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Vision in Business The Problem We have reached a crossroads that is unparalleled in modern history. Change is occurring swiftly in all sectors of society. In business, research conducted over a dozen years ago showed that significant changes, those normally seen in a generation (40 years), were occurring every six months. This trend has accelerated since that time and it means that what saves us one year can sink us the next. We have reached the end of a cycle in business and society. There is no way forward without a change of value and direction. If business attempts to go on as it has, it will be forced to change through crisis, endemic systems failures or bankruptcy. The old underlying attitudes of competition, winning at all costs, getting the most for the least, using, taking what you can get, vested interests, dishonesty, lack of integrity and reactionary conservatism (which have long been the hidden cornerstones of business), are now accelerating the current crisis. At present, neither business nor society is aware that the end of a cycle is occurring, and the need for a change of direction is crucial. Presently, businesses are still attempting to use such old solutions as increased motivation, takeover, downsizing, hard work, or at best, a system change, which do not address the needed direction and ethic change. To attempt to apply old solutions increases work load, exhaustion, feelings of being stuck, stress, having to carry it all, burnout, feelings of failure, and sometimes even death temptation. The experience of this stage is one of pressure, dissociation, false independence, control, power struggle, and the feeling of deadness. People work harder to stay in the same place, as they turn themselves and others into objects. There are losses of heart, positive feelings, and enjoyment, while at the same time there is an inability to receive in spite of hard work. The Opportunity What occurs in the next decade will direct what occurs in the next one hundred years. What happens in the next one hundred years will direct what occurs in the next millennium. The speed-up that is occurring in society has come about because of the accelerating shift in consciousness. There are a great many people in business and all walks of life with goodwill that are looking for a better way. The change embraced now can have a hundred-fold effect. Business has great resources in leadership, management, efficiency, organizational skills, networking, technological know-how, finance, capital and proper use of resources. Business has begun moving beyond vested national interests and is the only institution capable of leading the world to a better way of life in the next century that will include everyone. If business is willing to step up and assume the mantle of leadership, it can lead the work to unprecedented levels of partnership, peace and prosperity. To accomplish this and help society make necessary changes, business will have to re-make itself, changing the way it has conducted itself for thousands of years. While the key element of exchange in business will remain constant, the aspects of competition (the sign of vested, personal interests and lack of partnership) must change to one of cooperation and common interests. The Solution In the Bible, it states, "Without vision people perish". The easiest way to bring about a new world ethic and order will be for business to have the vision and integrity necessary to take its natural place as the world leader in the 21st century. To accomplish this, business must re-think itself and its purpose, its possibilities, how to conduct itself, and how to lead the way forward in this time of transition. It will need to regain its heart, because partnership, the ability to receive, creativity, and vision are possible only with heart. Business must shift its hidden ethic of taking to right-relationship, service and abundance (which is a richness in one's whole quality of life, not just a plenitude of money). If business succeeds in finding its vision, it will help take over the job of government, bringing all of us into a common world community that has unheralded levels of opportunity, mutuality and shared success. Chuck Spezzano, Ph.D is a world-renowned counsellor, trainer, author, lecturer and visionary leader. He holds a Doctorate in Psychology. From 30 years of counselling experience and 26 years of psychological research and seminar leadership, Dr Spezzano and his wife, Lency, created the breakthrough therapeutic healing model Psychology of Vision. The impact of this model has brought deep spiritual, emotional and material change to thousands of participants from around the world. Visit www.gaia-mind.com to register for free audio newsletters from Chuck and Lency Spezzano

 
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