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One: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership Hardcover – April 6, 2006
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Secretan shares the transformational ideas that helped us achieve organizational brilliance. These principles could work the same magic for you! Scott Regan, Executive Vice President, Memorial Health, Savannah, GA. We would soar to our full potential if we lived the principles in ONE. This book will transform your life! --Jack Canfield, Author, The Success Principles
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The breakthrough book on Conscious Leadership By award-winning author Lance Secretan
Whenever we experience pain or sadness, it is because we have become separated from what, or whom, we love. And whenever we are inspired and joyful, it is because we are one with what, or whom, we love. All human challenges and successes can be explained through this awareness.
In ONE: The Art and Practice of Conscious Leadership, Lance Secretan brilliantly reframes leadership theory with a new vision for the 21st centurya vision of reconnecting each of us with our deepest human needs. He traces 6,000 years of history to show how we have become detached from our innate sense of oneness, and instead, have embraced the illusion of separateness, rooted in science and rational thought. Secretan reveals how this illusion has created profound misunderstandings about leadership and how we can, once again, become conscious leadersthrough the practice of oneness. The conscious leader practices the CASTLE PrinciplesCASTLE is an acronym for six attributes: Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love, and Effectiveness. Like all fundamental, life-changing concepts, these are simple ideaswell known to us all, yet easier to talk about than to live. Secretan guides us through the process of incorporating these principles into our lives to see the sacred connections between everyone and everything. The successful application of the CASTLE Principles has led to exceptional personal growth and organizational performance for thousands internationally.. ONE combines many practical exercises and reflections to help refresh our ideas about leadership and life with stories of remarkable people and organizations from around the world that are living this new thinking. Secretan has written an empowering book for all leaders managers, consultants, executives, CEOs, organizational-development and human-resource professionals, workshop and seminar leaders, supervisors, parents, teachers, coaches, mentors, clergy, public servants, therapistsin fact, anyone dedicated to serving, leading, and guiding. ONE is essential reading for those who yearn for innovative ideas about leading and living consciously in ways that will inspire and transform people, organizations, and the world.
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The core of the author's approach is a continuing practice centered on the six CASTLE principles: Courage, Authenticity, Service, Truthfulness, Love, and Effectiveness. These values are consistently sought in leaders by the people who follow them, as revealed through Secretan's own background and his consulting experience with organizations around the world.
The author explores each principle in turn, using stories and quotations backed by facts and statistics. Practical and thought-provoking exercises at the end of chapters provide an opportunity to pause and ponder content in the context of the reader's own life. The writing style is straightforward and accessible.
Like the flavors in fine wine, Secretan's CASTLE Principles are perceived as elegantly enmeshed-an example of the "oneness" that is the author's prescription for more inspiring and effective lives and workplaces. The framework in ONE can be applied to personal coaching, training, teaching, and organizational intervention as a practice that brings forth immediate benefits.
The risk in presenting such a leadership model is that it can be perceived as preachy. There is much passion behind the author's message, and he successfully manages to skirt this trap by communicating it with genuine concern and caring.
The book has much to commend it, providing firm structure, good balance, and a satisfying, long finish. If Robert Parker rated books along with wines, ONE would receive over 90 points.
It then gently flows into a practical examination of life's key lessons as it lays out the CASTLE principles for leadership. A few central messages rang true for me: what we do to our customers, our employees, and our investors, we do to ourself; there's more room for myth, mystery, and magic in our life's work; and a key role of leaders is "serving employees" (rather than the conventional thought of employees serving management).
I really appreciate the way strong stories are used to make a point as well as to help support an emotional connection with each message. Lance Secretan employs Courage, one of his CASTLE principles, to explain the role of love in leadership and business. This isn't an easy thing to do, and he makes a solid case and does it well.
This is definitely a book to read twice: there are so many ideas packed within. It's a gem that argues, and reinforces, that doing the right thing is really the best way to run a business after all. For those of us aspiring to run businesses along the lines of the CASTLE principles, many of these points may seem second nature, but having one's values validated so thoroughly is inspiring and encouraging. I am more committed than ever to stay the course. In the end, the principles and ideas contained herein are not just for leading a good business: they are for leading a good life.
With hindsight, I see that when my clients and I have been successful in the courtroom it has been because we presented our case consistent with the CASTLE principles, even though I had not consciously considered CASTLE at the time. Living the CASTLE principles creates the connection with the judge, and the silent strangers sitting as the jury, that any party must have to be successful in a courtroom. Most often one side or the other can not, or does not, present their case effectively with courage, authenticity, and truthfulness, inspiring the jury that their verdict will serve a greater good (rather than merely lining the pockets of a party and their lawyer). If you do not love your client, the insincerity of your representation will inspire neither the judge nor the jury, and will be ineffective.
Every lawyer should read ONE as a part of their continuing legal education. Every person whose business or profession involves dealing with people (i.e. everyone) would benefit from reading ONE and practicing the CASTLE principles.
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