Enlightened Leadership – The Psychology of Leading

Higher_GroundThe idea of leadership tends to be viewed by different people in different ways, most of which invest in the idea of a “program” of some sort, a form of organizational structure as a hierarchy of power and control, or as a position responsible for overseeing a whole group of people in different departments and roles, and while all of these are true to a certain extent, the most primary skill inherent in, and what determines a person’s ability to lead is the psychology being utilized in a deliberate and strategic manner. Psychology is a persons ability to work through an understanding of how the mind, as the field of energy that informs and animates the body works, and their ability to operate within it, by not only employing it, but by demonstrating it. Demonstrating it through their whole performance, both natural and intentionally developed, to work with the mind of others by using their own mind as the controlling mechanism. We can only control, guide, or influence others to the exact same degree we can control, guide and influence ourselves. We influence people and direct the course things take by how we’re being in the situation, and how we enter into relationship with it.

 

In order to understand the basic rules of psychology, we have to gain a fundamental understanding of the laws that govern subtle energy as consciousness itself. The mind, which is an energy system, is what motivates and animates the behaviors of the body. The body as a set of behaviors is a direct and equal reflection of the mind that’s expressing through it. To change or determine the behaviors a system or group dynamic takes on, you have to work by creating and setting into motion the proper mind-set. Not by adopting a regiment or business model as a plan that’s laid out, but by “becoming” the demonstration of the qualities and characteristics that form a dynamic relationship necessary to act out or perform the business plan as a group personality and identity with a distinct style or “quality of experience”. To understand how to do this, what the creative process is that’s always operating in a situation; we have to look at how energy itself operates.

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Energy can be thought of as “qualities of consciousness” that has a distinct personality to it, as a feel, that motivates corresponding behaviors by “animating matter”. Energy forms a natural relationship with matter through resonance, sympathetic induction, and coherence. This is where a vibration as a feeling or quality of consciousness acts to vibrate that same quality in another. Whatever quality as a “state” that an individual is vibrating to, stimulates, awakens, and brings into activity that same state in another. It literally enters into the body of another and vibrates that same quality in them, bringing it out in them as an active state, which then establishes the nature of the interaction as a relationship formed through the expression of the same quality as a “shared” state of mind.

 
The expression as an interaction based on the relationship formed by the same feeling in another in response to us, adapts the state to a new form as a new combination based on what idea, thought process, or memory is associated to the feeling in both people, that forms a new pattern-idea through the interaction itself as a relationship that forms a new vibration as equilibrium that forms coherence. We modify the state of another through our state, and how we’re openly and outwardly expressing it through our attitude, perspective, and behaviors. Whatever mood we’re in and how we’re behaving stimulates a like-response in everyone and everything around us. How we’re being determines how others are being because of us. This is the most fundamental way we’re always leading without actually realizing it. Most employ the ironic adage of “do what I say, not what I do”, then act bewildered when it doesn’t work and place the blame on others who were simply too stupid to do what they were told.

 
It’s pretty easy to recognize how our mood affects our behavior, and how emotional states, not only produce predictable behaviors, but how those behaviors employed and motivated by the emotional state act to tell a certain type of story as a metaphor, creating an experience that amplifies and acts to give us more of the same feeling. This is because, while we tend to look at things as disconnected, separate, and independent systems, they are in fact different aspects of a greater idea that’s being expressed outwardly, creating a congruent experience. How a person feels determines what they focus on and think about, what story they tell themselves about things that give them meaning, and how they act as the outer expression of their inner reality. What we do and how we do it, are always based on how we feel and what emotions we’re experiencing. This is always true. The one is the expression of the other, and the system is holistic in nature. It’s impossible to feel one way and think or behave another way.

 
Once we understand this and realize that in order to create in a deliberate and precise way, we need to work by way of these laws, and not in contradiction of them. We need to first develop a business paradigm that’s congruent with the individual’s paradigm or group of individuals responsible for actually producing it as a cohesive reality, or match the paradigm of the individual to the business as our method of acquisition, ensuring that they’re compatible and complementary to that of the business. Then we need to envision a reality as a working idea illustrated by the business model, while asking ourselves (realizing), what state of mind, mood, or attitude, would have to employed in order to naturally and spontaneously produce the behaviors necessary for “acting it out” as a relationship or group interaction? Just as an individual has a personality that forms all their natural behaviors and the identity created out of those behaviors, a business operates in exactly the same way. Same laws and principles are at work on a different scale and magnitude.

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The leader in any situation has to embody the paradigm as a reality that they use to express out of. They use the business paradigm like a memory that they superimpose over the current situation, whatever that may be, and use it as a filtering mechanism to think and imagine out of, act and speak out of, and use to make all the decisions as a representative of the business as a “general perception”. The leader is always the producer of the company paradigm as an offspring of their personal paradigm, or is complementary to the company paradigm, and can readily embody it and become the active demonstration of it. By using the paradigm as a perceptual lens, we communicate and teach it through our most ordinary behaviors. Everything we do and say is the expression of it and acts to stimulate that same vision in others, giving them the means for understanding it and participating in cooperatively acting it out as a group dynamic.

 
Whatever reality as a personal identity the business represents as an “entity” has to be embodied and fully employed by the leader. In doing this, the state of mind that the reality exists as an outward expression is naturally employed, that produces natural behaviors of the leader. By “being” of the same paradigm as the business, and always acting out of it in a congruent manner, we act to stimulate the same state of mind imbued within it in others, then shape the idea inherent in the feelings by communicating through the relationship we form with them, that gives them the instruction as a demonstration for acting it out by first initiating, then modeling it. We literally become the role model for how each person playing a part has to become. Not in their specific roles, but in “how” they perform their specific roles as a personality being employed by everyone in the group. We are demonstrating a “way of being” that stimulates that same way of being in them. We express through an attitude that causes them to take on the same attitude. We openly display and express emotions that stimulate and bring out the same emotions in them.

 
We then employ this way of being by training them individually to an overall pattern as the daily operations of their role and job description, as their role in a greater idea being performed in a “like-mind” by all other team members. Through communicating and giving guidance and instruction as the vision of the business performed by daily duties that are in relationship not only to the greater whole, but to the client/patient they’re designed to serve. We teach the art of relationship that allows for constant modifications as adjustments necessary to meet specialized needs of the client or situation, while still maintaining the overall objective of the business as an outcome of delivery.

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Any “state of mind” as a “quality of consciousness” lends itself to specialized behaviors and ideas pertinent to that state. By acting and ensuring to intentionally produce that state in others, we know that regardless of the modifications made to the procedures as a way of customizing them by how things are handled, that it’ll remain consistent to the state of the person performing it. Any reality as an experience is an idea as a vibratory frequency or biological pattern of consciousness that’s holistic and complete, and has everything inherent within it to produce it as a material reality as the idea, feeling, emotions, thoughts, and actions. We’re always producing more of whatever we’re demonstrating. Our mood determines our disposition and temperament, and how we express to create realities as personal experiences. Embody the idea, employ the state as feelings and emotions, imagine the idea as an internal conceptualization, then express out of that state and you’ll act to naturally produce it in others.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Change – “Innovative Thinking & Re-imagining”

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When times change in the general sense of market trends and methods of doing business, businesses must take an attitude of evolving their business models, services and general operations to conform to the changing needs of society. When change occurs at a community, national, cultural or global level, companies that fail to recognize the change and modify their business models accordingly begin the process of dying. By gaining a fundamental understanding of the nature of “cycles” as birth, life & death, or a beginning, middle and end . . . that make-up an ongoing process that evolves through time we can identify behavior within any given business that indicates where they’re at in the current cycle.

 
If a business begins failing, sales drop, revenue shrinks, and they react not by identifying the nature of the changes and modifying or updating necessary areas, but instead by cutting back, reducing or eliminating, they have in fact begun the process of going out of business. Change is a constant and evolving force that governs the Universe as we know it. Once change takes place, it never reverts back, but always progresses forward in some fashion. All of life progresses and steadily moves towards greater complexity. As a business owner, when your current business model fails to promote health and induce consistent growth, you must respond by identifying the nature of the change, the new needs and services that the change warrants, and readjust your model and methods of doing things to supply the new demand.

 
Rather than panicking, cutting back and reducing, it may be a better idea to provide your people with new resources that will increase their proficiency, develop greater competence and improve their ability to perform. The greatest resources that most companies have are their people, yet poor training programs continue to plague even the most sophisticated of businesses. It’s your people that make your business what it is. Here is where we stand to either lose the greatest amount, or initiate the greatest gain. No other area of your business or Practice is more directly manageable than your people. As a business owner, you more than likely stand to gain more in this area than any other area of your business.

 
When we make the necessary adjustments to our business model, upgrade and develop new and innovative ways of doing business, or serve to grow, develop, and reform our services, we move effortlessly along gaining momentum by flowing with the current rather than getting sucked into a whirlpool of our own making. If change is welcomed and fully embraced for the stimulus it offers we can keep our businesses growing and prospering through any season. When change is resisted or ignored, it tends to overcome us without us even knowing why or how sometimes. Your current model will continue producing the same result over and over. In order to change the result, you must change what you are doing, or how you are doing it.

 
As soon as you begin experiencing measurable fluctuations in your business or a drop in clientele, you should investigate and review the nature of the change, and explore creative ways to modify your method of doing business to accommodate the change. Often businesses will wait to long to respond, or will struggle to the point of no return before they reach out for help, or bring in an expert to help them make the necessary changes to their organization ensuring their survival.

 
Many times by the time I was called in to help diagnose and recommend the necessary changes, the business was already “out of business” and simply didn’t know it. When a business still has cash flow, they can begin the juggling act and prolong what becomes a long and arduous process . . . a form of “slow death”. The time to get help through outside experts is as soon as you notice a measurable change in the flow of your business and still have plenty of resources to carry you through the process of designing and executing the change itself.

Dr. Linda Gadbois

Innovative Management Services

Professional Consulting/Mentoring

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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Our State of Mind or Mood, Determines our Behavior as our Performance

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One of the most fundamental errors people make in life is that they don’t understand the most basic precepts for how to get people to behave a certain way, or directly affect their performance. We think that the way to do it is by directly “addressing” it by talking about it, pointing it out, making suggestions as to what we’d like, etc., then wonder why it not only doesn’t work, but usually tends to make it worse.

 
This is because what naturally produces our behaviors is our mood or the state of mind we’re in. Whatever mood we’re in, or how we’re feeling determines what we focus on, why we’re focused on it, what we tell ourselves about it and the perspective we take on as a result, and how we form a natural response to it.

 
The best and most immediate way to act to produce the desired behavior in someone else is to first ask yourself what state of mind would someone be in who was naturally acting / performing that way? Then, once we realize what state that is, we can ask ourselves, how can we act to intentionally influence their state of mind to produce the desired state? The most basic way we influence people is through our own state. The state we’re in when we’re around them and use to interact or communicate with them, stimulates in them the same emotional qualities, bringing them out and developing and strengthening them through continued interaction. The whole basis of communication is how we are making the person feel by the way we treat them.

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When we communicate with people through a demeaning or condescending attitude that makes them “feel” a certain way, which is altering their state of mind, they not only form associations “to us” through that feeling state, but will maintain it by dwelling in it long after we’re gone. It’ll determine their attitude, what thoughts they have and the perceptions they form by creating numerous realities as imagined scenarios that will produce analogous behaviors. They will treat other people (clients) the same way out of the same attitude as we have treated them. Whatever emotional state we embody and project into the world and onto others through our presence, our perceptions and “how” we say whatever we’re saying, we act to increase and systematically produce more of it by stimulating it, calling it forth, and then co-creating out of it.

 
A person who’s upset or frustrated, then behaves and communicates out of that state, acts to create more of that same experience in others. Someone who’s angry and talks to someone out of anger, stimulates that same emotion in them, making them feel angry also. They not only continue to think angry thoughts, and communicate with others out of anger, but they project that anger back onto you and think angry thoughts about you. Someone who is happy or enthusiastic about something, and communicates through that state, creates the same feeling in others towards or about whatever it is they’re communicating.

 
This same idea is commonly referred to as creating the “culture” of a business. I call it creating the atmosphere as a general mood that’s openly displayed and created out of as a general rule of thumb. This doesn’t mean that you’re not going to have times when you feel negative emotions, we all do. It’s only natural. It simply means that you don’t go out and interact through that state and infect your entire staff with that same feeling, knowing, that they’ll probably stay in that mood for the better part of the day . . . and of course, perform and run your business out of it. Instead, you work through negative emotions in private until you can get them under control, resolve them somehow, and then readjust your attitude before coming back into a group situation. Not saying anything while still maintaining the mood is not going to work, because people can sense your energy and pick up on your emotional state just through the quality of your presence alone. By how it feels to be around you.

 
While we think that we can fool people by simply repressing our emotions and pretend to be in a different mood, this only creates a false front that’s confusing, because you’re acting one way, while the feeling you’re putting off is entirely different. Whatever attitude and communicative behaviors key people in an organization frequently display and create out of as a result, acts to tune all the other staff members to the same mental attitude, which can be readily felt and picked up by clients / customers. The mood they’re in determines how they act, and the experience they give the client as a result. Our state of mind and how we behave are always unified. The outer behavior is produced by the inner state as an expression of it.

 
So keep this in mind and learn how to use it as a tool for creating by directly influencing others in an intentional manner. Likewise, if an employee comes in to work in a bad mood, and begins influencing others through their mood, have them take a break to a private location and shake the mood before they come back to work. If they can’t, then either put them in a position that will have the least effect on others (no client contact), or consider giving them the day off! Otherwise, the effects they create as an expression of their mood could take weeks to correct, or possibly cause the loss of clients without you even knowing about it. A required standard of performance is also a required state of mind when coming to work, because they’re the same thing. It’s also a good idea to discuss this in your employee orientation or at staff meetings where you also provide them with tools for learning to manage their mood as a professional resource.

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Professional Business Consulting

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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The Importance of a business model – “Essence, Personality and Identity”

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Just as our personality and identity form the basis out of which all our personal expression comes as a natural and automatic by-product, the model for a business serves the same function. It establishes the basis for what forms our vision, mission, values, ethics, standards and philosophy – out of which we can easily form rules, policy, protocol and procedures. All of these can be summarized as the businesses personality and identity which are key factors for developing image and style. All people working within the business share a similar “personal model” to the business model, and all company training is designed as an expression of the business model which then establishes it as a culture.

 
The business model also establishes firm guidelines by which everything can be measured and evaluated for compliance and effectiveness, as well as to ensure consistency. It creates structure and order through well-defined rules and methods that ensure a smooth running operation. So a sound and well thought out business model should be one of the first steps to business development. If you are having constant problems with a lack of consistency, poor training, or the inability to make decisions that support the primary values and ethics of the business, one of the first places to look when trouble-shooting, should not only be the business model, but whether or not it is understood and being effectively demonstrated by key people and strategically implemented in all areas of the operation.

 
A business model should also clearly convey the overall identity and personality or “style” of the business. Not just through the primary vision, mission, and values, but also in describing the emotional atmosphere and moral conduct of everyone involved. Job descriptions should also include the personality traits and characteristics of the person as the ideal basis for how they perform their position, what image they convey to clients, and what type of experience they create through their common interactions. Emotional intelligence should be built in to the fundamental training programs, and all leaders within the organization should consistently demonstrate a positive attitude and well-managed emotional control. The managers, staff leads, and professional staff should be trained in psychological skills that they teach by demonstrating, as well as use intelligently to interact and handle any problematic situations should they arise in a creative and peaceful manner.

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As an Entrepreneur or developer of a business, we have to provide ourselves as well as our people with the necessary resources to build the practice from the ground up instilling intelligent practices into the very foundation. If transforming an existing practice to take it to a higher level of excellence and proficiency, strategic intervention that introduces change at the most effective and influential level of the organization is crucial. All persons responsible for producing the change must be educated in the psychological skills necessary for producing change through emotional engagement and by not only eliciting a state of cooperation, but a state of enthusiastic and invigorated participation. People need to be invested in the change as an actual outcome or community experience that will give them a powerful sense of themselves by being a productive and important part of it.

 
The attitude we use in how we treat our staff, is the same attitude they employ in assisting our clients. Whatever emotions we employ when interacting with our staff, we stimulate and call forth in them, and they perform out of that emotional state. The biggest factor for improving performance of the very people running our business is to understand the importance of the emotional atmosphere of the business as set by “key people” within the organization and how they’re “being” on a regular basis. All behavior is ultimately emotionally driven. Whatever mood someone is in is directly reflected in how they’re behaving and what energy they’re putting off. Negative emotions produce behavior that expresses those emotions, activating them in everyone else that they come into contact with. Likewise, positive emotions produce an elevated energy that infects others with the same feeling.

 
All business models should include a strong emphasis on the “psychology of the business” by defining rules of engagement that involve attitudes, emotional expression and etiquette. These are behavioral standards of the business, which means they must be upheld at all times by everyone involved, no exceptions. One person with a bad attitude and frequent emotional outbursts and destructive behaviors, tolerated and allowed to continue as part of a team, will act to undermine that team by infecting them with the same toxic energy. One bad apple, indeed . . . ruins the whole bunch! Strong emotions of any kind are powerful influences that serve to stimulate everyone around them with the same emotions. Be very clear on the emotional atmosphere necessary to create and operate your business in a way that determines what kind of an experience someone is going to have who’s doing business with you.

 

Dr. Linda Gadbois
Professional Training and Mentoring
Innovative Management Services
Business Consulting

 

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
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The Significance of a “Model” (System of Beliefs) in Creating Reality

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Time and time again I see Coaches and Consultants who offer their services almost like an elaborate goal setting session – or ongoing session – who walk-in and give people ready made advice or a pre-designed program that offers the solution to their current problem. Yet as many of you have experienced even if you get off to a good start in an attempt to implement the program – it usually doesn’t take long for you to relapse, or for the program to fizzle. This is because you are in the situation you’re in – your life is the way it is – because of the models you are working out of. You have to have a paradigm that supports and represents the desired change- the type of situation, circumstances or conditions you’re are striving for – or you will never be able to create or maintain it.
In order to create something different than what you have currently created – you have start with the model called your identity – then move out into your model of the world. You must redesign your beliefs and your habitual emotions – repetitive attitude and behavioral patterns – how you “see” things in order to create a new vision. Referencing failure in an attempt to produce success does not work. You will simply turn that “goal” which on the surface represents success – into a perfect reflection of the model you reference and associate it with – which creates the state of mind – gives meaning (feeling quality) to your goal – out of which you will perform. An impoverished model will consistently produce poverty.
Goal-setting, as it is commonly called, is more like taking a dream and breaking it down into the step-by-step process necessary to create it – it involves an elaborate, interactive system of supportive beliefs to pull it off. In order to create a model we can use the method of modeling. The true essence of “modeling” is if you don’t currently have a successful model to reference, to imitate or use as a template – if you currently do not know how to do what you want to do – find someone who has, study them, elicit their strategy and create a model out of their strategy – use that model as a reference to associate with your current situation, modifying it accordingly and use it for measuring, comparing and give your desired creation a similar meaning – which will create the pathways necessary for success.
Pay attention to your own thoughts and what you say about your situation to others. We have to realize and appreciate the power of the spoken word – realize the importance of the language you use which calls forth that same idea in the mind of others. How you talk about yourself, your feelings, your situation, your outlook, how you talk to others – the attitude out of which you communicate – not only perfectly expresses your “true models” but it literally calls forth that model into a living, observable, breathing reality. “It became flesh, and walked amongst us,” is referring to the imaginary thoughts created out of a belief as a self-created illusion that is mistaken for true reality. In order to create in a conscious and intentional manner, think only about the desired outcome and what feelings, emotions, and behaviors would be being employed while having the experience of it.

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As human Beings we are gifted with the natural ability through the use of our mind to “create reality.” We create out of our beliefs “about” things. These beliefs exist in relationship to each other and form belief systems. These systems perfectly support, justify and validate each other – producing a reality that can not only exist like it’s own eco-system, but also attracts to it people of a like mind, who will interact appropriately to co-create that same reality. It then appears so real to us, we use it as evidence to convince ourselves and others that it is real, true and factual. We then feel as though we are subject to our own creations and we don’t perceive our selves as having any real control or power over our situation, when in fact, we are the ones that created it.
Models are templates that act as blueprints for creating corresponding realities. These realities consistently and repetitively form patterns which become our “life story”. We were not born into sin, technically speaking, and God did not make a mistake, we are in fact masters of creation, and perfectly create realities out of our beliefs. These realities form illusions that we superimpose over our current situation using them to create a personal version by the story we tell about them that make them mean something. The meaning we give things forms how we experience them and how we influence them through our behaviors and the nature of our relationship and interaction with them. This is the incredible power of your mind.
In order to produce change in your life, in your relationships, in your circumstances, you MUST do the work it takes to re-design the person whose model is creating it – YOU! You cannot re-design the organization without first redesigning the people creating it. Any attempts to produce change that does not involve transforming identity, beliefs and paradigms will not result in success. If you are able to briefly encounter a form of success – perhaps because someone else, such as a consultant has enough control or frequency to create out of their model – you will not be able to maintain it.
The power of Leadership within an organization is someone who has a superior model to operate out of (one that references success as a means of representing the goals and identity of the organization) and can communicate that model in such a way that it literally “teaches” that model to the people who will be in charge of actually producing it. They do so by creating a compelling future and inspire people towards it. In order to actually do this they must have their model so intact that they consistently act out of it at all times and use it as a filter for decision making and monitoring the progress or direction of the organizational flow. This is the only way that their influence, repetitive suggestion and emotional expression consistently move people in a common direction without creating contradiction.
Dr. Linda Gadbois

About the author:
Dr. Linda is a Spiritual Scientist and scholar of Hermetic Sciences and Ancient Wisdom traditions. She’s a professional educator and trainer for all areas of personal transformation, self-creation, mind development, and soul/spiritual evolution. She practices Integrative Medicine with a special emphasis on Psychology and Creative therapies. She conducts ongoing classes, Playshops, and Adventure Seminars, and is available for private or group training, mentoring, and speaking engagements.
To inquire, click here