Humanity Pty Ltd and Organisational Change

I spend a lot of time working in organisations – from small, to very large – whose focus is on organisational change, on change management programs, team development and the like.

One of the things that fascinates me is the interplay between the people with a clear sense of the change in organisations that is required in the organisation, and the responses and reactions to that change.

Some get on board quickly and ‘sign up’, so to speak; some get on board and then drop off; some only become interested in organisational change when enough other people are involved; some fight tooth and nail for what they feel they will lose; some try to ignore the need for change altogether (comfortable that ‘they are doing okay’ and/or ‘it doesn’t apply to them’).

Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute. It’s interesting to observe that those who have no interest in any discomfort can cause extreme discomfort in others, all so they can avoid looking at their own way of working, while others see the discomfort as a growth opportunity and find a way to develop from the process.

Of course, there are also the cynics who – after seeing so many failed changes in organisations, or changes that move from one way of working back to another – are soundly (and at times rightly), sceptical of anything new.

When you look at the literature about organisational change, peoples’ varied responses seem to apply regardless of whether you are dealing with a multi-national or small organisation. It was this fact that led me to the possibility that humanity could be the biggest ‘organisation’ on earth.

If you look at humanity as an organisation, it is possible to see all of these same responses and reactions to change in organisations at play.

 Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.

The only way we stay viable is by adapting as the external circumstances shift and move – whilst still staying true to what is central and core (organisations would call these values).

Like an organisation, some divisions can form, and different departments can start to think they are more important than the next. Like organisations, humanity sometimes requires a visionary – able to offer an alternative to how life might be.

And like organisations, for every visionary there are those that defend, reject, ignore, challenge, blindly follow, wait for others to join, or just watch cynically from the sidelines hoping for it to pass.

It is fair to say that Serge Benhayon is one such visionary: someone bold enough to present an alternative to the way life is at the moment. However, from the view of someone who has tested the practicality of that vision, it is so very, very normal.

The biggest difference I find with the presentation of ‘The Way of the Livingness’, is that while it presents a possible future for humanity, what is presented is done so in very real and practical terms.

It also doesn’t ask me to ‘believe’ or ‘have faith’ in anything other than the evidence provided by my choices in life.

In that way, ‘The Way of the Livingness’ is not a faith in what might be, but very practical and simple ‘potential’ for how our lives can be right now.

… A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives. A life that, through self-responsibility, builds a level of vitality that can be of true value to society; a life that understands true change begins with self; a life that reflects true organisational change, and true working together for all…

Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.

By Joel Levin

393 thoughts on “Humanity Pty Ltd and Organisational Change

  1. “Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.” And it is as one organisation. I am a part of the marketing department, and many more roles I absolutely love and blessed to be in. My boss is God and I work for the most amazing people – You.

    1. ‘My boss is God.’ Rik I love this. It completely changes everything about how I am at work, at home, and with everyone including myself.

  2. If we miss the learning with ourselves, with our close family, it is impossible to live this learning with others. No one can change the world without first facing and changing the way they live with themselves.

  3. If we were to truly work together we would have the most amazing workplaces in the world because when we work together in a collaborative way magic happens.

    1. We don’t need to wait for anything to be a certain way as when you ‘see’ what is needed then the responsible approach is to lead or bring this part. It’s not for us to follow or conform but more see and feel what it is we truly wish to choose and then lead from there.

  4. “Like an organisation, the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together.” There really is a lot we can learn from this one small statement – that when we do not work together, there is separatism, individualism and so much more, but when we do work together, like when there is a natural disaster, people come together, they support one another, humanity comes together, but why does it usually take a natural disaster for that to occur?

  5. After reading this and reflecting on the organisations I know I cannot name one that understands self-responsibility as the key to evolutionary change. The charities and structures I know to support various groups are straight in there helping people but without considering self-responsibility. Indeed, helping others can be an effective distraction especially as one can say one is making an invaluable contribution. But if this doesn’t come with self- awareness and responsibility what is driving that support and how supportive is it really? Is it supporting people to stay stuck but just a little bit better off?

  6. I’ve worked in a few organisations now and what I have observed is a common trend: each one espouses great aims and goals and ‘mission statements’ but matches this with just enough effort to get by. They delivered the absolute minimum thing they can to maximise ‘bang for buck’ but leave people so short changed, when it comes to offering a service with Love. Your words here Joel lead me to reflect how I do this too and settle for the bare minimum in my life. Especially in my movements I can see, I accept brisk and functional when there can be a richness and a sacredness to me. We dream of being millionaires but really this is nothing compared to the joy we can feel inside of us.

  7. Thought provoking sharing Joel. I agree the “Like an organisation the only way we, as humanity truly develop, is by working together”.

  8. I agree and ‘we’ as an organisation are defined by the sum total of how all the parts move within that framework. As is discussed some push against, some turn off, others follow, some lead and some accept, none are better or worse but more we all affect the end product or the end direction or quality of the organisation and it is only when we collectively all pull together that things change. This could mean a tipping point is activated where, not that majority rules, but where there are enough people within pulling in the same direction or adhering to the call of a quality of movement and in this we are all pulled to that same quality. This still allows for all the choices while at the same time bringing any tension with those choices clearer and clearer. It’s great to see ourselves as a whole or as a ‘team’ in a different way like this it supports me to bring more understanding to what I am already seeing.

  9. When we do not look at how we impact others then we can do the most horrendous things and resist and hold back a group, team, workplace or family from evolving. What I see at work is it comes down to hurts and protecting those hurts at all costs by using control.

  10. “the only way we, as humanity, truly develop, is by working together” The Way of The Livingness calls us all to work in harmony with each other with no comparison, competition, jealousy or judgement.

    1. Very true and it is so gorgeous, joyful and productive to work together in harmony makes it even more crazy that we would work any other way.

  11. When there is dramas conflicts and tensions there are issues that we can identify with. When self is the governing focus and security is the thing we seek then works in any organisation will never unite as these conflicts are needed to bring the identification so sought. We need to start seeing life on a bigger scale and the true purpose of what we are all here to bring.

  12. You write “Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.” That makes complete sense as at essence we are all the same – perhaps that relates to the saying do onto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  13. This line stood out to me today – “Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute.” Our unwillingness to be with discomfort is what makes us look for all sorts of distractions, which affect our health and well being.

  14. For this is what it is all about, “Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.” This “start” is a forever start and there is no end, break, rest or dip it is more an unfolding that expands. There is always more for us to understand in what we see and with this self-responsible approach things become clearer and clearer which then allows us all to see the same way if we choose.

  15. I love this blog Joel and so appropriate to my organisational work place – a hospital. We do need to work together and for the same purpose to help our patients in other words, humanity. I love this statement “The only way we stay viable is by adapting as the external circumstances shift and move – whilst still staying true to what is central and core (organisations would call these values)’ – this is so true.

  16. This blog has come at the most appropriate time and this particular statements says it all for me.

    “Regardless of the starting positions, a person’s level of willingness to sit with discomfort appears to be the critical attribute……………….. others see the discomfort as a growth opportunity and find a way to develop from the process.’ What a gift I have been offered..

  17. Well said Joel: ”Starting with self-responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, and what supports us in truth. It also brings awareness and consideration for how we impact others.”
    It is all by starting with us — and connect ourselves to our Whole (humanity and universe).

  18. ‘A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives’. Too many of us want to change the world without changing ourselves first. As we pay more regard to ourselves and become more responsible on a personal level, we find more responsibility being offered us in the world. We can choose to take it or not but it seems a natural way to go, for as our love quotient rises, so does our connection with others and our sense of family and community also becomes more actively embracing.

  19. Yes we will never change the world by changing others, we have to each change ourselves and in that way the world will automatically change. What change do we need to make? Well to keep it very simple if we each started to live from our hearts instead of our heads, realising that we are all one and that only collaboration will work, and that competition has been tried for millennia and it has never worked and never will. The world will start to change.

  20. It is fair to say the the majority of humanity do not want to take any or not much self responsibility for what is going on for them and what they may be contributing to in life. I can put up my hand and claim the fact that I have very much been a part of this but realise that unless I do my part everyone is held back in someone from my lack of responsibility.

  21. Self-responsibility is humbling and empowering, enriching and enlightening, but has one very important catch – it leaves you in no unmistable doubt that it’s our spirit who tries to run the show that causes the havoc. Everything we fight and abhor ends up pointing back to our own door. In this company you outline Joel it’s like all the money is being burnt by the management team. It’s time for an internal audit I think.

  22. There are no complex solutions for the current world problems. It is very simple which is hard to accept as we lost ourselves to make things complex in the mind. In truth it is all about The Way of The Livingness. The way we bring back a different quality in the way we make all our movements. The question is there to ask in each moment, does divine has an entrance through my body by the way I move ( talking, eating, walking, sleeping etc)? Is it from that quality, that loving that divine has its gateway through our vehicle to bring the love back on earth? Are we willing to take that job?

  23. ‘A life that is more interested in self-responsibility than it is about a grand vision for the future by making a difference in other peoples’ lives’ This is an interesting statement for most of us have probably been brought up to aspire to making life better for others before we take responsibility for ourselves, before we get to truly know ourselves underneath all that we have taken on from our family influences and our education. It seems that a good deal of our life now is about pealing back the layers that we have accumulated and loving ourselves enough to be able to connect to the truth of any situation and live that truth.

  24. Self responsibility allows us to understand what affects us, that is so true and something that I had not consciously considered until just now, that the more responsible I am, the more I can see the impact of how I am with me, with others and in life … the more I’m willing to see the more I can see.

  25. ‘A life that, through self-responsibility, builds a level of vitality that can be of true value to society; a life that understands true change begins with self; a life that reflects true organisational change, and true working together for all…’ Joel, I have been inspired by Universal Medicine to work in this way; to work with the purpose to support people and not work just for me and my needs and so I choose to live in a way that is supportive for myself and others; I go to bed early, eat nurturing foods and don’t indulge in drama and emotions, this means that I am steady and more often than not joyful at work.

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