It turns out that the worker has exactly the same expectation that the manager has, and that is that those people in charge of him should care for him and give him an opportunity to grow.
Receptive attention means that in that moment you give attention to things that are actually going on; you are actually perceiving the world itself and not some very limited part of it defined by your objectives.
It is absolutely essential then that we cultivate the capacity to recognize struggle so that we can deal with it in a healthy and enlightening manner.
One of the reasons that people purposely avoid stepping outside their comfort zones, is to avoid being challenged. We want to surround ourselves with others like us, the contemporary world is no less full of tribal concerns than the era’s which we have labeled dark.
We pursue wealth because people think wealth, our goods will somehow protect us and we end up discovering that the goods don’t protect us. You have to protect the goods.
The liberalism of Europe is passé because the politics of Africa is on the march. These are the politics of Convergence and the Bill of Duties.
Every human on this planet is capable of love and benevolence. We must be deliberate about seeing this in the culturally prescribed ways of being. We must see the goodness behind the apparently offensive.
The locus of change and development does not sit in the structure and bureaucracy of the organisation, it sits in the intent of the individual.
When a person is value driven in their behavior they are able to differentiate between what is expedient and what is correct in any given situation and they act on the basis of what is correct.
When people suspend their self-interest for the requirements of the team their demeanour is fundamentally co-operative.