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Do we need wisdom in business? Isn’t wisdom some fluffy, nice thing to have as a leader?

Ok being a wise leader is nice, now let’s get back to reality.

Aren’t we supposed to perform, achieve results, meet deadlines and provide shareholder returns?

Well, in essence, there is NO business without wisdom, wisdom is always there but the question is to what extent is it suppressed in your organization and what are the consequences.Wisdom in Business

Where you operate from and how you manage your business will make all the difference between success and profitability at the expense of stress and burnout from employees,… and success and profitability that motivates people through a higher purpose and help them to be happy internally (their Monk) and be successful externally (in their Suit).

If a business is just managed rationally from the mind, people are not really motivated, goals for them are just a means to achieve targets, get your bonus, get promoted, and achieve more. Do you know some people like that in your company? There is no meaning. There is a lack of trust amongst teams, a lack of sharing, and no ‘’real cooperation’’. A business managed only from the mind creates an aggressive unhealthy corporate culture with people unwilling to change.

So what’s the solution? Be irrational, go into wisdom and change yourself and your culture and your business?

It’s not that simple.

People, workers, leaders, managers, employees are HUMAN BEINGS. Human beings are EMOTIONAL beings, not rational beings. Your rationale is HOW YOU GET THINGS DONE as a leader, and your emotions are what drive you.

Some businesses operate based on

RATIONAL➡️EXTERNAL MOTIVATION ➡️ GOALS  ➡️ ACHIEVEMENT

Shouldn’t it be

EMOTIONAL (PURPOSE) ➡️ INTERNAL MOTIVATION ➡️ RATIONAL ➡️ EXTERNAL MOTIVATION ➡️ GOALS ➡️ ACHIEVEMENT?

How many organizations do you know that help leaders achieve to be balanced internally and be successful externally?

Wisdom is exactly where the emotional part comes into play. Wisdom is what helps employees to be balanced within. Wisdom contains your values, your purpose, your level of self-management, self-awareness, ethical behavior, patience, stress management, an open mindset. How many of your leaders are aware of these and have integrated them into their daily leadership?

If they haven´t the chance of burnout and excessive stress is very high!

So it is key for leaders to develop this wisdom inside themselves to experience, emotional, mental, and spiritual stability so that they can be happy internally and successful externally for themselves and the organization.

It´s time for change.

Raf Adams

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Raf Adams

If today you feel a lack of mental, emotional, or spiritual balance, you can take this 2-minute questionnaire designed by Prof. Dr. Mike Thomson from CEIBS (China Europe International Business School) that will help you identify the Gap between your internal and external worlds. Take your free check-up here now.

I write thought pieces and provide perspective on life and leadership to help leaders bridge the gap between their internal and external self to achieve mental, emotional and spiritual balance. By doing so be more effective and make a positive difference for themselves, their teams, company and society. To buy a copy of The Suited Monk or provide it as a gift for a friend or colleague click here.

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