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Future of Work

Why isn’t there a clear future of work conversation? 

Looking at some of the trends futurists are predicting is out of control. If I asked each one of you why are we having such different conversations about the future of work, we would probably hear a lot of different stories. But why?    Part of the answer about our future,  is looking at our past.

I’m going to take you on a journey through the evolution of our culture and consciousness, and the corresponding evolution of our organizations. This historical perspective will also show us a future full of possibilities in a new emerging consciousness.

But first, Let me take you back to the late 90’s . As an engineer, I had just got promoted into a leadership position in an engineering manufacturing company. I was starting my masters in leadership studies.  I needed to understand why the current model of leadership of command control was not working. My research lead me to transpersonal psychologists Ken Wilber and Jenny Wade, among others.  They were creating a whole new model which included the entire body of knowledge of the history of humanity up to that point. It was a model of the evolution of consciousness. This model showed not only how we as individuals were evolving, but we as a world culture were evolving. 

This started me thinking about organizations and leadership in a whole different way, (and I mean organizations in the broadest sense, not just businesses). 

A lot of folks are familiar with our evolution of the ages, from nomadic to agrarian or agriculture, to industrial and to information or postindustrial.    But, there is a new emerging integral age,     a tipping point, but I’ll talk a little bit more about that in a minute.

As you look at the evolution of culture how does all of this relate to our conversation today about the future of work? If you look at the evolution of the organizational culture that dominated at the different ages, we see that every time we, as a species, have change the way we think about the world, we have come up with powerful organizations tied to our prevailing worldviews.

Researchers have looked at this from every possible angle. They have found that humanity evolves in stages, so too does our organizations in which we work. 

You see the different major “themes” in each color, starting with the pre-industrial stage “red”  

Red organizations 

  • Division of labor, 
  • Power - command authority, 
  • Highly reactive

Amber Organizations 

  • Hierarchical, 
  • command and control (sticks)
  • Stable organizational structures
  • Employees are untrustworthy

Orange Organizations

  • Company as a machine,
  • Employees are cogs,
  • Competition

Motivate by money and growth    THIS WAS MY ORGANIZATION IN THE LATE 90’s. 

Green Organizations 

  • Values-driven Culture
  • Inspirational Purpose,
  • Empowerment
  • Social Responsibility

And the emerging organization


  • Integrity
  • Profound commitment to sustainability 
  • Self-Managed
  • Work anywhere

Never before have All of these organizations and cultures existed simultaneously!   My guess is someone in the audience works for one of these companies in each color! Could this be the reason for the different conversations of the trends for the future of work that I showed earlier?

The challenge is to recognize that all of these voices are part of the development of our future. 

So, If you accept this, this human, organizational and conscious evolution, then as Fredrick Laloux states in his book ReInventing Organizations, “ we hold here something rather extraordinary: the blueprint of the future of organizations, the blueprint to the future of work.”

This next age some are calling Integral, Authentic or as I call it, Transcendent, corresponds to Maslow’s self-actualizing level.  Maslow and others agree that the shift from Green to Teal is a particularly momentous one in the human journey, a tipping point. 

Through the “integral” lens, people see the world in a broader perspective which increases our capacity for creativity, innovation, being comfortable in the unknown and complex problem solving. Remember what Einstein said, we can’t solve the worlds problems at the same level of consciousness that created them.

 Why does this matter? Could it be that organizations that continue to adhere to current states of consciousness will reach a point of non-evolution to failure? 

93% of U.S. companies are undergoing significant changes to their core DNA. By doing so, they’re hoping to “meet the needs of customer demands, embrace and leverage disruptive technologies, and remain competitive in the global business landscape.” 

Rather than getting immobilized with these disparate conversations about the future of work, or which trend is correct, we realize that we can use this blueprint of our evolution and make the future whatever we want it to be. 

So, Hopefully I’ve expanded your horizons on the evolution of consciousness and the future of work.

Our culture is evolving, our organizations and leadership theories are evolving and there is an exciting new model of organizations that we can co-create together. 

Shift your perspective, the view is breathtaking.

As Peter Drucker said, “The best way to predict the future is to create it”.

Thanks for reading!


Ideas to Action


I've been involved in an exciting initiative with the TEDxABQ community about taking the incredible "ideas worth spreading" and moving them into action worth taking! I recently spoke at the Albuquerque Tech Fiesta on this subject and thought I would post my presentation.

The framework came from the very good book Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky. Scott says in the opening paragraph:  
"Ideas don't' happen because they are great - or by accident. The misconception that great ideas inevitably lead to success has prevailed for to long." 

He talks about that anyone can move ideas to action, "You just need to modify your organizational habits, engage a broader community and develop your leadership capability."

Check it out, see what you think!

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The Evolution of Leadership and TED

Hi Everyone,
I recently applied to speak at TEDxABQ which is the Albuquerque TEDx. The theme this year is "Engage your Passion". I thought I would share with you my application submission as I think it really captures what Transcendent Leadership is all about, and, in my opinion, what TED is all about:

What's your "Idea worth Spreading?"

The Evolution of Leadership

We are at a tipping point. We are all evolving in consciousness, as individuals, and consequently as societies. Ken Wilber stated that for the first time in history we know this and not only are watching it happen, we are consciously co-creating the new consciousness. As a result, we are creating new and innovative processes, systems, education, organizations and leadership to facilitate the conscious evolvement of the planet (TED is one of the greatest example of this).  What is the leadership process to facilitate this? I call it Transcendent Leadership and define it as: a relationship dynamic among collaborative groups of people who co-create the future together, raise one another to higher levels of consciousness in the essence of spiritual humanism with the understanding of the interconnectedness of all things. I developed a meta-model that overlays the conscious evolution of our planet with leadership theories. I believe that the transcendent leadership process can provide the opportunity in which individual and therefore society will realize its evolution and its transcendence to transform our planet. The process of transcendent leadership will be an intrinsic part of the tipping point. Quoting from a Work Economic Forum article “central to a shared culture is an emphasis on transcendent leadership - the idea that standing above all other values is the ideal of a joint commitment to bettering the plant.”
Let’s “engage our passion” using the transcendent leadership process to undertake great and difficult tasks and co-create the future together.

Tell us why you'd make a great TED speaker:

I love TED. I’ve been watching TED since about 2003, but really having fun with it for about 5 years now.  I think its one of the greatest platforms for “ordinary” people to share extraordinary ideas. Also, I absolutely love to speak publicly... I know, weird right? some people would rather die... not me, I have a blast. In that moment, you are truly in the moment, and alive and interconnected with everything. That’s when the magic happens, when some part of our being recognizes that there is truth in what the speaker is saying, some spark ignites in our inner being, and quite voice says... listen... this is truth,... this is spirit.  This is when people are moved from inspiration to engagement and to action - this is TED.

Wish me luck!

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Clearing Old Limiting Beliefs

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Hi Everyone,
I was at the beautiful resort/spa call Ojo Caliente this weekend. As I was baking in the warm fall sun under the spectacular New Mexico sky - see picture below, (and no, that color was not photoshopped!), I started feeling into a limiting belief I have around the flow of money. My flow is all outflow instead of inflow! I have been to some wonderful workshops in consciousness, called Avatar, and it teaches you how to find the core belief and then clear it out of your consciousness so it doesn't affect you negatively anymore. WOW, so powerful!

What I found lurking around in there was a belief about keeping myself "normal" and small, so I don't stick out of the crowd, so I wont be judged or "condemned" by family, friends or society. Therefore, I'll keep myself in the "normal" income range (regarding money) and don't create wealth, because, if you're wealthy, well, you might be judged as being greedy, selfish, not deserving of all that, and whatever else we as a society have around the judgement of wealth.

I know, it really doesn't make a whole lot of sense and as I'm typing this, I'm trying to figure out a better way of explaining it. Sometimes our core beliefs that formed when we were young and in some sort of painful situation, more than not, are not very rational. But, they are still there in feeling and affect every aspect of our life.

So, I cleared it out of my consciousness knowing that it is not serving me anymore! Wow, I felt so wonderful! Now, I can create from this clear space, without the filter of that limiting belief!

I share this with you because the Transcendent Leadership process is about co-creating in the consciousness that has no limits and is not in scarcity but in abundance for everyone. I believe we need to continually clear out all those lurking limiting beliefs within ourselves to be able to be fully present when we "do leadership".

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