By Joe Giordano
“The Noble Eightfold Path is a practical guideline to ethical and mental development with the goal of freeing the individual from attachments and delusions; and it finally leads to understanding the truth about all things. The eight aspects of the path are not to be understood as a sequence of single steps, instead they are highly interdependent principles that have to be seen in relationship with each other.” – – Thomas Knierim, Editor & Webmaster, TheBigView.com
When I read the Noble Eightfold Path, I recognized a very deep connection to the techniques Synecticsworld uses to deliver strong business climates and thinking get to innovative work through the act of being creative.
Noble Eight Fold Path
Each of these Eightfolds has a very close connection to how we facilitate, how we encourage our clients to act and behave in order to be collaborative, to be creative, to make connections and to be available to complete newness; a new way of thinking and a new way of seeing the world around them in order to impact what they are trying to change. They create a good climate and treat one’s self well, and treat others well, treat the idea and communicate in a way that is ultimately the most positive and beneficial to get to the output.
The first Fold is the Right View; having the right view of the world and how we interact and connect with that view. It’s peeling back the layers of cloudiness to see the truisms that surround us, that for some reason or another tend to get blocked by what is in the moment. What I would say to a client or consumer or customer or even a colleague, is that it is really about how we can help ourselves filter through the noise that is clouding our vision of what is occurring. How do we get to the deep truth about why it is a problem or why we are in the situation we are in.
For me, it is about being honest with yourself about what you are seeing, hearing, and a part of. It’s asking yourself the question “Why?” repeatedly to really understand what is impacting your misunderstanding or to raise the problem to the surface as it shows itself today. There are lots of occurrences that create the problem as we see it today. It is about getting to the reality of the situation. We associate that with a tool that we use at Synecticsworld called “Backwards and Forwards Planning” which is a 360 degree view of the problem from the way we experience it in this moment. The goal of this planning method is to see the different layers of our problem and discover the right opportunity to focus on, versus the problem as we see it now.
For example, the problem may be how to increase sales. As we go through a deep planning exercise, we start to understand what is causing us to need to increase sales. We may find that the right understanding is simply we need to increase sales because we’ve identified that we’ve lost three salespersons in the last six months. It is not really about increasing sales, but about how to decrease turnover in the sales department, which may in turn lead us to see the right understanding around how to provide a better sales training program. It’s like the problem that has reared its head is we have low sales numbers, but as we start to see everything as it really is, we uncover other opportunities to address. As we now look at the other opportunities to address, it may in fact solve the problem of increasing sales and retaining sales persons.
Is your creativity being blocked by the noise around you? Would the “Right View” help you find the opportunities that will help you solve your problem?
Joe Giordano, Synecticsworld
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