worried about your kids and grand kids future? Do you sometimes wonder why humanity is the only species that is destroying its habitat and so many other species? Do you know what we must do to create a world that works? What will take for humanity to survive?
I dont't know for sure the answer to the last question, but I have certainly given it a lot of thought in the last few years as I am very worried about the future for my kids and the fate of humanity.
I will admit I was not always like that. Until my early 40's, I pursued the traditional path of success, as most people do, but along the way, I started to awaken to the fact that a lot of what we do simply does not make sense and in many cases is not the path to joy and fulfilment.
A few years ago, I read a book called "Creating a World that Works"from Alan Seale, one of my favorite authors, and I was deeply touched by Alan's wisdom. Ever since, I ask myself everyday what I can do to create a world that works. How can I make a difference?
“It is time for each of us to claim our individual responsibility for the realities of our present and the unfolding course of our future.” - Alan Seale
I will not start describing all that is wrong with our society as too many people have already done this and it seems that the more we talk about it, the more people become insensitive to the data. We all know about all the problems we have created, some of them treathening our very survival as a species and killing many other species along the way.
Humanity is more intelligent and has more technology than ever before, yet we seem unable to tackle our major problems adequately.
Some scientists have declared that we have reached the point of no return. Other scientists believe we are on the verge of the sixth mass extinction. Some scientists have said we should enjoy the next twenty years as they might be our last.
We also have many challenges in business. According to Gallup, 85% of the employees worldwide are disengaged and 55% are checked out. We also have many organizational cultures where greed and fear is prevalent with an abundance of stress and anxiety. A lot of our issues are a result of the extreme competition and the lack of cooperation and also a myopic focus on results.
I don't know for sure what will happen, but I feel we can do a whole better as a species. I often get sad about the lack of concern of many leaders for the welfare of those they lead or their lack of concern for the long term impact of their decisions and actions. I also often get sad about the separation humans create between themselves as they often forget that we are all interconnected in so many ways that we can imagine.
What happened to the nobility of being a leader? What will it take for leaders to let go of their own needs and focus on the needs of those they serve and the needs of the whole of humanity. Maybe the value of a company should be assessed on how much goodness it brings into society and not just on how much profits it generates.
What gives me hope is that some large investors have declared that they will not invest in companies that do not lead consciously. It seems they have found out that these companies will not perform as well long term. Which is what Raj Sisodia's research has also proven as conscious organizations perform significantly better long term.
John Kabat-Zinn said recently that every leader in society should take an an Hippocratic oath which declares: "first do no arm." If all leaders took this oath and honoured it, maybe we would have a completely different business world and society.
We are living through a crisis of leadership which is essentially a crisis of consciousness. To create a world that works, I believe it will take a significant rise in consciousness from all leaders and all humans. It will require that we all accept that we all in this together.
In the face of all the challenges of our society, we have many choices. We can ignore them and focus on our individual needs. We can blame others. Or we can take full responsibility for the problems we have all co-created and take action to solve through cooperation.
What choice to you make?
We can all do our part to create a world that works.
I choose to be responsible and take action.