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  Exploring the Contours of a Conscious Culture By Ashok Bhatia A culture which is rooted in Consciousness does not throw up hapless leaders who keep burning the proverbial midnight oil in their relentless pursuit of commercial goals only, while shoving concerns such as the environment, the society and human resources under the corporate carpet. It does not merely mean that our marketing honchos are doing their best in servicing our customers effectively and efficiently; instead, it implies that they do so while ensuring that the product/service as well as its packaging is environment-friendly. It means that those toiling on the operations side design the processes in such a way that the carbon footprints are at least neutral, if not positive; that our financial wizards keep nudging the organization towards maximizing returns to all its stakeholders; and the human resource executives keep burning the midnight oil to ensure that people and processes respect human values and digni
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Interviewing Luigi Sciambarella, a modern day Consciousness Exploration Leader Tell us about you and how you got where you are now Luigi. I’ll give you the short version! Professionally, I’m a hypno-psychotherapist, a tutor of the National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, and a residential trainer for the Monroe Institute. Personally, I’m a dual national, having been born in Blackburn, Lancashire to Southern Italian parents. I’ve been married for 12 years (and together for 20) with my wife Pamela, whom I met at Blackburn College, and spend most of my weekdays working with therapy clients and weekends either running personal development workshops or teaching trainee hypno-psychotherapists. Since I was very young, I’ve been interested in psychology and consciousness, and so I pursued training in psychology academically and then professionally. While studying, I discovered the work of the Monroe Institute (namely, Bob Monroe’s books and later on audio-guidance technology) and starte
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Bertie Wooster dishes out some Parenting Tips by Ashok Bhatia I confess I have never had the chance of listening to the prattle of tender feet around me. However, this does not mean that I do not observe kids. I do so, with all the shrewdness at my command. When they giggle and stare at public speakers, the latter are all of a twitter. When they seek protection money from their wannabe step fathers, the soul cringes. When they use paraffin wax to douse fires, one sickens in horror. When they decide to extract a revenge of sorts from cabinet ministers who have reported their smoking endeavours in the shrubberies, one draws appropriate conclusions. When they celebrate their birthdays by either putting sherbet in ink pots or by going AWOL to enjoy a dinner and a movie, one gets overawed with the kind of courage they have. Having suffered at the hands of such obnoxious kids as Thos, Seabury, Edwin the Scout, Kid Blumenfeld, Peggy Mainwaring and Kid Clementina, I have willy-nilly come to th
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Roderick Spode presents his Annual Corona Report By Ashok Bhatia At the 2nd Annual General Meeting of the shareholders of the Global Corona Corporation (GCC), Roderick Spode, the Vice President (Operations) of the company, presented his Annual Report for the period from April 2020 to March 2021. Here are some of the salient features of his report. Due to the aggressive marketing policies followed by GCC, brand Covid has captured a major share of the market during the year under reference. As of now, close to 136 million people have suffered from this onslaught, while as many as 2.94 million have kicked the bucket. This has reduced the pressure on the limited resources of our planet. If the world population is taken to be 7.8 billion, during the last year, GCC has touched a mere 0.02% of human beings. This shows the immense market potential which lies untapped for the products and services of GCC in the times to come. We have already trained an army of Red Shorts volunteering to help us
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Eeyore and Yoda Walk into a Bar By Jeffrey Deckman “Listening is the Language of Respect” So, Eeyore and his master, Yoda walk into a bar. They order a few drinks are talking about their ex-wives and Yoda’s persistent rashes. Eventually the discussion turns to business. Eeyore is stressed because the people he is trying to manage don’t listen to him. Eeyore is just about at his wit’s end and explains his saga to Yoda. He laments that he tells his staff what he needs and when, but they don’t respond. He asks them for their input on how to solve problems and hears “crickets” in response. Then, he tries to hold them accountable but it feels like no one willingly does anything without being told. He has started to apply more pressure but it feels like he is “pushing a rope” or trying to sweep water uphill. Nothing is improving. In fact, in response to his pressure, they are either pushing back or going passive-aggressive on him. Eyeore’s Dilemma Eeyore is even starting to feel like his emp
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Is Your Organisation Designed Backwards? By Jeffrey Deckman Two of the most important and most challenging issues facing executives today are: 1. How to get more productivity from people who are already overworked and “over-processed.” 2. How to satisfy the demand of todayʼs worker to contribute more and to feel more engaged in the process. Seeing these two challenges you may be asking yourself: “So whatʼs the problem? Management wants more from the employees and employees seem to want to give more.” At first glance, it may not look like there is much of an issue here. But the fact is that these two questions are very much in play in business today in both the executive and the employee circles and both sides are frustrated. So whatʼs the deal? ITʼS A MATTER OF PERSPECTIVES Take this test sometime in the near future: Ask the people who work with, or for, you a few questions. But first, create a safe environment for them to be honest. Next, include peers and entry-level employees you ma
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Practicing the Workplace "Love Languages" By Amir Ghannad Photo by Brett Jordan on  Unsplash Have you ever tried to do something nice for someone, only to be disappointed in how they received it? Perhaps you went out of your way to express your gratitude or demonstrate that you care about and value them, only to receive a lukewarm response, as if it didn’t quite hit the spot for them. I think it’s safe to say that we have all experienced this every now and then. While this can definitely be discouraging when it happens in our personal lives, even the fear of such a response keeps us from taking our work relationships to that next level, instead keeping many of us at the level of “transactionships” alone. Well the good news is that there are ways to take your communication and relationships to that next level, both in your personal life and at work, and that’s what I want to talk about in this post. Several years ago, I was exposed to two teachings that opened my eyes to how I