What we have in common | A better world

What we have in common is a desire for a better world, where every human has the same worth, where we exist in harmony with nature, and where we live together as one global community.

Most people in the world want a better world, yet we struggle to acheive it. Why? Perhaps you have asked yourself this question. To make this happen, we will need to change how we see ourselves and our responsibilities in the world. We will need to transcend who we are today and be in the world differently. We will need to lead organizations from a global health perspective rather than a quarterly profit mindset. The starting point is becoming aware, of who we are as a community, and where we stand.

Mindshift Consulting helps individuals and organizations transcend. Change is what happens around us all the time, but we transcend from within. Our practice is based in organizational psychology, Zen, and other fields of study that together provide a unique consulting experience. We offer individual and organizational insight and development, with a focus on outcomes. Together we explore what is possible, develop capability, and take on the journey ahead.

Leaders today face unrelenting waves of change with no relief in sight. What to do. Do we resist or flow with it? Resistance is futile. The current is too strong. Our best choice is to learn on the fly, become aware of the current around us, and tap into its power. In other words, ride the waves to your advantage. In organizational life, this means joining and connecting with our environment, making as many connections as possible. It means tapping into the power of collaboration, with individuals, teams, vendors, partners, and even competitors. Collaboration is also about driving positive and proactive change.

Organizational survival going forward will require operating more sustainably as a world. Those who adapt quickly will thrive, while those who wait may not survive at all. Stakeholder mindsets are changing. Social consciousness is growing. Acting in harmony with nature is today's imperative and must become the new norm. "Nature must be our primary shareholder going forward," said Patgonia founder Yvon Chouinard. As resources around the world deplete and population grows, we need to make some difficult decisions. "If we have any hope of a thriving planet, much less a business," said Yvon, "it is going to take all of us doing what we can with the resources we have." To do this, we will need to transcend today's leadership mindset, working together instead of against each other across the globe.

Streams offer a powerful metaphor for how organizations might thrive as collaborative communities. 1) Streams focus on a single intention— to reconnect with home, the ocean. Organizations, including nations, must work together to reconnect with nature. 2) Streams cleanse and nourish their environment. Organizations too must work to nourish their environment, rather than destroy it. 3) Streams have an uncanny ability to work around obstacles and to stay on mission—flow. We must learn to connect our activities globally, in harmony with nature. 4) Streams use a simple strategy employed by nature everywhere—the path of least resistance. Humans must learn this path of harmony, as a way of staying in relationship and in support of the whole of nature, our home.

Transcendent Leadership

Leadership comes in many styles. What kind of leadership do we need to meet today's reality? Simply put, one that is unselfish and in service to others. At Mindshift, we believe a new kind of leadership is required to meet today's challenges. The problems we face in our world today require transcendent leadership, a willingness to go beyond what you know and who you are, a willingness to do what's right for the organization, which is its people, and the planet. We must transcend this idea of borders and separateness and see ourselves as one people, one community, living in harmony with each other and with nature.

In the midst of the busyness of organizational life and all the change they face, leaders must also find the time for personal and professional development, time to restore perspective, time to reflect and renew. Here at Mindshift, we understand your need for such time and we are here to help.

Navigating the road of success is not for the light hearted. Mindshift Consulting is here to help you with whatever your needs are today, from coaching and team building to the organization as a whole. We have the knowledge, experience, and people to help you design and execute successful change. Our experienced organizational psychologists and consultants will work with you to improve as a person and as a leader, and to improve your organization.

Hans Kuendig, PhD | Founder | Organizational Psychologist