By Anil Bhatnagar December 1997 Sure ways to achieve harmony and create abundance in your organization ‘Most commercial corporations are underachievers. They develop and exploit only a small fraction of their potential and have a high mortality rate. By 1983, one-third of the 1970 Fortune 500 companies had broken or merged with bigger companies,’ writes Arie de Geus in The Living Company. Can any enterprise be successful unless it pays heed to a new and radical paradigm shift that beckons to move our focus from ‘things’ to ‘thoughts’? Modern thinkers and scientists are now convinced that the world is not made up of things, but of consciousness or an energy field that is experiencing itself. The shift has been from man seeing the world as an ocean of matter to be exploited for improving the quality of his material existence to seeing it as an ocean of intelligent energy of which he too is only a part. The last millennium searched and found material laws that governed the material world. The new millennium will have to search and find spiritual laws that govern this energy field. This altered perception brings about a fundamental change in the ways we live and work. Many, conditioned by old ways of thinking, dismiss such talk or struggle with feelings of doubt, ridicule, resistance and apathy before finally accepting it. Some timeless principles highlighted by New Age leaders underlie this paradigm shift and can be applied for building successful business organizations. UNDERSTAND YOUR PLACE IN THE BIG PLAN The universe is one big jigsaw puzzle and each business organization and individual has a unique slot in it. The goals of an organization and its departments may keep changing with time. It is the responsibility of the leader to ensure that employees identify with the renewed focus with commitment. Each person should be fitted into the right slot in relation to the organizational plan while fulfilling his own role in harmony with the Big Plan. People are born with talents and skills which need to be discovered, honed and put to use for achieving the purpose they are born for. Irrespective of individual skills and talents, people are often forced into work areas they have little or no interest in. No wonder they feel bored and tired with the job and cheerless about life. What can such a person offer an organization? When one’s work is not what one has been sent on this earth for, in harmony with Nature’s plans, both individuals and organizations have to pay the price. De-motivated individuals may forfeit peace, harmony, growth and health, while employers may fail to justify their very presence in the organization. Every organization should realize that intent and natural talent are assets more important than specialization or technical qualification on its own. A person with a burning desire to learn more about a subject or to give his best can do wonders irrespective of his background. Give people the work they are meant for and see how their motivation level goes up and the medical expenses and man hours lost due to illnesses come down. Barbara Brennan mentions in her seminal book Hands of Lightthat the health of the back of the throat is directly related to the level of satisfaction the person derives from his job. No wonder throat and throat chakra related diseases are so common among executives today. PRACTICE THE ECONOMICS OF ABUNDANCEIn a perfect scenario everything is available in abundance to meet one’s needs. In any real life situation, however, this is not true as people’s acquisitive tendencies are driven by reasons other than genuine needs. In organizations, facilities like mobile telephones and computers are often appropriated by a few powerful people who may not use them at all but keep them only as status symbols, thus denying their use to people who genuinely need them. They mentally tend to own things and attach a lot of value to them as if they are the very indices of their success. Mahatma Gandhi used to say that there is enough for human needs but very little for human greed. The first verse of Isha Upanishad, too, says: All that we see around us belongs to God and has been given to us only for Our use. Hence we should not hoard things unnecessarily. People who are spiritual do not feel empty within and hence do not, like others, need material possessions to fill this emptiness. Many problems crop up in an organization because people operate from a scarcity consciousness. They feel that there is too little of everything: opportunities, promotions, resources, time and money. As everyone tends to hoard things, the system becomes far from perfect and abundant, and actually results in a scarcity of things. Organizations, having a culture where people circulate rather than keep things they do not need, provide an environment of abundance; people always have what they need at the right time and place. BE ROOTED IN THE REALITY OF ‘ONENESS’Every organization should function cohesively. It is important that organizations and individuals ensure right from the recruitment stage that they need each other and share common values, concerns, visions, challenges, goals and dreams so that both could work together towards fulfillment of these. What we need is a bird’s eye-view of the organization’s role in the Big Plan and then a microscopic view of the inner details. In a cohesive organization, though the individual focuses his attention on the work assigned to him, he always keeps the larger vision and goals of the organization in mind. An employee’s response to the customer, whether internal or external, must always come from the vantage point of the organization. A response such as: ‘This is not my area of work. Find out from the person concerned’ shows that the individual is responding from his own frame of reference, an attitude detrimental for both employee and organization. So long as every employee is working like an individual cell for and with every other cell of the body like one team, he is helping the ‘whole’ become healthier and prosperous, which in turn shall make him healthier and prosperous too. The more the employees work from the perspective of ‘It is not I but the Unmanifest working through me’, the more they accomplish. At the same time, arrogance and meaningless ego-battles progressively diminish. Their tendency to project themselves drops away as they begin to realize that they are part of the Big Plan. It is He working through them—not they. James Redfield writes in The Celestine Prophecy that we argue and contradict others because, oblivious of the real source of energy , the Unmanifest, we try to steal and suck energy from each other through these petty and small ‘victories’. A person who sees and feels the logic of oneness appreciates the fact that when his viewpoint is not accepted he is not defeated. USE THE POWER OF POSITIVE THINKING People and organizations think and feel low not because of the dismal circumstances they are in; they are in dismal circumstances because they think and feel low. The most powerful but least understood tool we possess is positive thinking. Thoughts have the power to materialize themselves. Positive thoughts can make a sick person recuperate faster and regain health—as shown by Dr Carl Simonton’s success in the USA in curing cancer patients by the sheer power of positive visualizations. Thoughts can cure sick organizations surely as they can cure sick persons, for organizations are ‘driven’ by persons—efficiently or disastrously, depending on their approach. Ask yourself: ‘Is my organization problem-oriented or solution-oriented? Do people have a problem with every solution or they have solutions for every problem? Do people catch others doing wrong or do they prefer to catch them doing something right?’ The attitude of the people in an organization decides the speed, quality and direction they give to the company. Everyone encounters negative responses at work and feels bad about them. Remember that whatever you resist or try to control with negative responses gets stronger. Moreover, when we are ‘one’ who do we need to fight against? So don’t work against anything. For example, don’t fight against violence. Work for peace instead. Positive thinking does not mean complacence or inaction. You cannot expect to drive a car well if you really have not learnt to do so. But your positive thoughts make you give all that is required to do so, instill in you a positive image about your capabilities and make you perform in consonance with your image. Initially, however, you may reason out all possible reasons for failure or consider the worst possible scenario, so that you can incorporate necessary precautions in your planning. This is not negative thinking. It is only a part of good preparation. Positive thoughts and affirmations should intersperse your activities every day. Affirmations can be slipped under the tables, fixed in rooms, canteens, laboratories, notice boards, conference halls, toilets. A favorite affirmation of mine reads: ‘I enjoy the skills and talents God has given me and I get sufficient time and opportunities to excel in each one while serving mankind through my work in the organization.’LET THE UNMANIFEST WORK FOR YOU Just as the whole banyan tree unfolds from the tiny seed, the world comes into being from the Unmanifest. Individuals and organizations must realize that money, material benefits and all that makes Man happy flows only from the Unmanifest and hence they should not sacrifice their link with the latter for the sake of the former. Abundance, the very nature of the Unmanifest, shall enter and continue to pervade the lives of people and organizations prov
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