Now, you might be wondering, “How do you motivate people with brutal facts? Doesn’t motivation flow chiefly from a compelling vision?” The answer, surprisingly, is, “No.” Not because vision is unimportant, but because expending energy trying to motivate people is largely a waste of time. One of the dominant themes that runs throughout this book is that if you successfully implement its findings, you will not need to spend time and energy “motivating” people. If you have the right people on the bus, they will be self-motivated. The real question then becomes: How do you manage in such a way as not to de-motivate people?And one of the single most de-motivating actions you can take is to hold out false hopes, soon to be swept away by events.
Yes, leadership is about vision. But leadership is equally about creating a climate where the truth is heard and the brutal facts confronted. There’s a huge difference between the opportunity to “have your say” and the opportunity to be heard. The good-to-great leaders understood this distinction, creating a culture wherein people had a tremendous opportunity to be heard and, ultimately, for the truth to be heard.
‘The great secret of spiritual science is allowing something to happen without doing it. It needs great understanding and awareness to allow things to happen. No doing is required on our part, because whatever we do, we do out of our confused minds. It can’t be something really deep, because the mind itself is very shallow.Seeing this, understanding it, a new approach arises——the approach of letting go. The great secret of spiritual science is allowing something to happen without doing it. It needs great understanding and awareness to allow things to happen.
In March 1973, E.B.White (born in 1899, was one of the greatest essayists of his time) wrote the following perfectly formed reply to a Mr. Nadeau, who sought White’s opinion on what he saw as a bleak future for the human race. Continue reading →
There was a man hanging from a cliff two thousand feet above the valley floor. The terrified man looked to the top of the cliff and screamed, “Is there anyone up there who can help me?” Continue reading →
Religion lives on Trust, just as Science thrives on Doubt.
If there is a predominance of religion in the world, it is difficult for science to thrive, very difficult, because the two are based on very different fundamentals. But if your trust is total and you have no doubt inside, then there is no law in this world that your trust cannot vanquish. And there is nothing in this world that your trust cannot make possible. But your trust must be total – even the smallest hole in it will sink the boat.