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Are Your Employees Unconscious?

Posted on April 3, 2013 at 1:12pm by Brendon Carroll
Freud compared the brain to an iceberg

Freud compared the brain to an iceberg


The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.”

– Brian Tracy


“You have the power to change your mind any any given moment.”

– Dr. Joe Dispenza


You’ve got responsibilities and a company to run. Your success is contingent upon the team’s collective performance.  This is where employees, managers, and leadership as a whole must explore inward and be aware of the conscious leader that lies within. Outside of work we can all choose to be with people who inspire creativity and imagination and steer clear of those who bring their drama to our lives through unconscious behavior.  There are emerging processes that could assist you with uncovering the risky “unconscious” employee, before they embed themselves in your organization. Conscious Leadership may be a new term, but it is actually an ancient concept— one you’re probably familiar with.


We have all had that co-worker or manager… all it takes is one employee, the one who brings their emotional baggage to work. Something in their past experiences has effected them deeply, and they are probably “unconscious” or even unaware it exists in their subconscious or their counter productive agenda.  They slowly reap havoc on not only their peers and management, but on the organization as a whole- it’s a slow poison that seeps slowly and eventually it is paralyzing.  They are angry and completely disconnected from any sense of team. Then the masterful manipulation and victimizing begins.  It starts with complaining and trying to lead their peers into negative discussions.  They will tell you what you want to hear, but tirelessly react in unhealthy ways to most situations.  They will talk negatively about you, and the company when your back is turned.  Next they are in HR crying and you begin to feel like you are walking on eggshells and it is a very slippery slope.  You spend hours consoling this employee and doing your own investigative work, providing contingency plans- or refereeing and it is exhausting.


Let’s break it down for those of you who may not be aware of this next crucial step in change leadership. Becoming a conscious leader is not about adding to your body of knowledge.  It’s not about doing another MBA.  Yes, it’s about doing business differently and adopting conscious business practices: a higher purpose than profit alone, and benefiting all stakeholders.  This is a lot – but not enough


Conscious leadership requires a shift in your being. It’s about you stepping outside of your habitual way of being and observing.  It’s about you being a source of transformation for your business.  It’s about getting yourself, your teams and your organization from the status quo of being in reaction to circumstances, to being in creation of the outcomes you all want.  It’s about inspiring and moving people (and helping them to move others) from being stuck by the human condition to being a hub for flow.


It may be way beyond or outside of some people’s thought process to put their heads around this concept of “human conditioning” or what Don Miguel Ruiz, Author of The Four Agreements refers to as “Domestication”.  Keep reading though, because what you learn could completely transform your organization.  We all know the ‘symptoms of separation’ typical of company culture that get in the way of doing business at our best.  Playing safe, playing small, being right and attached to ‘the way that it is’, looking good, trying to control outcomes, being a victim and not taking responsibility for the situation or the reality that we have created, justifying and defending our positions, withholding our contributions and making up stories about the facts. Interestingly, I worked with a “Renowned International Healer” and his entire organization was crippled by fear.  The fear-based disconnect was rooted at the highest levels of management and poured downward.  It eventually stopped progress and growth of the company dead in its tracks and they will probably never fully recover.


These symptoms are the habits and patterns of unconscious human nature that cause stagnation in organizations and stop the flow of ideas, productivity, innovation, creation, growth and profit.


A conscious leader cuts through all this unconsciousness.  A conscious leader knows the limitations of human nature and can step outside of this.  A conscious leader knows how to shape reality in his or her organization and stands in creation not reaction.  A conscious leader extends effortlessly and relates to others consciously and directly, and brings about greater consciousness in people, for the sake of them, the business, the brand and the whole.


Sigmund Freud compared the brain to an iceberg, because we see only a fraction of reality and have no idea what information is stored beneath. Consciousness includes every choice that we make with intention or intent.  Unconsciousness includes all the things that we do without thinking, like breathing, talking and walking. When we learn a new skill like a computer program, driving a car or learning how to swim, these skills require conscious, dedicated attention.  Once we practice and learn how to perform these skills we perform them unconsciously- it’s second nature.  We must allow ourselves the freedom to experience, explore, be curious and remain playful.  New York Times best selling author, Author, Deepak Chopra has continually reminded us that the key to life is to “remain child-like”, because play keeps us functioning in the absolute present moment. It’s a practical way of remaining in the here and now. We must also be able to fall down, ask for help or even fail without shame or criticism.  If others who negatively influence the learning environment intercept this process of self-discovery, the cooperative unconscious mind holds on to the negativity and manifests it outward in disruptive ways.  This causes a widespread negative impact on our personal and professional environments.   The unconscious mind sees everything with no bias and supplies a rich environment to nurture and grow what it receives- both positive and negative.


For example, a child is taking swimming lessons and the instructor is critical and impatient and yells. “You will never learn how to swim. You’re lazy, uncoordinated and clumsy!” Moving forward from that point, the critical instructor repeats the prophecy of failure and the child stops attending swimming lessons.  When that child grows up they may never understand why they have never learned to swim and why they identify themselves as lazy and uncoordinated. With unknowingness, this now, adult continues to practice slow and clumsy behavior and a lack of athleticism.  Many learned and practiced beliefs become unconsciously inherent.   Every step and move you make, every single word that you say, has a profound and lasting influence on those around us. Once you become aware or “conscious” of the “unconscious” minds influence you can begin to transform past misguided impressions as they occur.   You then have the power to change those thoughts and completely transform your reality.  Think of it as living your dream and not the painful dream that others have created for you.

It is incredible to think about how powerful this conscious shift or change can have in businesses.   Being a conscious change leader requires you to pursue your own learning and transformation— transforming your mindset, altering your behaviors, and evolving your leadership or consultative style and approaches. It means expanded thinking about processes and your repertoire for designing and facilitating the complexities of transformation. It demands taking a stand for the personal change required of leaders and the workforce.


Recognize that when you, too, connect with other professionals who do their individual work, you will as a result, benefit personally, professionally and become a role model for everyone you seek to influence.  You will begin to attract like-minded people and the negative influencers will seemingly disappear without effort.  For you Star Wars fans, it’s like Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, in that light always prevails over darkness according to The Universal Laws of Attraction.


Casey Sheahan, CEO of Patagonia agrees, and has a knowingness that “the companies that are going to prosper for the next 100 years are those that are lead with and lead with this mindfulness, compassion, and soul.”  Through this conscious approach to transformation, you can create the conditions for discovering the future and ways of being that organizations and society need to thrive.  Conscious businesses need conscious leaders.


Clear thinking and decision-making processes, and clarity in seeing new possibilities are just some of the benefits of conscious leadership. Companies will also experience enhanced creativity and innovation, sustainable processes and change. A shift in consciousness results in powerful relationships, communication and leadership. Personal responsibility and a willingness to take action in you and everyone else, becomes effortless and common practice. The trickle-down effects can be felt at all levels of the organization.


There are several professional organizations that are helping to bridge the conscious gap with employees and corporations. Spirited Business is the premiere provider of conscious growth services for corporations with conscious or mission-based expansion paths. Founder and Author of The Upgrade, Doug De Vito has created and optimized a proprietary formula that guides companies to greatness and expansion.  Each formula, based on science and wisdom, “activates the energetic of the attendees business and their lives, taking them to peak levels,” says Doug. is an Education & Resource Network promoting inner access to your own business intuition.  The Business Intuition Program for Professionals aims to de-mystify and teach many of the intuitive tools that have historically been held as available to a select few, to use them as a creative and business skill set. These specific intuitive tools can dig deep and often provide important answers and clarity about one’s energetic climate. Instructor Kelly Woodruff adds, “We believe that everyone has the right to know themselves and trust themselves as their own ultimate authority personally, creatively and professionally”.

Authenticity Rising offers an experiential seminar, which helps empower you to step into your authentic self. They will help you access and implement your authentic voice and guide you to recognize and engage the authentic support system that surrounds you.   They offer ways to help business professionals and organizations step though fear and move forward with the tools to embrace authenticity– and thrive.  Before working in the field of self-empowerment and healing, Founder, Christine Upchurch was a statistician in conventional medicine and Co-Founder, Sabrina Fritts was a top Human Resources executive.  Sabina further explains “ Living out of alignment with your true self can lead to widespread imbalance— not only with your career, but with your health, relationships, finances, happiness and spirituality. These companies mentioned above are experts in helping individuals and organizations remove obstacles from their paths and lives that they did not even know existed.  Life will become easier when you find the courage to “let go”, or surrender through a practical process and everything unfolds exactly as it is suppose to.


Neuroscientist, chiropractor, author and lecturer, Dr. Joe Dispenza is an expert on the brain, mind and human potential. He has taught thousands of people around the world how they can re-program their thinking and eliminate self-destructive habits so they can reach their goals and visions. Dr. Dispenza is the author of the bestselling book Evolve Your Brain – The Science of Changing Your Mind, Audio CD The Art of Change, and also featured in the smash hit docu-drama What the Bleep Do We Know!? 


A must-read book for every executive– a roadmap for me in my career and also critical in helping me make that elusive jump as business owner, was Donald Marrs book, “Executive in Passage: Career in Crisis the Door to Uncommon Fulfillment”- This is a guide book through a remarkable journey. The story is his, but the passage is universal. The book tells of Marrs, a senior advertising executive at the height of his career at a major Ad Agency, as he entered a period of confusion, disorientation, and chaos. An inner sense of rightness kept pulling him through his career and life crisis, to a trust in his intuitive wisdom that leads eventually to a sense of peace and fulfillment beyond his wildest expectations. Both Don and Paige Marrs PhD of Marrs-Group Consulting, offer coaching sessions on mastering difficult conversations, situation and people. Their coaching methods and programs are known to dramatically improve workplace, as well as personal relationships.


CEO’s are even involved by way of gatherings of other like-minded CEO’s and high-level, senior management. The Conscious Leadership Connection is devoted to promoting meaning in business (and life), and demonstrating the extraordinary benefits that accrue to companies, individuals and to communities through thoughtful, considerate and mindful management practices. In this membership only organization, Founder and CEO, Mark Lefko holds private roundtable forums for C Level Business Executives, who are interested in Mastering Leadership by being Conscious Business Leaders.


On the Human Resources and Recruiting front, our division, Conscious Talent House Recruiters, recognizes the huge shift in consciousness that is upon us and that conscious change leadership is the next generation of leadership. We are passionate about presenting talented and conscious thought leaders for the right roles in the right companies.


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Blog Author, Brendon M. Carroll is the Founder and CEO, of Talent House Recruiters and is always interested in connecting with other conscious businesses and candidates who have philosophies in common and apply those in a parallel manner.


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