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ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership
by Lance H.K. Secretan
Buy NowONE is about the journey we have traveled from oneness to separateness. It is the journey from a conscious awareness that we are all part of one story, one planet, and one cosmic system, to our current belief that everything and all of us are separate. Now, more than any other time in our history, we are in need of inspired leadership. This new vision of life and leadership can be ours when we return to oneness.
In Part 1, “Myth, Mystery and Magic”, Dr. Lance Secretan presents an incisive history of our journey, describing how we came to think in compartmentalized ways—and how we can think again as one, and find a new meaning in work and leadership. Secretan describes the reality of oneness by pointing out whenever we suffer pain or sadness it is because we have separated from what or whom we love. All our human trials can be explained and resolved through this awareness.
Secretan uses many inspiring examples to advance his theory that there are never actions without consequences, because we are one. If I throw my pop can out of my car window, I may think that this is no longer part of my world because I have moved on—but I would be wrong. If millions of others do the same, rivers will become polluted and my drinking water will be at risk. If we bull-doze suppliers to provide more services and higher quality at lower prices and, by doing so, eventually drive them out of business, we will both lose because suppliers and customers are one. However, realizing that we must think, feel and act with oneness is the easy part.
Part 2, “The CASTLE® Principles,” explains how to accomplish living in oneness. CASTLE is an acronym formed of the first letters of six concepts—Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love and Effectiveness—The CASTLE® Principles. Like all fundamental concepts, these are simple ideas—well known to us all. The new part is living them more than talking about them.
When fully lived, these principles are profoundly transformative and inspiring. There is nothing new to learn here—no great theory, breakthrough or equation. The CASTLE® Principles are concepts that, at some stage in our lives, have been fully lived at least once. But, for many, they have been lost, and now we yearn to reclaim them. It is through living the CASTLE® Principles that we inspire others and therefore make the world more inspiring and whole—the return to oneness for which we all yearn. This is how greatness is achieved.
The book, together with resources found on this website, offers a comprehensive system for raising the level of inspiration in any organization.
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Quotes from ONE
Whenever we experience pain or sadness, it is because we have become separated from what, or whom, we love. And whenever we are inspired and joyful, it is because we are one with what, or whom, we love. All human challenges and successes can be explained through this awareness.
As leaders, we become whole when we see that our focused, singular commitment to making the numbers and the metrics cannot be effective on its own, but only when it is part of the whole picture—only when we see that it takes more than metrics to make up the whole.
At some stage in our lives—even if only on our deathbeds—most of us will come to realize that there is more to life than breaking down our activities into the separateness of numbers that must be met each quarter. Somewhere, most of us believe, at an inner level of knowing, there is something bigger, some myth, mystery, or magic that connects us to a larger whole—oneness.
Science sometimes falls short when trying to fathom the depths of our essence – and our inspiration comes from that essence.
The conscious leader practices the CASTLE Principles. CASTLE is an acronym for six attributes that help us to reach ONEness in our lives: Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love, and Effectiveness. Like all fundamental, life-changing concepts, these are simple ideas—well known to us all, yet easier to talk about than to live. The successful application of the CASTLE Principles has led to exceptional personal growth and organizational performance for thousands internationally.
COURAGE is: Being brave enough to reach beyond the boundaries created by our existing, often deeply held, limitations, fears, and beliefs. Initiating change in our lives, of any kind, is only possible when we are courageous enough to take the necessary action.
AUTHENTICITY is: Committing oneself to showing up and being fully present in all aspects of life. Removing the mask and becoming a real, vulnerable, and intimate human being, a person without self-absorption who is genuine and emotionally and spiritually connected to others.
SERVICE is: Focusing on the needs of others by listening to them, identifying their needs, and meeting them. Being inspiring, rather than following a self-focused, competitive, fear-based approach.
TRUTHFULNESS is: Being truthful in all thoughts, words, and actions and listening openly to the truth of others and refusing to compromise integrity or to deny obvious or universal truths, even when avoiding the truth might, on the face of it, seem easier, especially in testing times.
LOVE is: Embracing the underlying oneness with others and life. Relating to and inspiring others and touching their hearts in ways that add to who you both are as persons.
EFFECTIVENESS is: Being capable of, and successful in, achieving the physical, material, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual goals we set in life.