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The Heart of Business: Relationships, Presence, and Equality

Apr 01, 2024

In business success, financial acumen and marketing prowess often take center stage. However, amidst the numbers and strategies, a subtle yet profound element exists that can make or break an enterprise—the power of relationships. As someone who has weathered numerous storms in the business world, I've understood that fostering genuine connections with others is the cornerstone of sustainable success.


In my journey, I've found that the biggest challenge isn't mastering spreadsheets or crafting the perfect marketing pitch. It's something much more profound—overcoming the barriers within ourselves, slowing down enough to truly see people as individuals, and embracing the art of listening.


Being present in our interactions can work wonders in a world of distractions and digital noise. Too often, we fall into the trap of viewing others as mere obstacles or means to an end rather than recognizing their inherent worth and equality. Whether we're CEOs, parents, or other roles, our true identity transcends titles and positions.


Being present means seeing everyone as equals regardless of societal roles or hierarchical structures. It's about recognizing that consciousness is not a hierarchy, and superiority or inferiority are ego constructs. When we let go of these false perceptions and embrace the truth of our interconnectedness, we pave the way for authentic relationships to flourish.


Imagine the impact of believing oneself superior on subordinates, children, or partners. It undermines trust, fosters resentment, and ultimately erodes the foundation of any meaningful connection. True relationships are built on mutual respect, empathy, and acknowledging each other's essence.


Our roles in life are transient; titles and positions fade with time. What truly matters is our ability to connect with others on a human level, to see beyond the superficial, and to recognize the shared humanity that binds us all together.


Something remarkable happens when we shift our perspective from seeing people as a means to an end to valuing them as individuals with their hopes, fears, and dreams. We experience a profound sense of love and affinity that transcends professional boundaries. It's okay to care deeply about the people we work with—to treat them with the same kindness and compassion we would extend to our family and friends.


So, strive to be present and authentic and foster genuine relationships built on equality and mutual respect. Remember that in the grand scheme of things, what truly matters is not our titles or accomplishments but the connections we cultivate and the love we share with those around us. In the end, it's our relationships that define us and sustain us through the trials and triumphs of life.


I wrote a book, Profit with Presence: The 12 Pillars of Mindful Leadership, which goes in to further detail about this topic and more.

Although the world is currently abuzz with the term “mindfulness,” some believe mindfulness is a fringe activity to be practiced before or after the workday, if at all. Too few business professionals take the time needed to be present and aware throughout the workday, which is counterproductive. Mindfulness is not only a path to personal success, but a sound business strategy.  

My hope is to positively impact the world through infusing more mindfulness into business -- and it starts with each of us individually. Together, we can create a future where mindfulness is deeply embedded in our work culture, leading to greater well-being, productivity, and meaningful success for all.

- Dr Eric Holsapple


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