This is the last part in a series of Q&A posts about the Circle effect and here we are touching on some points related to organizations.
What happens on the organizational level? What is the actual benefit for an organization, management or a team?
There is an enormous amount of scientific and statistical data showing how much effectiveness is lost due to employees’ disengagement, poor communications, corporate politics, high turnover, people’s burnout, bad safety, just to name a few.
As a result of an integral approach we may have huge changes in the hard core KPI’s, like productivity, profit, retention, customer satisfaction, innovation and time to market, etc. But it’s not only numbers that improve – people’s wellbeing changes as well. People become motivated, engaged, they rediscover their purpose, their morale is on a different level, they are happier not only at work but at home as well. There are many benefits; it’s really hard to list them all.
While in the Circle you are able to tap into that integral field. But once you get back to your regular routine you can quickly plunge into your previous state. How can we secure being in that integral state throughout our day?
You must create a special, integral environment at your workplace, the environment that positively influences a person. All the misbalance that reigns in today we may transform to harmony and balance through our true, integral relationships. Once we build this environment, it become contagious. Our customers feel it and buy more from us, our vendors feel it and our relationships become smooth and more constructive. Moreover, it influences our families and communities around us too.
The Circle’s force doesn’t disappear after you leave it. That force stays with people. They cherish the feelings they acquired in the Circle and want to get back in it again. People feel that this instrument will enable them to conquer any challenges and at the same time give them great fulfillment. All of this demonstrates that the Circle is the best instrument to tap into the integral force and ultimately harmonize the environment.
Can the Circle help in solving practical, concrete problems?
Of course. The beauty of it is that the practical, concrete problems are resolved automatically when we begin implementing the integral methodology. You never talk directly about these specific issues. Essentially, all of them are caused one way or another by wrong alignment, poor communications, bad relationships, lack of engagement… in other words, by people’s issues.
Remember what Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” The Circle helps us to create that higher level of consciousness when we try to rise above the issues that divide us.
Most organizations consist of several management layers. How would the integral approach work across these layers?
Definitely, all the people in the organization should go through the integral training – that’s defined by the ideology of the integral approach. First of all, company’s leadership or its C-level has to understand the necessity of it if they truly want to get ahead of the competition and sustain business in the 21st century marketplace. They should go through the program and create a nucleus of the company’s new culture. Then, this newly created culture should be propagated through all the levels from the top down. This could be done in different ways depending on the size of the company, current culture, etc.
For example, here is one of the scenarios: the executive team goes through the executive training and the mid management goes through the management training. Then both of them go through integration workshops where they align and create a common vision. They can choose a certain number of employees in the company who will be trained as integral trainers charged to promote a new vision and culture throughout the company.
We believe that eventually all enterprises will have a new, Integral Training department that will be responsible for building and maintaining the integral environment in the company.