For the most part people are addicted to issues, interests, and especially the physical substance of what’s going on. For example, in my son’s sports team, the parents and the Board of Directors spent inordinate amounts of time concerned with superficial logistical issues such as how event name tags should look. Meanwhile, countless deep concerns about the quality of training, conflicts between the Board and the training staff, parental relations, and dysfunctional relationships within the Board were ignored as if they didn’t exist. When attention was called to such issues, Board members’ eyes glazed over and they immediately went back to content.
This content addiction usually prevails in corporations, communities, and government operations — underlying problems about communication, conflict, and what’s best for the client/customer are largely ignored. Such content addiction is very much like moving deck chairs around on the Titanic, thinking the issues that lay beneath can be resolved in the course of life itself. The iceberg always wins.
Getting to “what lies beneath” at the bottom of the iceberg always depends on the degree to which leaders are conscious of how they are using their energy. Failure to pay attention to this prevents self-consciousness, other-consciousness, and consciousness of the environment in which they are operating. Without attention to and responsibility for continuous energy and consciousness expansion, the past will repeat itself, like it or not.
1 Frank White, The Overview Effect, 2014.
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