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11. The Mystery of Commitment

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

After David’s funeral, I flew to New York to talk to Bernadette. I felt she was the kind of friend I needed at this time—someone who could understand at a deep level the inner struggle I had been having over the past few years.

I had not seen Bernadette since that Sunday morning in Cannes back in 1976, but when I had returned to Houston then, I had found a small package waiting for me. It bore a return address of the small hotel in Paris where Bernadette had stayed those few days during her meeting there. In it was a paperback book carefully covered in beautiful wrapping paper so as to make a new jacket. The book was Demian, by Herman Hesse. There was an inscription on the inside cover from Bernadette, and only one page had been marked by turning the edge of the page down. The passage read:

Each man had only one genuine vocation—to find the way to himself. … His task was to discover his own destiny—not an arbitrary one—and live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else was only a would-be existence, an attempt at evasion, a flight back to the ideals of the masses, conformity and fear of one’s own inwardness.

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28. The Power of Passionate Attention

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

THIS EXPERIENCE OF AN IMMEDIATE, TOTAL SENSE OF THE THING AS A WHOLE IS QUITE UNLIKE THE INFORMATIONAL PROCESSING EXPERIENCE OF NORMAL AWARENESS.

In that last workshop with him in 2008, Bruce told us of the studies the HeartMath team were conducting that year with a team of researchers from the Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship (AGSE), which confirmed the 2004 results in the trials described earlier that were led by McCraty. The AGSE-HeartMath studies sought to explain the success of repeat entrepreneurs. Based on presentiment studies (this time using a roulette wheel and comparing serial entrepreneurs, ordinary business people, and unsuccessful entrepreneurs as the participants) and studies conducted in 2006 and 2007, the teams affirmed the earlier findings; but in these investigations “the pre-stimulus difference reflecting a nonlocal intuitive effect (was) 12–14 seconds before the betting outcome was presented to the participants.”

Bruce said these studies are moving the teams significantly closer to a large-scale field study on “nonlocal intuition” in which a statistically adequate sample of repeat entrepreneurs is compared with samples of unsuccessful entrepreneurs and ordinary business people. All of the evidence so far shows that the repeat entrepreneurs have a greater ability to perceive and process nonlocal information about potential business opportunities than unsuccessful entrepreneurs and the ordinary businessperson.

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6. The Art of Loving

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

I spent a lot of time on this journey in Europe by myself, just reading, thinking, and writing in my journal. One of the books I read and reread, trying to figure out why I had been so oblivious to what was going on in my marriage, was Eric Fromm’s The Art of Loving. Fromm’s thesis is that love is the only satisfactory answer to the problem of human existence. Loving is an art, and we must master not only the theory of love but also the practice of love.

I learned that our deepest need is to overcome our aloneness and our separateness. We seek to escape from separateness in various ways. We seek conformity, mistaking it for union. This is a soul-crushing way to exist. Or we seek union through orgiastic states—drugs, alcoholism, overwork—or through creative activities. But the ultimate escape from separateness is through interpersonal union.

Fromm writes that mature love is union under the condition of preserving one’s integrity and individuality. The paradox: two beings become one and yet remain two. Giving is the highest expression of potency. Fromm sets forth the elements of love: care, which is active concern for the life and growth of the one we love; responsibility, which is caring for one’s physical needs as well as one’s higher needs; and respect, which is allowing others to grow as they need to on their own terms.

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11. Stage IV Leaders

Jaworski, Joseph Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

SERVANT LEADERSHIP ALONE IS NO LONGER ADEQUATE
TO THE HIGH CHALLENGES PREVAILING TODAY.

Soon after my conversation with Annemieke in the Netherlands, I was in New York City for several days of meetings with Tex. When our business meetings had concluded, Tex invited me to spend a half day with him and an acquaintance who was a specialist in human development and organizational transformation. Our conversation focused on developmental models like the ones Lievegoed and Glasl had written about beginning in the 1960s in which they had presented the four phases of the developing organization and compared them to the evolution of human consciousness. Tex spoke that day of an acquaintance, M. Scott Peck, who wrote the international best seller, The Road Less Traveled. Tex’s comments that day led me to reread Peck’s books.

In the late 1980s, Peck published The Different Drum: Community Making and Peace. During the dozen years while Peck was working on the book, he served as a mentor to Kaz, introducing him to a model of communal growth that Kaz later introduced to me. Like Lievegold and Glasl, Peck identified four progressive stages in human development that both individuals and organizations pass through and that are found across cultures and geographic boundaries.

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26. Accessing the Source – The Surprising Role of the Heart

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THE INTUITIVE MIND IS A SACRED GIFT AND THE RATIONAL MIND IS A FAITHFUL SERVANT. WE HAVE CREATED A SOCIETY THAT HONORS THE SERVANT AND HAS FORGOTTEN THE GIFT.
– Albert Einstein

In my attempts to understand how best to access the Source, I learned that the “intuitive mind” is potentially present not just in the brain, but throughout the body. Complex neuronal structures exist throughout the body, particularly in the heart and the gut. Some researchers even talk about the “little brain in the heart.” One of them is Bruce Cryer, CEO of HeartMath LLC. The work of HeartMath involves measuring the impact of consciously accessing what HeartMath calls “heart intelligence.” There is compelling evidence that the body’s perceptual apparatus is continually scanning the future and that the heart is involved in processing and decoding intuitive information.

I first met Bruce and Doc Childre, the founder of HeartMath, in 2000 at the beginning of the research project for the Alliance. Bruce and Doc have achieved global recognition for their work in harnessing the power of the heart-brain connection. They and their team of research scientists have developed practical, scientifically validated methods and groundbreaking products designed to increase individual workplace performance while reducing stress. Their training programs and techniques are being used by Fortune 100 companies, hospitals, police academies, and schools on four continents to achieve better business outcomes, including employee retention, reduction in health costs, and increased performance, both in creativity and productivity.

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