So far, we’ve found that the Inner MBA is helping us become conscious leaders—people who are committed not just to our own growth and development but also to making a positive impact on the world.
Conscious leadership is something we can all benefit from, and the more of us who are committed to it, the better off the world will be.
What are your thoughts? How have you been explaining the Inner MBA to others?
Here are my thoughts, as Inner MBA alumnus of the first cohort in 2020–2021.
1. We are constantly learning and evolving
Inner work is the act of reflecting on our thoughts, feelings, and actions. This process is not always easy, but it’s necessary for us to grow as a person.
We’re constantly learning and evolving. We can’t stop this process. But we can make it better. We’re able to learn new skills and adapt to change. We are also able to see things from different perspectives, which helps us make better decisions about our lives, for us and for others.
Making the world a better place starts with ourselves. By constantly learning and evolving, we can be more aware of how we can contribute to the betterment of our planet.
We start by acknowledging that there is a lot of inner work to be done, and that includes healing our inner wounds from our childhood and generational trauma. We have to let go of what doesn’t serve us anymore in order to make room for new positive and uplifting thoughts and stories to come in, which will allow us to become more conscious and aware of our surroundings, near and far.
Learning is a lifelong process that can be done in many different ways, and it’s important to find the right methods for ourselves.
The human brain is an amazing and complex organ that has the ability to learn anything at any age (this finding is backed by science). We are always learning new things whether we realize it or not.
Consciousness is awareness of our surroundings and ourselves, which means we’re always making changes to our inner world as well as the world around us, knowingly and unknowingly.
An Inner MBA alumnus has a much greater awareness of what is going on in his/her/their inner life to be able to interact in a positive and uplifting way for their teams, and for the planet as an extension of their being and their work.
2. We’re not just focused on making money. We want to make our work a force for good.
As Inner MBA alumni, we want to make our work a force for good. We believe that we can create abundance and prosperity for all of us, while also serving the world and the people around us. We are committed to leading with integrity. We want to be a community that the world can trust, and we will do everything in our power to make sure that the people around us are proud of who we are and what we stand for as Inner MBA students and graduates.
How to connect a mindset of abundance with a servant’s heart? By connecting with others on a heart-to-heart level, actively listening and speaking our truth, and by creating an environment of love, lightness, trust, and deep confidence that allows to go above and beyond what we have ever experienced in our relationships.
Making money while being a conscious leader making our work a force for good is so much more than a marketing trick. It’s a real transformation of how we work, how we interact, how we see and understand each other, and how we do business.
3. We’re committed to our own growth and development
The more we heal and transform our inner game, the more we can show up better than yesterday and make a difference in our lives and in the lives of others.
This is an important step in our own growth and development.
We never emphasize enough the importance of self-care, and how it can help us grow as a person, cultivating a healthy relationship with ourselves.
We’re committed to our own growth and development because we know that, in order to be the best for our bosses, customers, colleagues, and families, it is necessary for us to be the best for ourselves first.
We believe that the key to unlocking our potential is by healing and transforming from within first, and to hold space for others to heal and transform as well, to embrace change instead of fighting it, and to drive up the positivity and happiness factors.
4. We’re passionate about making a difference in the world, to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set up by the United Nations
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals are the world’s most ambitious agenda for sustainable development. The goals were agreed to by all 193 United Nations member states in September 2015, and they are designed to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity by 2030. These global goals aim at ending poverty, inequality, and climate change.
It is not possible to achieve these goals without the help of each and every one of us. If we want to make a difference in our world, we shall start with ourselves, in our daily lives, at home and at work, spreading it to our companies, our competitors, and the biggest companies that make the biggest impact in the planet’s use of resources.
5. We’re open to new ideas and ways of doing things. The Inner MBA is giving us access to some of the best thinking in the world on conscious leadership.
There are a lot of stresses that come with being in a leadership position. In order to make sure that we are helping our companies, we shall make sure that everybody has the best support system possible. This is where conscious leadership comes into play. Conscious leadership is much more than just being aware of what is happening around us but also knowing how to adapt and change as needed, as well as driving positive impactful change within our companies by applying the transformative leadership that we learned (or relearned) during our Inner MBA journey.
These last two paragraphs are about some of the best conscious leadership thinkers and what they have to say about important topics. We have many thought leaders, including Tara Brach, Jack Kornfield, and Daniel Goleman, amongst many other amazing transformative leaders.
Daniel Goleman is a psychologist who was the lead author of the bestseller Emotional Intelligence. Tara Brach is a well-known American Buddhist writer and teacher. Jack Kornfield is an author, Buddhist practitioner, Spirit Rock Meditation Center founding teacher, and one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. Tami Simon is an entrepreneur and founder of Sounds True, a multimedia publishing company that creates educational programs in the areas of personal transformation, spiritual exploration, wellness, health and fitness, and relationships. She is the one person at the origin of the Inner MBA, in collaboration with Scott Shute, former director of LinkedIn Mindfulness & Compassion Programs in 2020–2021 before venturing out on his own after the end of the first cohort of the Inner MBA, as well as Soren Gordhamer, who showed up every month by himself and with Karen May to hold space for the inner growth of Inner MBA students. Karen May is the former Vice President of People Development at Google, responsible for global learning and development, leadership development, and talent management, supporting learning for over 120,000 Googlers globally.
Sharing nine months with these amazing leaders has been a truly transformative experience, at our deepest core: recognizing our inner wounds, embracing change, understanding our IMMUNITY TO CHANGE—transformation leadership experience brought to us by Dr. Lisa Lahey. She leads the Personal Mastery component of a path-breaking new doctoral program at the Harvard University Graduate School of Education, designed to produce the public-sector equivalent of the “turnaround specialist.” A developmental psychologist and educator, and coauthor of Change Leadership and Immunity to Change, she led the research team that created the developmental diagnostic, now used around the world, for assessing adult meaning-systems.
This article was written by Mrs. Gemma Serenity Gorokhoff (www.gemmaserenity.com) who was part of the first cohort of the Inner MBA in 2020–2021. She led the larger learning community, bringing together students twice weekly to put into practice the skills of active listening and deep transformation to the Inner MBA experience. She continues to host monthly meetings. To stay connected with her and with other Inner MBA alumni, besides joining the LinkedIn group, you can also sign up to her larger learning community email list by following this link: gemma-sascha.aweb.page/larger-learning-community