By Robert Bluett, Founder and Executive Coach
The mind is central to any organisation. An organisation functions owing to the different minds in the organisation interlinking to form a collective organisational mind. You can have all the components of a functional operation in place such as procedures, systems, training etc, but unless these are linked with the individual minds of all the people involved, and effectively integrated, you won’t have an optimally functioning company.
Beliefs influence everything we think and do. We are motivated by our beliefs which we consider to be facts. We work from the assumption that what we believe is true, and that in turn, influences the views that we have of ourselves, others and the world at large. Many of our beliefs are true and serve us well, but we need to be aware of which beliefs serve, and which do not.
Our beliefs are formed in early childhood and they are shaped by the people around us, be they parents, teachers, or influential family members and friends. Our educational institutions play a major role in shaping our beliefs and as we become more mature, the media seems to complete the job. How often do we not hear people say: “The Newspapers say . . .”
Our beliefs often give us a sense of security so we’re quite careful about keeping them intact even though they may not be founded in fact. Nobody likes to have their beliefs questioned. This makes us uncomfortable and even reactive.
Our beliefs are the basis from which we make judgements.
But most importantly, beliefs influence what we consider to be possible and achievable. If you want to break people, stunt their creative thinking ability and remove their belief in what is possible.
Beliefs are the lenses through which we filter reality, and in the process, beliefs can be empowering or limiting in nature. Limiting beliefs hold us back from fulfilling our true potential and as true as this is of the individual so too is it true of the family unit or corporate team.
Assertive Communication Workshops are not only essential in so many business settings, but are important in everyday life when one negotiates a special order, or when one has to make a decision and get others to assist in a successful outcome or when a friend has a very different opinion with regard to how to organise a surprise party or finally how to pitch an idea that you have had to your friends as to how best spend the weekend “get-away”. All these skills can be applied at a professional level or informally in personal interactions. They are Life Skills at their best. You can find out more about the workshops here.