By Laurel Elders
There is a distinction. This distinction exists in the heart of every human being. It is a distinction that sets apart the human ego from the human egress into essence. It is the distinction between richness and riches.
An ego will pursue riches, but no ego can understand richness, for we cannot understand the essence of any virtue from the focal point of illusion. Only through truth do we see clearly.
In the days of Jesus Christ, ego reined unrestrained over a multitude of Western "leaders." These were not "leaders" as we view the concept today. These were people who held positions of power and used their power to fuel their thirst for greed. They used their ego's definition of power for destruction and harm.
Documented accounts of such evil include Herod the "Great." He was anything but great. Herod was so threatened by Jesus's birth he ordered the Massacre of the Innocent, killing any children two years or younger. Or how about his order to kill distinguished people after his death? His ego was deeply paranoid that people wouldn't mourn his death. He figured if he murdered people, other people would see those people crying. In his reasoning, people would believe they were crying because they were mourning Herod's death.
Herod was just one of many ego-driven leaders in power who defaulted to evil doing and heartless acts. The above represents the astronomical atrocities human egos were capable of when placed in positions of greed and power.
Are we so fortunate that today, greed has taken a different form? We are no longer ordered to be killed in the name of one's vanity to hang anyone we wish in the blink of an eye.
While we do continue to see greed fueling evil in sex trafficking, today, we also face a different breed of greed.
Today, we face a different monster. The face of greed has shapeshifted. Over the centuries, people have fought for rights, justice, and equity to balance the scales. Greed has had to become more hidden.
To avoid complete eradication, what has the form of greed had to turn into? What type of greed are we facing if we no longer face pure, blatant greed and evil in our leaders?
The answer seems simplistic. Minimal. Non-threatening. Perhaps that is why the monster we face in modern times has swished by us with minimal detection and almost leaves one wondering, "Are things off, or is it just in my imagination?"
The majority of problems humanity currently faces are not one of pitting good against evil. Humanity's prominent problems stem from bias, evil being the most extreme form of bias that can exist.
"A bias is as strong as it is linear. The less linear, the less the bias has a grip. Had we developed and adopted Integrative Intelligence decades ago, we would not be facing the man-made catastrophic large-scale impact we see today." - Integrative Intelligence Defined
The most potent form of bias we face, that is jetting the earth, people's lives, countries and communities out of balance is fueled by greed in the name of progress.
Greed is the ego's version of success and progress. The ego says, 'I want more for myself than I do for another.' While the human ego aches for more riches, its approach can never quench the deep thirst for richness, and so the hamster wheel of imbalance exponentially.
When we view greed through the lens of integrative intelligence, we see greed as just an element. It is a seductive egoic lust that is never satisfied and, therefore, spirals us out of balance with ourselves and the environment. We are living in times where one leader has a massive, large-scale impact. We live in a time when corporations are larger and more powerful than most of our governments.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, greed is defined as "a selfish and excessive desire for more of something than is needed."
What happens when leaders are not driven by greed but driven to truly succeed? What is possible when leaders aren't driven by lust but by trust? What can occur when our leaders shift from seeking riches to leading through richness?
We have yet to find out. We've never had the opportunity to fully experience such leadership. Threatened egos have assassinated the just leaders of our past. Think Dr. King, Lincoln, and Gandhi. Isn't it time to evolve to learn how to flip script? Isn't it a time when just leadership could be the norm?
I have found that every bias, every greed, and every harmful human invention causing more harm than doing good has one causal source. The person involved lacks spiritual development. Spirituality connects us directly to the bigger picture. Gandhi, Einstein, Dr. King, Nelson Mandela, Abraham Lincoln and Mother Theresa were all motivated by the bigger picture of truth first. You cannot be both biased, trapped in linear reasoning, and connected to the bigger picture. It doesn't work that way. There is no need for riches when you are surrounded by richness.
Furthermore, once someone is spiritually rooted, they naturally become integratively intelligent; they live within the vast wisdom of interconnectivity and are elevated to a place within themselves where there is no need for greed.
We live in a day and age where someone can climb the corporate or political ladder and reach level ten and only be at level one or two in their spiritual development. It is high time to elevate, integrate, and innovate through that lens.
By Laurel Elders
Technology. Technology! Technology!!
Wow. Over centuries, humans have invented and implemented technologies to advance our comfort and safety. Fast-forward to today. Our inventions have surpassed many of our wildest dreams.
But is it true advancement if we are shooting ourselves in the foot with new tech? Each year, we hear of another invention that just created five more problems. Then, we have to come up with five more solutions. Then, we deal with overly complex systems that cause more stress.
The simplest example of this can be witnessed in the women's bathrooms in US airports and big box companies. Someone created an auto-flush toilet. So when you sit down, it flushes. If you move, it flushes. When you stand back up, it flushes. This invention is such a waste of water and energy. Not to mention, it is truly annoying to boot.
One extreme form of this has shown up in our food. Decades ago, I was watching the national news. They polled Americans to see if they were okay with introducing genetically modified foods into their diet. 97% said no. The newscasters were floored. They said that typically, they see results like a 40/60 split or even closer to 50/50, but they had never seen so much consensus in all their years of polling.
When the company responsible for spearheading "GMO," genetically modified organisms, got wind of this, they hid what they were doing and lobbied and won. GMOs do not have to be labeled.
I had an opportunity to speak to a college student studying GMOs and planning to enter the field. He said it is not genetic engineering that is so bad. It is the lack of ethics from the money-hungry companies that want their way, even at the expense of others. For example, you buy that item if they took a gene from a shellfish or mushroom that increases the shelf-life of whatever they splice it with. You think you are buying... let's say, a typical apple because the apple isn't labeled. If you happen to be allergic to shellfish and they gene spliced it with shellfish without transparency, you would eat the apple. All of a sudden, you react as if you've eaten shellfish.
They also genetically modified plants to resist RoundUp. So, a plant that would usually die could now withstand loads of RoundUp. This created three new massive problems:
We. Can. Do. Better.
I reckon we've cultivated a society addicted to advancement, with an equal lack of wisdom around what true advancement should look like. After all, wouldn't true advancement mean we get to a finish line without shooting ourselves in the foot?
We live in a world where we've allowed our technological addictions to grow faster than our collective emotional intelligence. When you live in a world that values linear progress over perspicacity, we accidentally limit the potential for real, authentic advancement.
Consider this. The first scientists had a thirst for truth. The heart of the original scientists sought to discover the truth of what made up reality and how we could better understand that reality.
Much of science now is bought out by a company that aims to make more money. Any incidental truths of how the invention might impact anything beyond the bottom line are often thrown out the window in the name of progress.
Yet, it doesn't have to be this way.
This linear thinking has led to limited thinking. Instead of companies asking, "What new tech can we invent to make more money?" they could ask, "What can we invent to make more money that will also leave a positive impact?" The bigger question lends to bigger success. Why are we settling for inventions that cause harm? Humans are definitely intelligent enough to create solutions that lend to success in ALL areas.
The other consequence of the addiction to advancement is that instead of enjoying the fruits of invention, we envelop this "it is never enough" mentality.
"Never enough" is a fast track to imbalance. Unfortunately, being that the human race has a global overpopulation, we now leave a large-scale impact and can do so rapidly. The good news is that with an Integratively Intelligent philosophy spearheading our technological advancement, we can use large-scale impact to rapidly reverse negative impact.
When companies are driven by the pinnacles of true success (success in all areas), they will outshine other companies that don't care and are solely focused on monetary gain.
Technology. Invention. Innovation. None of these are good or bad, right or wrong. It is how we relate to progress that needs to shift for the better.
What common denominator is keeping us stuck in the linear limited obsession?
Ignore-ance: Ignoring any impact before inventing leads to ignorance. Ignoring can also come from arrogance or a lack of caring. Why would someone who owns three houses care about the environment when they can sleep at night on the softest pillows and get a massage the next day?
Ignoring also is fuel to obsession. Obsessing provides us with tunnel vision. The upside is we hyper-focus and can accomplish the linear task at hand. Consequently, we become blind to how we impact the strands of interconnection that exist all around us.
A true sign of intelligence is to include the strands of interconnectivity already there. As the Native American Chief Seattle said, "Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves."
We also have interconnectivity within us that is being ignored. This leads us to our next question.
What are the consequences to us as human beings when we obsess with tech advancement in imbalanced ways?
Externally focused attention distracts us, eclipsing personal potential. Self-actualization is reaching one's potential in a lifetime. As we look through the lens of integration, we see how reaching potential is a form of inner-innovation.
I've come across speculations that we are de-evolving mentally due to our extreme external focus. We may have used skills like intuition that have been muted out because instead, we go to the phone. In our current tech-obsessed culture, going within is no longer our first response.
Why not have both? Why not have the tech and develop our inner technology? The human being has fascinating amounts of untapped potential.
Innovation versus Inner-innovation
When our inner-innovation drives our external innovation, we will stop seeing massive consequences and start experiencing an equilibrium of true success. True success will never have a negative side effect attached. If there is a negative side effect, then that is not true success.
It is time we look at technology and the heart of advancement through a more integratively informed lens. We are collectively intelligent enough to create technology for good. Technologies where we don't have to put the blinders of self-deception on to make the next buck. Technologies that don't overcomplicate the world. Instead, they simplify it and align with it.
Technology done truly intelligently has the potential to elevate human potential exponentially.
By Laurel Elders
I was fortunate enough to land a job "randomly" at a school for Traditional Chinese Medicine (TMC). I did not seek out this job. It somehow found me through a referral from a friend. That referral became an eight-year career shift into higher education and integrative medicine.
My life's work is embedded in Integrative Intelligence. We define Integrative Intelligence as the wisdom that develops from understanding interconnectivity.
TCM embraces this truth. Western medicine is allopathic and does not go there. Allopathy is the practice of treating a symptom by opposition. In other words, the symptom is stopped or hidden by the application of a drug or surgery designed to counter the symptom.
I learned that allopathic medicine is brilliant in emergencies or anything that needs immediate attention. Thank God for Western medicine in these circumstances! However, because of the linear focus on stopping a symptom from externalizing, it falls short of healing the cause of the symptom.
Those of you who know me well know I'm a natural-born skeptic. When I first started at the school, I believed that acupuncture couldn't be more than a placebo. But hey – if a placebo works, then by all means, bring it on!
Over those eight years, I was exposed to people healing themselves by "alternative" means, pathways to healing that defy logic, and integratively intelligent practitioners who saw the interconnected nature of physical health.
My awareness of cause and effect deepened.
I learned that Western medicine and thought have their place, but they are linear and naturally yield substantial limitations.
The body is designed to self-correct. We see this at the most basic level of getting a paper cut, a scab forms, and the skin repairs itself. It does all of this without our intervention.
The body is designed to issue warning signs of the two primary causes of injury or disease: constriction and imbalance. We experience aches or pains alerting us that something is off.
If your heart clogs from the combination of inflammation and cholesterol that constricts blood flow, the outcome is a heart attack. If you trip and twist your ankle, the ligaments experience Hyperextension or tear, which creates a significant imbalance, aka injury.
One day, I hurt my shoulder. After a week of suffering and not being able to do yoga or climb, I asked one of the Tuina bodywork experts at the school to take a look. He did a two-minute examination and said something to the effect of, "I can fix this. I can fix it quickly, and it will hurt. Or, I can be gentle and fix it over the next two weeks for you. What do you prefer?"
That was a response I was not accustomed to. I said, "Let's fix it quickly so I can return to normal life." He nodded his head. Over about a five-minute – very painful timespan - he twisted here, pulled there, placed a few acupuncture needles, and said, "Ok, you are all set. You will be sore for two days, that will dissipate, and you will be back to normal."
My recovery happened precisely as he outlined. I was sore for two days and then good to go, yoga handstands, rock climbing, chasing children around and all.
It turns out that the medicine with the ancient lineage, aware of the interconnected nature of the human body, has a solid capacity to heal ailments at the root.
Why is it so effective? How?? My inner skeptic had to know.
I joined a talk by a Tuina practitioner who apprenticed under a world-renowned master to learn more.
He shared that the roots of this medicine go back thousands of years. Back then, they didn't have emergency medicine. People in China worked in fields or on farms. If there was an injury and you didn't correct it immediately, you didn't eat. They culturally tapped into healing as a necessity for surviving and thriving.
During those eight years, I've had my own healing experiences. When I was 15, I was thrown from a truck that was going 80 MPR on the freeway from Tucson to Phoenix. The ER doctor told me that 99% of people who survive such a crash are paralyzed or permanently handicapped. I beat those odds, but in my twenties, I developed chronic back pain.
Based on the accident's severity, my primary care doctor delivered the bad news that I could expect to experience a bleak future, living with chronic back/neck pain and developing arthritis.
I then discovered yoga. I began to stretch and strengthen. Yoga corrects both constriction and imbalances. My pain completely disappeared, only to return if I missed a week of yoga. That is when I realized I played a crucial role in my health.
This example is the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the human body's capacity to heal itself. I spoke to many people who cured cancer from nutrition and energy work. I talked to people who walked in with "incurable pain" and walked out with complete relief (no drugs were issued). I spoke to people who experienced emotional, spiritual, and psychological healing.
All first-hand experiences of everyday miracles that never made the news…. Why? There is no money in healing.
By Laurel Elders
In part one, we explored the possibilities that surround us and that are within us. In part two, we are expanding upon the truth that possibilities within us in a new light.
"I'm going to speak up," I said.
"I don't think you should. These things get sticky quickly, and I don't want to experience recoil. Even though you are right, the situation is horrible, it can come back to bite you." I listened to my colleague and ruminated on her words.
I was working in a company with a "good 'ol boy" mentality in the leadership. One of the three leaders abused his power by threatening people behind closed doors and manipulating votes to his favor, etc. I had enough.
Something inside of me wouldn't allow me to look the other way. Something inside me wouldn't let me sleep at night, knowing that people were dealing with the emotional abuse this leader was resorting to.
Something inside me also knew I would be speaking to brick walls if I spoke up. I took matters into my own hands. I took action in another way. I sent a company survey out to all the stakeholders and gathered anonymous feedback on what people were experiencing.
The feedback was so strong and detailed that this leader was eventually let go.
My point in sharing this story is that just like we have virtues within, we also carry with us core values. In this circumstance, I tapped into the virtues of courage and protection. What prompted me to do something and not look the other way? My deep-seated values for respect, equity, and truth.
What is fascinating about being human is that we can go our entire lives without knowing these parts of ourselves. Virtues and values can be untapped potentials waiting to be activated.
Virtues we choose. Values are reflected in our behaviors and reactions. Values become evident when we excavate them by expanding our self-awareness.
It makes sense to me that we don't know them. The majority of us do not live in cultures that invite self-awareness, self-actualization, or to expand our personal intelligence.
In my coaching practice of almost 20 years, I've noticed that the majority of my coaching clients come to the work without knowing their core values. After a value sorting exercise, this self-knowledge illuminates their life. Their reactions that didn't previously make sense now make perfect sense. Everyone thought I was crazy for going up against the "good 'ol boys" club, but I couldn't do it any other way.
Oh, and my boss fired me for the survey results. When the results went beyond my boss to the company owner, I was hired back, given a promotion, and the leader most at fault was finally let go after three years.
While getting fired for doing the right thing was daunting, I could sleep at night feeling right within myself.
Our values are our internal compass that tells us when we are in and out of alignment with them. In that drastic circumstance, I felt compelled. That wasn't always the case for me. There are more times than I'd like to admit when I've chosen to go against my values and felt it.
Have you had those moments? Where you know what is right for you to do is, and you justify doing the opposite and then later scratch your head?
The Aribinger Institute teaches a powerful lesson about justification in their book The Anatomy of Peace. They highlight how, in carpentry, we only need to justify something if it is crooked and out of alignment. So, when we take our truth and twist it into a justification, we get out of alignment with ourselves. This is called self-deception.
Self-deception occurs when the ego steps in to justify the fear or objection we have. To the ego, success is scary, doing the right thing is scary, and living aligned with our highest self feels untrustworthy.
As we integrate and grow in our Integrative Intelligence, we see that our core values are the truth of our highest self. They carry the essence of who we truly are at our core and what we are made of. They are both the lantern to our path through life, and yet they are also the path.
The good news is that we all embody different core values, and thank goodness for this! If we all valued justice higher than anything else, we may all be lawyers. If we all valued helping others, we may all be doctors or nurses. The diversity within us has the capacity to balance our communities. We each have a place. A purpose. A patch of grass for us to tend to in our life.
If you do not know this part of yourself deeply, I invite you to take the sacred journey within yourself. What values are at your core? What do they have to teach you about your potential and your truth?
By Laurel Elders
I grew up watching Saturday morning cartoons where the main character would inevitably come to a crossroads. They have to make a choice. Do I do the "right" thing and consider others? Or do I do the "wrong" thing and hurt others for my own gain? An angel would magically appear above one shoulder and a devil upon the other. They would then argue back and forth and try to get the main character to abide.
It has been said that every human is capable of either vice or virtue. We get to choose.
Today, we are exploring the precipice of human vice and human virtue through the lens of Integrative Intelligence. I define Integrative Intelligence as the wisdom that develops from understanding interconnectivity.
Before we dive in, I wanted to share with you a fun fact.
Get this! We don't create possibilities. We also can't create them.
They already exist. They surround us 365 days a year, 24/7. While we may not create possibilities, we do create probability, and by expanding our probability, we create access points to opportunity.
A prime example is if I show up to work with a chip on my shoulder. I am short with my colleagues. I don't engage much. I avoid new projects. I'm not all that pleasant to work with or be around.
What is the probability I'll get the upcoming promotion?
I think we can all agree that the probability is relatively small.
Yet, what happens if I get coached? What if I begin to dispel the chip on my shoulder? What if I'm now showing up more open, talkative, and supportive? What if I contribute my creative ideas freely now? And what if I'm now much more pleasant to be around?
With this shift, what is the new probability I'll get the promotion?
I may or may not get it, but I've increased my access to the possibility by opening up an opportunity for myself.
Possibilities abound! The question is, do we have access to them?
Just like possibilities exist around us, possibilities also exist within us.
Unlike external possibilities, where we have to increase our probability to gain access to them, the internal possibilities can be activated anytime we need them. Internal possibilities ignite the expansion of probability.
Let's reference the example above. To address the chip on my shoulder, I had to choose to activate the human virtues of self-acceptance, appreciation, and grace. Once I activated those within me to address and resolve my "chip," this naturally increased my probability.
Activating the possibilities within us gives us greater access to the possibilities surrounding us.
So you may be wondering. What are these human virtues? What possibilities exist within me?
The list below is just a snapshot of the possibilities that exist within each human being.
You may also be wondering… if all of these possibilities exist within each human being, why don't we all act like it? Why does evil exist?
There is one answer to these very historical questions. The answer is simple—the implication is complex.
The human ego shrouds the human heart. The ego is bound by hyper-external focus. Its projections are all in the name of our self-protection. It creates defenses, reacts to fears, and cultivates stories that become the walls encasing our hearts.
Human virtue we only see once we are free.
Now that you are aware of the potent interconnectivity surrounding you and the inner-connectivity within you, what will you choose to activate?
Speeding up is the ego's solution.
Worrying is the ego's pollution.
By slowing down, we begin to ground.
Looking into the heart, there is wisdom to be found..
By Laurel Elders, MCC
Integrative Intelligence. The wisdom that develops from understanding interconnectivity.
In 2013, John Mackey, founder of Whole Foods, started a movement. He wrote the book Conscious Capitalism after noticing some forms of Capitalism were causing harm.
So far, it is the only integratively intelligent capitalistic business model, approach, and philosophy I’ve encountered. One could argue that Capitalism can only breed greed because it is structured to instigate competition. However, Integrative Intelligence teaches us that anything can be used for a greater good or used as homage to the ego.
Today, we will examine how the Eight Domains of Human Potential integrate with Conscious Capitalism. This process gives us a basis to evaluate how we are doing in Corporate America and where there is room to raise the bar.
Below, I’ve correlated each domain to the eight key ways companies focus on success.
How do each correlate?
SOMATIC = Financial
I placed financial under somatic because soma represents the physical aspects of the body. A business is designed to gain physical capital to survive. Financial gain is the blood flow of a company.
Somatic is also how a company's employees are physically impacted. This impact can include emotions and stress levels. "New data suggests that for almost 70% of people, their manager has more impact on their mental health than their therapist or their doctor—and it's equal to the impact of their partner." Forbes, Jan. 2023
COGNITIVE = Leadership
Leaders are at the head of the organization; they lead the thinking and the doing just like the mind/brain does in the human body. Leaders set a company's tone, mindset, and mental direction. Leaders either lend to clarity or deplete it.
Cognitive aspects also include strategy, efficacy, and efficiency of the company as a whole. Cognitive elements are also intimately connected to company resiliency, agility, creativity, and adaptability.
EMOTIONAL = Employee Support
The presence of, or lack of, employee support directly impacts the emotionality of any company. Whether a company is aware or not, its leadership directly impacts its employees' emotional lives.
Adequate emotional support can be delivered through good healthcare, living wages, cultivating a positive company culture, and building on employee strengths.
"Managers who adopted a transformational leadership style had the biggest positive impact on their employees' mental health." "… transformational leaders inspire others by painting a vision, encouraging team members to engage in creative thinking and tailoring their approach to the individual needs of each employee." ~ Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies
ENERGETIC: Company Culture
The company's culture is the company's heart and soul. Culture correlates to energy output. Negative cultures drain the employee's energy. Positive cultures inspire new energy and engagement.
Top-down toxic cultures naturally cultivate low productivity and low morale. If it is a supportive, positive-impact culture, there will naturally be higher energy levels, more productivity, motivation to perform with excellence, and enhanced agility.
RELATIONAL: Stakeholder Impact
First, let's make a distinction. A stakeholder is only sometimes a shareholder. A stakeholder is anyone with an interest in the business or is impacted by that business. Our current view of stakeholders has been so linear that many companies fail to see their actual stakeholders and how broad of a reach this concept actually goes.
When we approach business with a linear emphasis on financials, the full gambit of stakeholders is typically ignored, ironically leading to missed opportunities for tremendous business success. By first understanding interconnectivity and impact, we get a much more conclusive picture to work from and cultivate many more opportunities to expand a company's full value.
MOTIVATIONAL: Level of Awareness
The motivation of a company is intimately connected to its mission. Problems occur when a company starts with a mission to make money and then has to backtrack and create a mission statement. Integrative intelligence teaches us that money is not an actual purpose. Money is not a mission. Money is an outcome. A company bereft of a true mission is represented in the movie The Wizard of Oz as the proverbial tin man without a heart.
How aware a company is of its actual mission will directly impact the motivation showing up in its employees. The mission can shape the culture, heart, and soul of the emotional well-being of a company. If a company's mission is stronger than the leadership, the company can endure.
SPIRITUAL: Positive Impact
Conscious Capitalism teaches us that all business has the capacity to be used to elevate humanity and leave a positive impact. Spirituality is a connection to something bigger. For a company, this can be leaving a positive legacy. If every company decided to use its services to have a positive impact, this world would be 100% a better place to live.
Integrating a spiritual awareness in business can also elevate its leadership. This perspective includes big-picture problem solving because it is inherently connected to leading through positive impact.
The environment is a stakeholder easily overlooked when the linear focus is on money. When other companies look the other way, it is easy to justify doing the same. People who advocate for the environment are often passed off as hippies or tree-huggers. However, I don't know anyone who truly wants toxic air to breathe or a dirty ocean to walk through. Not one.
Integrative intelligence teaches us that it is time to put down the judgments and thank the environmentalists for caring. It is time to thank those who see cause and effect and are taking a stand to conserve life. We live in times when companies are not leaving a large-scale impact. They are leaving a massive, large-scale impact. Anyone who concludes humans have zero effect on the state of the planet is sorely self-deceived. We see a linear focus on money blinding people from the reality of the devastating impact they just don't want to admit they are leaving with their legacy. To have a positive future, the time to act in integratively intelligent ways has arrived.
As we can see, there IS a better way at hand. There is a way to empower people, lead with a positive cause, be a positive cause, and use business to elevate human potential - AND this includes expanding capital. When capital becomes one goal out of many, we start succeeding at business in all ways, not just one. This is the heart of true success!
Why limit full success?
Most billionaires currently are so focused on their linear goals that instead of using their wealth and leadership status to fix the issues at hand, here and now, they are building rockets and playing with their new toys like toddlers in preschool.
The excellent news about large-scale impact is that it goes both ways. It can devastate and kill off life quickly through toxins or cancer. However, it can also counter adverse effects quickly and bring life back. We saw this during Covid. Stanford University reported, "The global COVID-19 lockdowns caused fossil CO2 emissions to decline by an estimated 2.4 billion tons in 2020."
Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory reported in 2021, "Earth's atmosphere reacted in surprising ways to the lowering of emissions during the pandemic, showing how closely climate warming and air pollution are linked."
Covid took the blinders of ignorance off of us. Most company leaders were touting "changing our ways is too big of a leap and will harm us financially" and running "we will be sustainable by 2050!" campaigns. Yet, Covid called us out on our BS. Not only can we pivot, we did pivot. I'm not saying it was easy. I'm saying we are intelligent enough.
We are intelligent enough to cultivate business success in all areas, not just one or two. There are more benefits to tapping into Integratively Intelligent approaches than remaining linearly focussed. Linear comes with grave limits. It is time, my friends, to raise the bar on the American definition of success. Our future depends on it.
The articles provided here on Integrative Intelligence do not capture, nor claim to capture, the full breadth of human dynamics.
These articles offer only a glimpse into new possibilities when we become more integratively aware and develop our scope of wisdom.
There are many facets to a single prism. These are but a few facets to help inspire a deeper and broader exploration.