Your success as a CEO is determined by the way you connect to sources of power and fortitude.
As I wrote in the previous articles, all of those who surround you including employees, managers and the directorate expect you to lead them to success; establish a winning strategy; increase profits, sales and market shares; recruit the best people and build an innovative, efficient company.
How do you do this? You are working under uncertain conditions. How can you know future market trends and build a strategy that will lead your company to success? How do you know how your competitors will respond? How will you know if investing in a specific product will lead the company to victory, or to bankruptcy? How do you find the courage and the strength to lead and direct the company?
Your power flows solely from inside of you. As a result of it, you don’t vacillate, are decisive and reach your conclusion; lead the way and call out “After me!” showing unceasing diligence to reach your goal; are confident in your success and give off a sense of contagious optimism even when times are hard; are the first to recover after a failure, encouraging everyone and explaining that what you experienced was a minor setback on the way to victory, not a defeat ...If you already behave in this way, you don’t need to continue to read this article as I will not teach you anything new. If you want to be a leader that acts like this, you must invest in yourself and develop your inner strength. Mastering the following three skills will turn you into a powerful CEO and leader.
Accessing sources of information
Creating the future
Did you know that inventors, leaders, successful entrepreneurs, famous composers and other successful people were able to accomplish great feats because they had access to a limitless source of information, which includes more information than all of which exists in books or on the Internet? Some of the most successful and famous people in the world admit that they are able to successfully connect to this source of information source, sometimes called cosmic intelligence, that exists around them.
Did you know that Albert Einstein would sit on an easy chair, close his eyes, meditate and allow his brain to pick up ideas, which ultimately became breakthrough articles in the field of physics? Did you know that Mozart and other composers described how they “heard” music in their head and only had to transcribe the notes? How did the music get into their head, music they had never heard before, as it had not been created yet? Surely, you have heard that Steve Jobs, who could be considered one of the most creative people of our time, described at length how he meditated. Why did he do that? In order to free his mind from thoughts and allow himself to take in information and ideas from that intelligence that exists around us. He, then, translated those ideas into the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Did you know that managers and employees in companies such as Apple, LinkedIn, Twitter, Target, General Mills and other companies meditate together on a daily, or weekly, basis at their workplaces, and that 80% of them report that, as a result of this, they “feel they are more efficient and productive” and “make better decisions”?
There is no scientific way to explain cosmic intelligence, but to people who tap into it on a regular basis, there is no doubt that it exists. I want to surprise you and prove to you that you, too, make use of it, even if you are not conscious of it. Hasn’t it happened to you that the telephone has rung, and before you picked it up, you knew and felt who was calling? Haven’t you turned to a person close to you with a question – and they said “How did you know I was just thinking of that topic?” Hasn’t it happened that you recalled someone you have not seen for years, and suddenly, in an amazing coincidence, you see them in the street, an hour later?
You, like every other person in the world, are endowed with this unexplained ability called a ‘sixth sense,’ an ability to “make contact” with other people, “to guess” what other people are thinking and to “feel” what is about to happen. Maybe this ability is not developed within you, but it exists, and you can cultivate it and use it for your own good.
You must be asking: Do you want me to spend most of my time meditating?
No, my goal is to inform you that there are additional tools that you can use. In business school, you gain certain management tools, which we’ll call ‘functional tools’, most of which are scientific, intellectual and measurable. We are talking here about management accounting, human resources, marketing and sales, development, projects and other areas. And you, as the CEO, must be proficient in dealing with them. Right now, I am suggesting you use other tools that we will call ‘spiritual tools’, which can’t be measured, or scientifically proven. I am saying that there is no recipe book or standard methodology for activating these tools, and they are created for and tailored to you personally. Yet, their power and efficiency is certain and using them has caused many global breakthroughs, including the establishment of successful, leading companies. Successful CEOs and leaders have learned to assemble a management toolbox with a combination of functional and spiritual tools. You too can do this!
Functional knowledge and tools are learned at university. They are available to you and your management – you use them for ongoing administration, and it is not my intention to elaborate on them in this article. Using spiritual tools, including access to a limitless information source and cosmic intelligence requires a different set of skills. This is the place to say that everyone has the potential to connect to and use this cosmic information source, if you learn to act according to the following principles.
Openness – Don’t dismiss the idea of cosmic intelligence just because you don’t understand it. You also don’t understand how cellphones pick up radio waves, but despite that, you use them. You have to be open-minded and ready to accept the existence of cosmic intelligence and the concept that good ideas can come from anywhere and anyone, not only from your chief engineer, or from the management conference room.
Listening – Cosmic intelligence communicates with you at all times. You must learn to listen. Sometimes it makes its appearance as an idea that springs into your head suddenly. Sometimes it speaks out of the mouth of the person sitting next to you on a flight. Sometimes it shows up as a short sentence in a newspaper, sometimes as a dream and sometimes as an email sent to you “by mistake.” Successful business people often describe the way they made a key decision that launched them into the big leagues by referring to it as “a gut instinct” and, as I call it, a sixth sense, or getting correct information from an unexplained source. The way that cosmic intelligence communicates with you is not important. But if you listen, you will pick up the message.
Self-awareness – Be aware of your own thoughts. Our brain is so busy with thoughts, that we do many activities automatically...Do you remember your commute to work today? It is safe to assume that you don’t because your brain was busy thinking. Jewish mystics have said: “Wherever a man’s thoughts are located, there he is, completely.” Thoughts block the connection to cosmic intelligence. In order to receive messages, our brains must be calm, without thoughts. Have you ever noticed that the best idea popped up when you went out to make coffee during that meeting that went on for two hours with no resolution? Archimedes discovered the method of identifying when silver had been used to replace gold in the royal crown when he was in the bathtub. He got out and ran naked screaming “Eureka!” (“I found it” in Greek). In order to increase your brain’s sensitivity and to pick up messages, I recommend that you do a short, daily meditation, in which you quiet your thoughts and give cosmic intelligence an opportunity to communicate with you.
A small ego — Sometimes the ego grows as we climb the ladder of success. Feelings of self-importance and pride develop, thoughts of I am the most… (knowledgeable, experienced, smart, expert…). Cosmic intelligence and ego cannot reside in the same brain. If you think you are the most…., cosmic intelligence says: “In that case, you must have all the answers and information you need and you don’t need me.” Do you want to receive information and answers to your questions from cosmic intelligence? Make yourself small. Tell yourself you don’t know; that you are searching for information; that you are looking for an answer. The knowledge will come.
Crediting others — It is our nature to want others to value us for what we do and for our great ideas. But often, cosmic intelligence will communicate great ideas to us through other people. Don’t take the credit for yourself. Give credit and respect to others, to those who brought you the idea; otherwise you will not get other ideas, neither from those people, nor from others. Some 2,000 years ago, Jewish sages said: “One who says something in the name of its speaker brings redemption to the world.”
You don’t have to be the smartest, the one that knows the most. You just have to be able to spot a good idea when it turns up. You will certainly be successful at noticing it if you are in an open and listening mode, if you stay aware of what happens around you and within you and if you decrease your ego and give others the credit.