Radically changing our perception of the way we think and feel around what power structures in our minds operate can liberate us from restrictive ways of thinking and enable us to free ourselves from the limits and our own ‘glass ceilings’ we have been bound by. We grow up in our homes, societies and unless we know how, we’re pretty much conditioned by our socialisation, and look to our community leaders to make sense of our lives.
My passion for creating change environments within the minds of leaders and organisations is informed through my own experience of being liberated by changing not only my thinking, but wanting to experience and fulfil a preferred life. The questions and answers have informed my own Equality-Based approach to business growth because I operate from the belief that how I am led, and want to lead it is an essential part of the process of creating real and sustainable change in personal, professional and business development.
In his book In Over Our Heads (1994), Robert Kegan asserts that there are several different levels of consciousness. Key to making change is making the first observations about ourselves as key to the next. He states that ‘in order to get ourselves together, we need to get ourselves apart’.
As adults, we are often shaped by rules and directions that require support and confirmation to become aware of who we are and what we want. We have not developed a strong sense of who we are-and many of will not transcend this mindset.
We then, with support, and challenge might transcend to gaining acceptance by others from shared experiences. Our development does not stop here and we can further evolve to taking to taking responsibility for our thinking, values and attitudes.
If we’re really lucky our true potential for change when we can see ourselves, our beliefs and values as partially informed and incomplete, we can see beyond ourselves and the systems we belong to. In realising the interconnectedness of the world around us, we can benefit enormously from genuine relationships in our personal and working lives.
Being enabled to seek respectful co-operation of psychologically distinct ideas, accept difference, consider conflict as an opportunity to transform and seek resolution we learn more about ourselves and each other. True transformation then must consider that we might be wrong, and need to seek multiple perspectives to update ourselves, and evolve through an unfolding of each other’s experiences, seeking better programmes of action.
Raising our consciousness to create sustainable change seems a natural outcome in a Modern World and with it and increased of sense of involvement at all levels of leadership, organisational life, community and society. What underpins real change is the assumptions we hold about ourselves, each other and the growth of our businesses.
Are we testing these assumptions we hold about ourselves, each other and our businesses in the pursuit of change and growth? Have we made this an organisational priority?
Growing Yourself And Your Business
Kieth Deats is a specialist in Equality-Based Practice and has committed his lifetime’s work and doctoral practice study to addressing equality at every level of society as a practitioner. He is driven to enable this with individuals, teams and leaders. He currently partners with peer practitioners and entrepreneurs, working to develop frameworks that introduce and integrate Equality-Based practices and management actions to update and evolve their enterprises. The goal is to sustain and increase rates of growth, with a determination to see each other’s success and the well-being of leaders and their organisations as a priority for Modern Enterprise.
His commitment is to developing organisational life where profitably, and prosperity is created through ongoing subtle, high impact change, through safe a modest experimentation that redefines strategy and outcomes as the prerogative of the collective intelligence and will.
Kieth is available to give talks, and enable the design and implementation of Equality-Based Practices in your own settings, and is contactable via www.recree8.com.