The Spiritual Board of Advisors of your company – The Sanctuary
How to bring purpose, meaning and long lasting joy into the core of your management
The world as you see it, as you know it, is changing so fast that I believe only those who will create space for ancient & higher-wisdom (spirituality) to infuse into their life and organization will adapt, survive and thrive. There are countless examples in history of very advance civilizations who collapsed and disappeared blinded by their technological and superiority Ego.
That superiority was technological, agricultural, architectural, scientific, but the collapse was always for the same reason: A disconnection from ancestral wisdom, from the ultimate final power of decision of the environment. As we disconnect from Truth (the one with a big T), we fall into the paradigm of our Ego truth, limited in time and possibilities.
So history, and common sense, tells us to always stay connected to that ancient & higher/infinite wisdom. It’s not only important we do this at the level of our planet, country, city, community and corporation but also at the individual level where it all starts and ends.
I was inspired to write this article after being asked by a very large healthcare provider in the US to advise the CEO on creating and being part of a spiritual board of advisors.
But first let me step back for a minute to put things into context.
During the last 20 years, I have occupied many roles as manager, executive and CEO at various companies (Colgate, Nestle, Louis Vuitton, Lalique). I have also created and run my own businesses, the largest being Totsy.com which I co-founded in 2003 and for which I raised over $45M and grew to over 150 employees.
Like many CEOs and entrepreneurs, I have had to work with a board of directors and investors. Those members of the team brought strong value in terms of financial, marketing and strategic support. Yet when it came to purpose and meaning, very often I felt “alone” in this process, and confronted with my own desires that did not always match the vision and values of my board and investors.
Also what I think has become another pressing issue is that the new generations X, Y and now Z, are asking their management to truly embody the values they are aspiring to express or already living as individuals. Those XYZ do not want anymore just the “marketed” make-up of coolness, the nice sleek designed offices, or the free-open cafeteria/kitchen/playrooms. They want to feel part of a family. A tribe that reflect who they are and who they aspire to be.