In many of the ancient traditions are powerful lessons . These lessons do not require a reading of the text from a religious perspective. I find that if I simply let the music of the words reach me, there is great wisdom.
I have been working with clients on developing a culture of accountability. A place where each person feels a personal commitment to the vision,purpose and goals of the organization. Creating an environment where everyone accepts ownership for their decisions and act with integrity in all relationships both internal and external.
Creating this environment often requires a new way to consider leadership and power. As I was writing some materials on this subject, I was reminded of something that is ascribed to the Buddha. His words are translated as:
Do not believe in anything simply because you have heard it.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is spoken and rumored by many.
Do not believe in anything simply because it is found written in your religious books.
Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.
Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.
But after observation and analysis, when you find that anything agrees with reason
and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.
This simple, yet profound advise captures the challenge that everyone in an organization faces in accepting true accountability. It reminds us to decide for ourselves what is right. This kind of consensual accountability creates organizations where we challenge each other not to create tension but to create clarity and alignment. It contradicts an old notion of blind follower-ship.
Are you ready to decide for yourself what is right? It requires courage and determination. The rewards lead to peacefulness and living and leading with purpose.