I’ve been giving a good deal of thought about corporate development of late and it occurred to me that one of the most important opportunities if not obligations of any company is in relation to the growth and development of its people. My belief is that at the end of the day those who work for you should be better people as a result of their association with you, the sole exception being when they refuse to accept and act on the opportunities given to them.
A socially-conscious company cares deeply about its people. Managers in such organizations might occasionally spend more time developing their people than they do overseeing tasks and process flows. Moreover, people are not seen as commodities that are bought and sold for a price, but a portal to the infinite.
Every person on earth contains in himself a prism which refracts the spirit of life into a unique pattern of visible expression. Most come to you with their prisms coated by layer upon layer of paint – false identities which occlude rather than magnify the inner light. Your job is to help those you serve to slowly apply paint thinner to remove these layers, one by one, so that they are relieved of the exhausting and frustrating attempt to be something they are not and so that they can relax into being who they really are. It is then and only then that the full potential of creativity and productivity can begin to be actualized.
Your radiant influence and consistent example will slowly but surely influence those around you. There may be those who refuse to grow and develop and they will typically blame you or some unfortunate element of circumstance for their failure, but at the end of the day it is up to each one to decide for himself whether his inner light is liberated or kept in prison. You need not judge in either case.
Once refracted, that glorious, infinite light manifests as creative expression which proceeds from glory unto glory. There’s no mistaking it for the vapid life expression so common on earth.
The wonderful news is that everyone – even poor old you! – has this prism within. You may need to release a lot before the lot shines through, but if you stick with it, you’ll be in awe when it finally does.