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Excerpted from The Corporate Mystic by By Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. and Kate Ludeman, Ph.D.. Copyright 1997 by Gay Hendricks, Ph.D. and Kate Ludeman, Ph.D.. Excerpted by permission of Bantam Books, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.  HTML and web pages copyright by SpiritSite.com.

"Mystics take care to appreciate both the message and the messenger. They thank and often reward the person who says 'You've broken an agreement' or 'This isn't fair.'"

Hendricks and Ludeman, The Corporate Mystic, Part 2

A typical situation is that one person in a room of twenty will be the only one operating in the visionary role at the beginning of the workshop. Usually this is the CEO or highest officer; frequently it is the person who arranged for the training to take place. After three days of work, though, the picture is very different. All twenty are now taking responsibility for being the source of vision for the company. The energy in the room is humming with shared excitement. Everyone is on the same frequency because everyone is a source.

Source is where the creativity comes from. It is also where the profits and the fun come from. People who connect with source get to inspire creativity, profits, and fun. Everybody else gets to sit on the bench and grouse. In this part we will explore how to go about becoming the source of integrity, vision, and intuition in your organization.

The surest mark of mystics at work is how they handle integrity lapses. Remember, mystics are not immune to integrity breaches, but they are quicker to fix them than the average person.

Part of the mind-set of the mystic is to greet feedback gracefully. Mystics take care to appreciate both the message and the messenger. They thank and often reward the person who says "You've broken an agreement" or "This isn't fair." Most people do not get this kind of direct feedback because the messenger is afraid to give it. Mystics typically place a higher value on truth than they do on their own comfort.

They are quick to acknowledge lapses they have perpetrated. They can say things like "I realize that I broke our agreement" and "I was not telling you the truth when I said...." Although they may make far fewer mistakes than the average person, they are quick to say "I made a mistake here" or "Looks like I was dead wrong on that issue." People with low self-esteem cannot admit mistakes or cop to a broken agreement: Being right is all they've got. Corporate Mystics will tell you they made a mistake as quickly as they'll tell you the time of day.

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