Great Work Requires Great Consciousness
Our resistance to change has developed over time as a means of ensuring our survival. The anxiety we feel when we step outside of our comfort zone is fundamental barrier to innovation and change. We are not as evolved as we would like to think. The lizard part of our brain has been responsible for keeping us safe for the past 500 million years. It does not want us to ever leave the safety of our caves. Its goal is to keep us safe and alive which often means disengaged and unchanged.
As children we were far less resistance to change. When learning to walk we often fell flat on our face. We got up and did it again, and again, and again. Eventually we learned to walk. Within companies people often rise to their level of consciousness and no further. Developing our authenticity and emotional intelligence leads to higher consciousness. The return on investment (ROI) in doing the emotional labor required never ends. It is important to realize no one can produce results beyond their level of consciousness.
Historically the market value of a company was often considered to be roughly twice its net asset value. Now the market value of a growing number of companies is, in some cases, forty or fifty times their net asset value (HBR). Why the change? It is because the market is beginning to understand and truly value the importance of the human capital within an organization. The development of an organization’s authenticity and emotionally intelligence leads to higher consciousness. This is our key advantage in the marketplace.