What happens when we increase our level of psychological functioning through inner work?
We're often a bit out of balance. We're born with preferences for how we want to be in the world, which immediately start competing with any preferences that our parents or society have about how we are in the world. We're often rewarded for behaviour that isn't aligned with the truth of our insides. The result is that we can grow up and actually not 'be' in our entirety - we don't believe we're creative, for example. Or, we value logic over emotion, rather than valuing them equally. Or we might know that we're deeply intuitive, but we're also scared that we're dumb. So certain aspects of ourselves are over-prioritised, and start to cannibalise our lives.
I believe that we can learn to show up as fully integrated, fully self-expressed human beings who are able to move between their emotional, instinctive and cognitive intelligences, as the situation requires. My work with individuals centres on creating the space, and dismantling the blockages, required to bring their whole selves to the table. It's deep, transformative work, approached with a lot of care, courage and creativity.
The Organisation of the Future Is Positive Sum, Not Just Profit Driven
Is it just me, or are most workplaces a little bit shit? When you probe the sparkly surface of corporate values and profitable quarterly earnings, what you tend to find are cultures dominated by unbalanced personalities that are incentivised to care more about short term profit than they are about the people that they work with (employees), or the people that they serve (customers), or the planet that they live on (that is, the very enabler to our existence).
No action that we take, either individually or as part of a collective, happens in a vacuum: every thing we do has an impact. Why not choose to impact for good?
I believe that organisations could be so much more than they are. Rather than reflecting the very lamest parts of our humanity, they could reflect the very best - our capacity for kindness, for courage, for creativity, for long-term sustainable approaches, and for living in harmony with our environment rather than in competition with it. But we need to balance more priorities than just profit, in order to get there.