3 creative ways to take command of your life

The path of Benevolent Capitalism is different for each person, however many of the same potentials and infinite possibilities apply regardless of who you are and what you do. Here are three elements we’ve found to be universally true on the path of Benevolent Capitalism.

1. Be willing to take command of your life and cultivate the power and potency to become a catalyst for change and different possibility in the world.  You have to be willing to become the source and the catalyst that can create the reality and the future you would actually like to have. You have to be brutally honest with yourself and ask “Is this what I really want?” What if you knew that you had so much potency, you could catalyze everything into change? 

2. Be willing to commit to lead a life without limitation regardless of anything. Making a commitment to live as you and be all of you, and to live a life without limitation. Recognizing what is true for you and don’t waiver from it just to be normal, average and real. You know what is true for you better than anyone else, and if you lose sight of it, the world will too.

3. Be willing to see the world with a different eye. Imagine what it would be like to be a contribution, a source for a different reality, a creator of a different possibility, a destroyer of limitation, and a catalyst for change? It is truly possible except you must make the shift to a different way of being, living and creating your reality that takes into account the importance of creating value for others, creating a sustainable future, as well as achieving the financial results you desire.

Benevolent capitalism is not an extraordinary privilege or a special status bestowed upon some people and not others. It is a knowable and attainable state of being that is available to you—if you choose to claim, own, and acknowledge it. 

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What if the Earth’s only true hope of survival was you?

The need for benevolent leadership has never been greater. The threat of ecosystem failure does not have to be inevitable if we are willing to do things differently. There is an urgent need to transform the schemes and practices of traditional leadership and the global industrial system. If we become more conscious, we won’t destroy the Earth in the process of doing business the way we currently are. And if we choose in our daily life to be benevolent leaders, we won’t destroy the planet through judgment, anger, rage, and upset. That’s the kind of change that urgently needs to be actualized—big change.

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Our planet is truly remarkable. However, we live in a time of accelerating change in the global landscape, and our planet is changing at a super-rapid rate. These changes pose a great threat to the survival of humanity as we know it—if conscious actions are not taken promptly.

By being a benevolent leader, you become the catalyst for a different possibility in our world. It is something you choose to be. You become the source for creating the change you desire. 

A new approach to leadership and business

Benevolent leaders look at what it would take to create more in the world for everybody—not just themselves. They have an expanded awareness of unlimited possibilities and a great desire to make a difference with their life, and they merge these elements into a cohesive platform for consciously creating their businesses and generating new possibilities.

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How do you see your job as a leader?

Research conducted by The Carnegie Institute of Technology has revealed that 85 percent of a leader’s success in business is due to his or her way of being and ability to relate to people effectively. 

In our work with business leaders around the world, we’ve had the opportunity to observe many organizations and the people who lead them. The most dynamic, effective, and generative leaders we’ve seen are those who embrace change. They are willing to give up fixed expectations and predetermined outcomes and change and transform on a dime.

When leaders engage in tightly controlling behavior in an attempt to make sure that everything goes the way they want it to go, they often generate rigidity in thought and action in themselves as well as their staff.

Think about the way you lead

  • Do you inspire people to go above and beyond?
  • Do you motivate them to do their best?
  • Are your people sincerely willing to do more than what is normally expected to help the organization succeed?
  • Do they have the freedom to choose the way they do their job or execute their responsibilities?
  • Do you give your people the chance to be a contribution, to make a difference, and exercise their talents and abilities?
  • Do you inspire them to bring all of their capabilities to work every day?

If your answers to these questions are not really or not very much, are you aware that you are unlikely motivating people to be fully engaged in their work? If this is the case, you’re operating at a real strategic disadvantage. The more you shackle people through rigid control, micromanagement, or the constraints of policy, rigid procedures, and processes, the less engaged and inspired they will be about their work.

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What exactly is benevolent leadership ?

Being a benevolent leader isn’t about being a philanthropist or a humanitarian. It’s not about being altruistic. There’s nothing lofty about it. It has nothing to do with self-important concepts. Benevolent leadership is about something much more pragmatic. It’s about creating greater possibilities for yourself, your community, and the world at large. 

Benevolent leadership goes beyond being “ethical” or fulfilling social responsibilities. It is an entirely new way of being and functioning in life. Benevolent leaders shift away from the mindset “I have to get my share.” They give up using and abusing to get what they want and instead embrace generosity of spirit and a benevolent way of being that looks at the different futures that can be created.

When you become a benevolent leader, you become the catalyst for a different possibility in the world.

Being a benevolent leader is not about being kind to others. It’s about creating a sustainable future for the world and ourselves. It’s about the capacity to perceive the totality of life and the unlimited possibilities that benefit not just you, but all people who are impacted by your choices. In our view, leaders can accomplish so much more when they use their awareness to address significant societal and environmental needs. This is true innovation.

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When you micromanage, you are asking for problems!

In today’s world, being a conscious benevolent leader matters. We live in perhaps the most stirring and electrifying economic period in our lifetime. New realities are happening. To thrive and flourish in the decade ahead will require a different mindset in addition to a more conscious way of leading and being in the world.

To meet the challenges of the next decade—and to take full advantage of the possibilities, you need to cultivate the ability to lead with conscious awareness and most important to avoid micromanaging. Unfortunately, many business people trained in traditional leadership paradigms have become convinced that they must keep their focus and apply the level of intensity, scrutiny and in-your-face approach to the way they manage their staff, whether warranted or not.

Undeniably, paying attention to details and making sure the work is getting done are important. So, it is easy for many leaders to misidentify that in order to make sure the work is getting done right they need to engage in an explicit managing process and dictate how to get to that result. This misidentification often leads to micromanaging. When you micromanage, you are asking for problems!

Your job as a leader

Some might argue that to create a successful business, leaders must set standards and keep their staff from running amok or becoming disorderly and undisciplined. That may be true in some cases, but when you micromanage and set a rigid standard based on what’s right vs. wrong, you have done your business and everyone in it a disservice.

We are not suggesting that organizations should function in an unconscious environment of “whatever....” Nor are we suggesting that business should not aim to deliver exceptional quality to agreed-upon standards. However, standards should not be used as a context for measuring people’s behavior or performance. The willingness to change doesn’t mean steering an organization with no strategic vision or clarity of direction. On the contrary, leaders must generate a conscious strategy—one that has substantial flexibility and suppleness built into it. Strategy should be developed and continuously reaffirmed. Leaders should also continuously ask: “What have we missed?” and make changes when required.

Unfortunately, people who function based on micromanagement often misidentify and misapply the notion of what a standard is. They tend to use standards to judge people—and they do so continuously. They do not allow the free flow of information regarding performance, financials, strategy, and other areas. They actively cultivate a climate of fear and punishment through systematized organizational disincentives, and they have such rigid mindsets and standards that no other possibilities are allowed. They are focused on systems and processes that create order and are not open to change.

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This post is an excerpt from Leading from the edge of possibility, a book by Chutisa and Steven Bowman. You can order the book "Leading from the Edge of Possibility 2nd Edition"   from Amazon.com

Are you Micromanaging your staff ?

"Micromanagement is a surefire way not to have joy in your life. Micromanaging is like planting a little seed. You poke it in the ground, water it and cover it up. Then you go back a day later, pull the seed out and ask, “Are you growing yet? No? Hey, what’s going on? I thought you were going to grow.” Then you put it back in the ground, water it, come back the next day and pull it out again. After about ten days of this, the seed is dead." ~ Gary Douglas

Micromanagement tends to squelch originality and awareness. It teaches your staff to become risk averse. An overemphasis on standardization and micromanagement deters people from engendering out-of-scope opportunities and encourages them to hold back on the exploration for new strategic advantage.

You are micromanaging when you:

  • See leadership as taking charge of your organization
  • Believe you need to have all the answers
  • Think it’s your job to tell others what to do
  • Expect your staff to do what you want them to do when you want them to do it
  • Look over everyone’s shoulders
  • Tell people how to conduct themselves

When you micromanage, you are asking for problems. It is sheer absurdity for leaders to think they can competently micromanage their entire business themselves. If you find yourself (like many conventional business leaders) telling yourself, “I gotta take care of this issue, this problem, or this person. I gotta to do this and I gotta do that,” you are probably micromanaging your staff. This isn’t your job as a leader.

Your job is to hire the right people for the job and surround yourself with people who are competent and skillful—and then to allow them to do what they are good at without your interference. Individual contributions tend to be inhibited in organizations that have rigid policy, procedure, and micromanagement processes. If not curbed, the tendency to micromanage can metastasize into an unwholesome fondness for conformity, where novel ideas and new possibilities are seen as dangerous deviations from standard operating procedure.

This post is an excerpt from Leading from the edge of possibility, a book by Chutisa and Steven Bowman. You can order the book "Leading from the Edge of Possibility 2nd Edition"   from Amazon

A better world starts with you & me!.... Learn more about Benevolent Capitalism and  become a catalyst for change and for a different possibility in the world HERE