We can adapt and thrive in harmony with the Earth, each other and all life. A shift to a just, living economy requires that we learn, apply and share a new model for success that fuses cultural wisdom with the principles of living systems to help us see individuals and organizations as they really are– living enterprises with unique core identities. We achieve genuine, enduring success when our lives, work, investments and organizational contributions are aligned with our core identity and our true, creative nature as living, interdependent beings.
7 Shift Habits for Putting the Core Philosophy into Practice
A broader, more meaningful success dashboard includes overall well-being, definition and alignment with your core identity, knowledge and practice of life’s success principles, the ability to optimize stakeholder relationships to maximize sustainable value, the ability to integrate art, science and fun to nurture creativity and innovation, community building knowledge and practice, adaptability and resilience, and life-enhancing leadership skills.
The unique core identity of individuals and organizations shapes perspective, behavior and growth. Things like values, beliefs, talents, dreams, purpose, roles, relationships, and passions make us who we are and impact our ability to reach our potential. Defining and aligning with your core identity helps ensure continuity, longevity, and innovation, supports better, more consistent decisions and builds healthy relationship with stakeholders, including customers, investors, suppliers, and competitors.
Natural laws define success at all levels. They include both cultural wisdom and the time-tested success strategies of living systems. Cultural wisdom includes what you sow is what you reap, visualization, setting and achieving vivid goals, replacing self-defeating habits with life-enhancing habits, systems thinking, financial literacy, and stakeholder accountability. Principles from living systems include self-organization, selectivity (e.g., distinguish food from poison), closing the loop to turn waste into wealth, sustaining oneself while contributing to the broader ecosystem, and balancing efficiency and diversity to ensure adaptability and resilience. By learning, applying and sharing life’s success principles we achieve what we desire while being supportive and in sync with the Earth’s life support systems and the aspirations and needs of today’s and future generations.
Developing healthy, balanced, and reciprocal relationships with your stakeholders (e.g., customers, employees, suppliers, investors, the environment, communities) helps you maximize sustainable value and convey comprehensively the value you bring to the world. Be aware of who and what impacts, or is impacted by, you and your business. With a living enterprise perspective, you see more clearly how your give, share and receive value within your business ecosystem. This helps you optimize stakeholder relationships to maximize sustainable value and innovation, anticipate changes in your environment, and support conditions for growing a just, living economy.
To meet the daunting challenges of our time, we must unleash the infinite wisdom, talent and creative energies that we were born to express as living, spiritual beings. Transformation starts with a commitment by each individual and organization to shed the shackles of an industrial-age mindset and culture that prevent us for reaching our fullest potential. This means being present as authentic human beings, being aware of, developing and sharing our unique talents in how we live and work, and reintegrating artistic expression, scientific and technological know-how, with the passion, play, fun and joy that we felt as children. Once awakened, people will demand change. Many will become change agents within their own communities and spheres of influence. We will seek out or create organizations that treat people as a whole beings, tap, recognize and cultivate our talents, and nurture and celebrate creativity, team-building and collaboration both within and outside our living enterprises.
Community lies at the heart of healthy individuals and organizations. It is the essence of who we are and what we ultimately seek–to be a part of something bigger than ourselves and the really make a difference with our neighbors and our world. Community is all about connections-to ourselves and to each other. It reinforces a sense of belonging and a deep sharing of values, vision, purpose, talents and commitment. It is also about “place” and “interdependency” and our physical, financial, emotional, mental, and spiritual ties with people, places, events and organizations. When we nurture community in our work and personal lives, success, wealth and healing come back to us manifold. Community provides the conditions, support and means for cultivating and growing a just, living economy.
Shifting our habits is the key to being the change we wish to see. Niche-focused habit shifts help you strive toward longer-term goals and create the conditions that nurture individual, organizational and societal transformation. This means developing an inner and outer awareness to help you sense and respond to change, support your adaptability and resilience, provide valuable feedback on your progress and hold yourself accountability to your commitments. Over time, you and your organization will benefit from and model for others, life-enhancing leadership habits that will manifest and reinforce the Big Shift. We become a force of nature that restores, sustains and enhances life at all levels. By finding and developing our unique niches, and helping others find theirs, we become life-enhancing leaders who invest in and create a just, living economy.