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So how does one work this muscle?
Strengthen this muscle of “Know Thyself?”
Many other successful high-powered executives and leaders have sought out spiritual advisors to assist them in various ways, have come to learn how and know to their core —there is a place for spirituality in the workplace.
Creative genius and the late CEO of Apple, Steve Jobs, had a well-documented Zen priest as a spiritual advisor. Executive Coach, Jeff Giesea, says “Even Steve Jobs was fundamentally animated by his spirituality. He carried around Paramahansa Yogananda’s book, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” since he was a teenager. Copies of it were handed out to guests at his funeral, a detail he no doubt specified in advance.”
Facebook’s guiding light, Mark Zuckerberg, and several other American technology gurus have been drawn to an ashram in India for guidance and teachings.
Many conscious CEOs, entertainment executives, entrepreneurs, and leaders worldwide are welcoming into their companies spiritual consultants, to help themselves and their team both professionally and personally.
As a spiritual consultant, specific religions are not discussed. Instead, I help leaders feed their soul while at work in a way they haven’t achieved through the normal, usual and predictable. Helping them to create connections between their values, their purpose and their passions. The result? Greater satisfaction and fulfillment, lower stress and improved performance for you and them.
Although once taboo in corporate America, there are now several offerings to leaders and employees alike which are now becoming mainstream as employee benefits and perks:
• mindfulness classes
• angel workshops
• Feng Shui
• prayer and meditation rooms
• intuition and energy workshops
• astrology services
Can spirituality drive bottom line success?
Absolutely. But don’t take my word for it.
Executives from a wide range of industries gathered at Harvard Business School to discuss how their spirituality helps them be even more powerful leaders. The conference explored issues of leadership, values, and spirituality in business. Most interesting to me were the many different ways each expressed their own individual spirituality. Some spoke of dharma, others finding their own primary values, Christian values, reading the Bible at work and social justice.
According to authors, Martha Lagace, Sean Silverthorne & Wendy Guild of Does Spirituality Drive Success? (https://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/does-spirituality-drive-success) they write:
“For Robert Glassman, Catalytica Energy Systems, his spirituality at work is expressed as a commitment to social justice. As co-founder and co-chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust Company based in Boston, Glassman (HBS MBA ‘69) said issues such as homelessness, women’s rights and outreach to the gay and lesbian community have shaped his own life and the life of his business.
Seven years ago, for instance, Wainwright Bank had a quarter of 1 percent of the commercial banking scene in the Boston-Cambridge area, but was financing over 50 percent of AIDS housing, Glassman said. In addition to outreach and socially responsible investing, the bank offers online donation functionality to any nonprofit that is a bank customer—even if all they have is a checking account.
The “harmony” among his personal life, business life, and philanthropy, he said, “is as close as I’m going to come to being a spiritual person.”
To be continued….
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