Most of the Real Estate, Facility Management and IT departments have a lot of focus and attention on creating alignment of the workplaces, ‘outer environment’, with the organisational strategy. But what about the ‘inner environment’ (body, mind, heart, spirit) of the people working in the built ‘outer environment’ (physical, digital, social)?
When you transform the workplace, you must also transform the workforce into the new normal. A fundamental condition for success is to have a human-centred approach to the workplace environment and the built environmental experience.
Change from the outside in but also from the inside out. Although signals from the outer workplace environment have an influence, it is people’s inner environment that accounts much more for their behaviour, health and well-being.
Freely translated from Dr Bruce Lipton, we are no victims of our genes nor of the outer environment. In the body the genes are the blueprint and consciousness is the architect. What we are thinking is what we are building. We are in control of the way we respond to the environment and how we perceive the environment. We can change our environment and/or our beliefs, perception and interpretation of it. In doing so we are not a victim but a master and in control.
We are the masters of the potent capacity and architect of our inner environment of hidden consciousness, super perception, neuroplasticity, bio plasticity and even genetic plasticity (The Biofield). Bridging your sensory and extra/extended sensory awareness. The relationship of all the pieces generates a synergetic effect in which the behaviour of the whole system is greater than and unpredictable from the sum of the parts. When the many separate scientific discoveries in these fields over the recent years are connected, the potential of the whole pushes the frontier of our understanding of being a human to the next level.
It creates a world-shifting view, away from victimhood towards inner mastery, sovereign and autonomous human beings that contribute to the whole. The new discoveries empower us to take back individual control (and the responsibility that goes with it) of our health and well-being, and replenish our life force and increase our resilience to the changes in our outer environment. Becoming part of the transformation you want to see around you. Changing the world means changing yourself primarily.
Health and well-being are about the quality of work-life balance, job satisfaction, work fulfilment, belonging, happiness and the experience of positive and negative emotions. A human-centred approach is in essence about the Environmental energy balancing of the INNER environment (mind, body, heart, spirit) of people with their working conditions in the OUTER environment (physical, digital, social).
“Real Estate is not only about square meters.
It’s also about behaviour, the Real State of people.
The environment ecosystem influences the ‘Real-isation’ of patterns and processes.” (René Stevens)
The design of the OUTER environment has an impact on human health and perception. Explore if the assumption that there is a correlation between time (fixed working day), location (fixed workplace) and output is valid. An evidence-based approach for systematically enhancing well-being and user experience is fundamental to designing and maintaining the OUTER environment. It happens that solutions for problems already exist but requires a change of behaviour or culture to come into effect. Let’s rediscover our connections with others and create better places and spaces to share with them.
Architect Buckminster Fuller pointed it already out how mankind is moving from the tangible world which can be evidenced by sight, sound, smell and touch, into the invisible world of energy, ions, electrical forces, etc., so much so that “99.9999% of what affects our reality will be undetectable by our senses.” We, humans, are metaphysical beings, meaning beyond the common physical realm. See also the post People are energy systems.
The purpose of business is not only for profit but also for creating shared value. By harmonizing the 5P-goals within the framework of the Strategy Tree, the needs of the organisation and the needs of their employees, students, and clients, added value is created for all parties involved.
“In the long run, all businesses and business leaders will be judged not by their profits or their products but by their impact on humanity.” (D.J. DePree, founder of Herman Miller)
Research has proven that not the objective environmental conditions, but the subjective interpretation of it, affects the well-being and behaviour of humans. The way human beings perceive and experience the environment therefore also influences their productivity (efficiency and effectiveness).
‘Soft’ employee engagement metrics are therefore in most cases even more important than ‘hard’ cost metrics. By combining quantitative and qualitative measures for productivity, overall harmony on all levels can be created from which your organisation can benefit a lot and be an example.
In measuring the performance of the workplace strategy, this formula of ‘inner environment’ of humans (The Inner Architecture of Mind, Body & Energy) is equally important and is the other side of the coin, which we mostly ignore in the technical field.
The environment influences how you think and feel. The human mind and body, inner environment, are not separate and distinct from their outer environment. The interaction and synergy between people and the physical, digital and social learn/work environment should be the focal point. Creating harmony by addressing both sides of the equation, the outer and the inner environment.
If we can’t visualize it, we can’t create it. Conversely, when we CAN visualize it, we CAN create it.
When understood, it can become much easier to have a clear vision of where we’re potentially headed in our technological, social and spiritual development. This is important, for when we can visualize it, we can create it. But remember just because we can’t think of something, or can’t prove it scientifically, doesn’t mean that it’s not there.
“I regard matter as derivative from consciousness. We cannot get behind consciousness. Everything that we talk about, everything that we regard as existing postulates consciousness.” (Max Planck, pioneer of quantum theory)
There is a deeper reality than the material one, that we usually perceive with our minds and five senses and that is consciousness. Essentially, everybody and everything is part of and full of consciousness. However, we have largely given up on the idea of higher consciousness in our modern worldview. In the last 100 years, modern mainstream science has come to a very mechanical take on reality. But what if mind, matter and space were full of consciousness?
Our brain is often thought of as some sort of a hard drive for the storage of information. One could also look at it differently and see the conscious sensory perception of our brain as a radio receiver and the extrasensory perception of our heart as the tuning dial. Using the intellect of the heart, e.g. intuition, and gut feeling, to dial into altered states of consciousness.
It’s time for the way we “do business” to change. Traditional organisational models and mainstream science is mostly about quantity. It has almost completely forgotten or suppressed the other side, which is related to quality and feelings. It seems as if only the quantitative side with its exact measurements of technical instruments is of importance. Although with a profound understanding of vibrations and harmonics, qualitative properties can also be described.
Both sides, quantitative and qualitative are required for a holistic and conscious business practice that benefits everyone, not just the bottom lines. Where people live happy, healthy, balanced lives, and are able to spend time with their family and friends, instead of feeling like all they do is work and struggle to pay their bills.
Where employees are respected, appreciated, and feel like they’re an integral part of the mission of the company they work for. Where companies are active members of the community and contribute in all aspects, so the company and the community members all benefit.
The awareness that human capital is of greater value for an organisation than the capital invested in its accommodation raises several questions.
- How to make the human ‘inner environment’ at least equally strong and valuable as the ‘outer environment’?
- How to create spirited work environments and spiritually strong organisations and employees?
- How to help people to uncover their hidden potential and to practice creativity within the organisation?
- How to encourage employees to develop an accurate and realistic sense of the impact that other people have on them and the impact that they have on others?
- How to encourage employees to use their unique skills within the organisation?
- How to boost trust and responsibility, and build teams that have more impact and decision-making power?
There is a great connection between the degree of participation and the degree of motivation. In other words, employees are more motivated if they’re given the opportunity to actually participate in, at least a part of, the decisions made by the team and organisation. It helps provide the team with the feeling that the goals are achievable. If people are allowed to participate in the decision-making process, they also ensure those decisions are carried out. Ideally, the management tries to describe, along with the team, “what” the results should be. The “how” should be left as much as possible to the team to decide. Joint project management and joint decision-making create conscious business change.
After about 35 years of research and experimentation in the field of Real Estate, we have developed formula-type problem-solving programs which can take Real Estate to a new height. The whole world is focusing on the development of the outer structure and the construction of the superficial image which is not going to last long.
“LIFE DESIGNS, from Real Estate to the Real State of Humans is the Real Deal”
In today’s business world, ‘Average’ is no longer good enough. What is average today will be below average tomorrow. What is superior today will be average tomorrow. The business world is in a continuous forward motion. If we stand still (with our existing superficial business formulas), we will be left behind.
Businesses are very powerful institutions. The way they function needs to change fundamentally if humanity and the planet are going to survive. How business changes will determine whether we continue our current patterns where a small number of people flourish while the majority struggle. Or we work together so everyone can thrive and the business community recognizes this as the next inevitable step. So far it seems like everyone is talking about transformation, but few are doing anything about it.
What kind of business transformation do we really want to see? Improving on the old broken business model or are we ready for a new radically different model that places people ahead of profit? Global sustainability ahead of consumerism and a purposeful mission shared by all stakeholders ahead of a singular vision everyone must follow.
From shareholder value (profit maximization – efficiency) via sustainable value for all stakeholders (effectiveness) which are both paradigms of doing less harm towards the next paradigms of social enterprise (business as a force for good – caring) and flourishing organisation, individuals, society and the biosphere (wholeness).
An organisation is not a machine but a living ecosystem, it is about change in movement. Business and money are one of the fastest catalysts and impactful tools for changing management approaches to sustainability for value and profit and elevating the consciousness of people. This will have an impact on how the business will operate and also have a ripple effect on making the world a better sustainable place. It’s time for a holistic approach, where business leaders do more than focus on making a profit.
Let’s take advantage of change. It’s the time when new business formulas need to be introduced. Besides the four major organisational resources – capital, people, technology and information, the 5th business resource real estate need to be re-invented, re-discovered and re-constructed in order to facilitate corporate spiritualism, a way of expressing more humanity and greater utilization of the human potential.
Accommodation is in most organisations the second largest annual cost. How to make better use of the undermanaged 5th business resource, accommodation, to achieve your mission? How to facilitate increased relevant Engagement of stakeholders? How to execute the strategy for achieving the vision and mission in a more Effective and Efficient way? How to find relevant Evidence for your organisation to be used as feedback and feedforward data for steering and anticipating?
“People are no resources, they are change-makers.” (Richard Branson)
“Spirituality in the workplace is about individuals and organisations seeing work as a spiritual path, as an opportunity to grow and to contribute to society in a meaningful way. It is about care, compassion and support of others; about integrity and people being true to themselves and others. It means individuals and organisations attempt to live their values more fully in the work they do. Spirit at work enhances the overall value of the organisation.” (International Center for Spirit at Work [ICSW])
The business world is focusing on growing more and more profits but has completely lost the essence and the spirit behind the whole concept. Profits can be generated only by people. When we focus on healthy growing people, profits will grow automatically. The McKinsey Health Institute talks about four dimensions of health: physical, social, mental and spiritual. We call this the Inner Environment.
Organisations and people working in an environment where the business is on good terms with emotion, will both grow and prosper. There will be a lively link between soul and business. Both poles have to be there. Not only excel in professionalism but also in passion. It is not just about the ratio, but also about the emotion.
Human beings are reactive and responsive living organisms that are in a dynamic relationship with the environment. The multi-faceted environment influences how you think and feel by entrainment. The human mind, emotions, body and spirituality, the Inner Environment, are not separate and distinct from their Outer Environment. Change in one area will cause ripples of change elsewhere, often in unexpected ways.
Our brain is a polarized organ, consisting of left and right hemispheres. Therefore our thinking works in logic loops. The heart on the other hand is not polarized. A shift in awareness from the brain into the heart will give us better access to our intuition. To transcend this polarized dynamic and come into a unified view wherein our heart’s innate sense of connectedness is met by our mind’s ability to rationally understand the truth of this connectedness at a scientific level.
The human capacity to tune heart-brain coherence relieves stress in the body. For regeneration, health and well-being, the inner and external focus should be in harmony because in the end… it’s all about people! Our body is an open energy system continuously exchanging subtle energy with the environment.
Most current chronic diseases are stress-related. The root cause is most often to be found in the outer environment and not in the inner environment of the body. More effective treatments and interventions should be developed that not only manage symptoms but also target the underlying causes and promote overall well-being.
Negative thoughts and beliefs of people about disharmony and unbalances in the inner and outer environment and how they are interpreted can create stress for humans. Stress is an organism’s total response to environmental demands or pressures. Stress shuts down growth and maintenance, the immune system and intelligence by responding without thinking. Stress is one of the root causes of disease. A disharmonious design of the outer environment creates stress. There are several forms of environmental stressors and some of them are 24/7 around us. The added word “pathic” in the 5 forms is derived from the Greek word “pathos” meaning ‘disease’ or ‘suffering.
- Geopathic Stress: A generic term for natural geophysical anomalies, the seen and unseen energy patterns on earth, that in most cases are detrimental. Like over-ground ley energy line crossings, global geomagnetic grid crossings, underground water streams, geological fault lines, underground caverns, radon gas, and certain mineral deposits (notably coal, oil, and iron) that distort the natural Earth’s Schumann frequency of 7.83 Hz by the interference of weak electromagnetic fields. This causes the human body to vibrate at much higher frequencies than normal and can affect the immune system. The beneficial zones are usually called Power spots or Sacred spots.
- Archipathic Stress: Man-made disturbances to the earth’s surface can give rise to further distortions. Like mining and the built environment by the disharmonious use of forms, shapes, proportions and/or the building material properties including their finishing.
- Technopathic Stress: Manmade chemical pollution and electromagnetic radiation (EMR) interfering with humans’ natural (electromagnetic) system causing a negative impact on health. EMR causes heat and dehydrates life forms. EMR disturbs the life force and reduces the immunity of all living organisms.
- Sociopathic Stress: Detrimental energies generated by us humans through thoughts and emotions. Not only affecting oneself but others as well. It is believed that emotions are stored in matter (materials and water), and radiate over time affecting life forms.
- Spiritpathic Stress: Metaphysical psycho-spiritual and paranormal/occult stressors like dislocated nature spirits (elementals) and disturbed landscape entities, poltergeist phenomena, attachments, ghosts and lost souls, psychic attacks and cords. Called by some WSFM (Weird Science and Freaking Magic).
These stressors do not make you sick per se in the short term and in low doses but put your biosystem and especially the immune system out of balance in long exposure times. It drains life energy. Being for a longer time in an Outer Environment with one or more stressors does not give the body an opportunity to restore balance in the Inner Environment and causes chronic diseases depending on individual stress thresholds.
It turns out that 90% of illness is directly connected to stress. Stress is the primary cause of the increasing number of chronic diseases. Rehabilitation of existing spaces is a good way to provide harmonious support from the environment to the recalibration of people under stress. Because the Inner Environment of humans and their Outer Environment (natural and man-made) are one unified and inseparable ecosystem.
Being, Feeling, Thinking and Doing are the 4 variables of perception. Together they form the ‘eye of the beholder’ and give the unique individual experience of the Outer environment (natural and man-made).
Our goal is to strive to take part in new business strategies which is constructive and creative for everyone involved, in order to make this ‘Business World’, a ‘Better World’ to work in. So that, we may dream of leaving behind a ‘Healthy Business World’ for those who follow.
As an organisation, dare to think big, but start small and expand incrementally. Without experimentation, innovation is impossible. Experiment and gradually find out which form and speed of implementation suit the organisation best. Have faith in the process. Like anything new, it takes a bit of trial and error before you get it right, but the payoff is worth it.
If you have a common goal, please feel free to contact us. We would be privileged to develop a tailor-made program for your organisation.