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Are We Inter-Connected or All One? A Look at What We Think We Know

Most of us think of ourselves as separate from one another – separate bodies, separate professions, separate living quarters, separate ideologies, separate everything. Here I am, over here. There you are, over there. Pretty simple, eh?  But is this the truth? So what is this centuries-old Hindu philosophy of Advaita, or more exactly Advaita Vedānta, […]

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The Four States of Consciousness and Human Adulthood

When we designed our FutureShapers model for the four states of consciousness (see graphic below) we were focusing on how our pyramid model compared to the four quadrant model developed by a group of colleagues over the years, most recently popularized by the authors of The 15 Commitments of Conscious Leadership.  It had not occurred […]

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Compassion: The Yeast of Conscious Leadership

The subject of compassion has been on my mind recently, particularly as it shows up in conscious leaders. Much of the traditional leadership field of study has championed the almost heartless resolve of the tough boss in days gone by. Thankfully, those days are fading (still exiting for those slow to change). Business Insider published […]

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The Tyranny of Money

A few years ago I wrote a series of articles in which I identified investment bankers as the modern day tyrants since they were the dominant force in the most influential human system in the world – the economic system called “capitalism.” Let me be clear, I am not against capitalism. My years as an […]

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Frankensystems: How We Have Created Institutions That Now Enslave Us

[This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue of John Renesch’s Mini Keynote newsletter] Like Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who created a creature that he could not control, modern humans have created social systems that no longer serve as they were originally intended. Our governments, healthcare and legal/justice systems are but a few of the […]

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How Real is the Enlightenment Movement?

I recently published an article nicknamed “metrics for skeptics.” It was about improved performance for executives who learned mindfulness meditation. Corporations are reluctant to approve executive development programs that can’t be shown to improve the bottom line, can’t demonstrate their value to the organizations’ ability to generate additional revenue and profit. I cited some research […]

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