My recent response to a LinkedIn HBR discussion on Business Education

The discussion centered on The Renaissance We Need in Business Education blogs.hbr.org

Top contributor Miriam Riad said: “The business leaders who will succeed in the coming decade will be notable for their holistic thinking, global perspectives, international experience, multilingual capabilities, technological familiarity, entrepreneurial mindset, creativity, and ability to deal productively with complexity and chaos.” She is totally correct, and to shed light on how future successful leaders can cultivate these notable qualities with precision, here’s the response I posted:

I agree with Miriam Riad’s concise description of the attributes successful leaders need going forward. What many are afraid to recognize is that these attributes are all outcomes of cultivating full consciousness, which is a specific state of awareness naturally attuned to producing new meaning, value, and choice – at scale. This suggests that business schools should add training in the workings of human consciousness – in particular as it applies to business – in order to secure future entrepreneurs and corporate officers a place at the leading edge of value creation.

The attributes Riad lists can rise spontaneously in people, and to be sure we see this happening, but instead of waiting for spontaneous success, let’s consider that the precise principles of full consciousness can be taught. Further, they can be embodied, mastered, and begin to generate naturally conscious behaviors throughout an organization.

Without education in the underlying principles of consciousness [something that used to be a key part in maintaining human cultural integrity and thriving] we are relying on chance without realizing it, and missing most of our capacity for innovation and growth. One of the most devastating outcomes of this chance-based behavior is the wasting of untold amounts of time and money on misguided strategic planning and feasibility studies. Using the principles of consciousness insures that value-laden, inventive, and enduring action plans are knowable and known before resources are spent on trying to prove their worth.

It’s time we realize that consciousness for humans is a precise ‘technology’ and we are designed to apply this technology for our thriving. We also need to remember that our thriving is an inextricable component of thriving in all global systems.

We can certainly start by educating our future leaders who are now in gaining their degrees in business schools – but we need to extend the education to our current leaders in business, government, and finance.

Imagine a specific ‘leadership empowerment process’ that is based in mastery of the organizing principles of consciousness, and how they function as an innovative matrix for value creation. These principles are not widely known, and we have a tendency to believe we already know enough, so we unwittingly limit our availability to additional this key knowledge. But bypassing this timeless body of knowledge about how our consciousness actually functions is severely limiting our capacity to bring dynamic and peaceful prosperity to the world.

We need to add to business education both awareness training [this is very different from mindfulness training] and in-depth study and mastery of the organizing principles consciousness. This level of training will imbue both our future leaders and our current leaders with ‘precision consciousness’, which unleashes the best in human ingenuity and our capacity for successful living.

Many people are looking at uniquely successful businesses and talking about conscious business and conscious capitalism, but these conversations are happening in lag-time. We can see after the fact that a leader or a company has done something differently, and it might, in fact, be ‘conscious’, but the principles that have organized that leader’s awareness and resources to create these profitable exceptions are unknown to him and his organization. So the we share stories may be uplifting but without knowing the underlying principles, how do you create your own story? Someone else’s success doesn’t necessarily tell you how to succeed in your own business.

To consciously design successful strategies moving forward we need to work from the source principles that produce those strategies instead of trying to copy the apparent outcomes. And this skill should be developed in business schools as well as continuing mastery sessions for those already in leadership positions.

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