Focus - Do We Understand Each Other?
Heartfulness eMagazine|January 2020
Listening is about being present, not just about being quiet.
Krista Tippett

DAAJI introduces DR. ICHAK ADIZES to the audience at the international Heartfulness Center at Kanha Shanti Vanam: “It’s such a pleasure this morning to have Dr. Adizes amongst us. I would call him a guru of management. He has many tricks, which are not spoken, not written, but which he delivers based on his personal experience and personal intuition. However complex any protocol maybe, he will dissect it and simplify it for any organization – a university, an industry, a government, a spiritual institution, or a family. His principles are mind-blowing. His Adizes Methodology is very worthwhile if you are in the field of management if you’re a game-changer.

“So we’ll have a taste today. I always want to listen to him because he has very refined ideas when he speaks. If you watch his words, his style, and his attitude, you will learn a lot. Welcome, Dr. Adizes.”.

Namaste and greetings to you all. Thank you for giving me this opportunity to share with you some experiences, thoughts, and insights that I’ve been developing over 50 years of working with companies, prime ministers, and generally with people.

What is it all about? It’s about change. This is nothing new. Change has been going on forever, from the Big Bang (maybe even before that) and it will go on forever. So what?

Whenever there is a change there are problems. Why problems? Because, what is change? Something new. And then when you’re confronted with something new, you have to decide what to do about it. It’s like coming to an intersection in a foreign country – something new – and now you have to decide, “Do I go left? Do I go right? Do I go back? What do I do?”

Some people cannot make a decision. They say, “I don’t know what to do.” Uncertainty. “I don’t have enough information. I’m not going to decide.” But you just decided. What did you decide? To stay where you are. And maybe that’s the worst decision you can take. Why? Because even if you are on the right road, even if you’re comfortable, “Everything is good, I’m on the right road,” if you don’t move, a truck may come from behind and run you over. Why?

You’re not changing. You say, “I’m fine, I’m not going to decide. I’m not going to go left, I’m not going to go right, I’m going to stay where I am.”

But the world is continuously changing. The world is not stopping. The world is not saying, “Since you’re not changing, nobody will change. We’ll all wait until you change.” That’s not going to happen.

We need to change because there is a change. But there is a problem now. Something new is happening that did not happen in the past: Change is accelerating; the world is going faster and faster and faster. With new technologies, there are tremendous changes: in medicine, in technology, social changes, political changes.

As change is accelerating, what is accelerating? Problems! If our grandparents were poor but relatively happy, we in the modern world have a better standard of living but a lower quality of life. Why? Too many problems, too much stress, too many decisions to make, and people are falling apart. It’s called stress.

The biggest disease in the modern world is depression. Too many people don’t know what to do. The world is changing too fast and they don’t know what to do. So I asked myself the questions: What to do? How do you handle change?

Well, you need to do two things. First, you have to decide what to do. You have to decide, but decisions are not enough. Many of us decide. Many of us, especially me, decide to go on a diet; so I decided to go on a diet. Or I decided to go for meditation. The decision is not enough; you have to implement the decision. And success is not really in the decision. Success is in the implementation. Do you implement your decisions?

But now there is a difficulty. What is that difficulty? In life, making a good decision, especially in change, and always making the right decision, does not happen. Will you never make a mistake? Good luck. If you know the Old Testament, even God makes mistakes. He was very upset with the world because people were not righteous. So He brought the flood; for 40 days it was raining. God killed everybody to teach us a lesson to be righteous. And then God said, “I made a mistake. I cannot make people righteous.” Do you hear? God admits he is helpless with us; the God that created everything. The most powerful thing is helpless with people, and cannot make us righteous.

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