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Mental science applied to enterprising, the power of speaking the same language

septiembre 28
14:00 2018

INTRODUCTION

The power of speaking the same language anywhere you interact with other people is of most importance for the achievement of good communication. Good communication should always be the starting point of any business enterprise without any account for the size of it.

Moreover, the ability to speak the same language requires that the language spoken is well directed towards a common goal without any interference. In other words, the ability to speak the same language must be topped up with other abilities such as the ability to give clear instructions, the ability to be a proactive leader and the ability to be an excellent executioner.

This article will provide the reader with some ideas as to what mental principles need to be used to achieve the goal of speaking the same language within an organization and direct its use towards a common goal.

PRECEDENTS

The most striking precedent that I could find on the power of speaking the same language for a common goal comes from the Book of Genesis Chapter 11 discussing the construction of the Tower of Babel.

Let’s imagine for one moment that the story is true in the sense that there was a big enterprise undergoing on those days. A group of immigrants wanted to build something big, something never done before. Let’s analyse the essential elements of the project:

  • Project: Construction of a city and a tower with its top in the heavens.
  • Communication: one language and uniform words.
  • Motive: surely fame and glory and very likely for profit.

PRECEDENT ANALYSIS

A project of the foregoing characteristics may well be compared these days with either the construction of a multinational enterprise or even, why not, with the construction of a large city as back in those days. The basic requirements that they must have had back in those days should have been at the least the following:

a) Knowledge of construction.

At the least, some of those individuals must have had some good previous knowledge of construction and not only small things. The construction of a city and a big tower as they envisioned should have been properly planned out with designs and architecture covering every single need for the individuals that were intended to dwell there. This kind of knowledge requirement may only come from expertise. Thus, some individuals in that group must have been master builders at the place they came from.

b) Manpower

The master builders that came in that group of immigrants should have seen that they had the massive labour force required to build up a city and a very tall tower. Without such an ingredient, the construction would not have been even thinkable. Furthermore, the massive labour force were very likely skilled, at the least a good number of them so as to secure the quantity and quality of the production of enough building materials.

c) Project Sustainability

The master builders should have planned the food and water supplies for the massive labour force. Salaries and social benefits were probably not discussed. I can only imagine that the people those days, like many people now, should only have been concerned with survival. Nevertheless, some of those immigrants should have had some form of family and they must have had to secure a form of abode or place for living while they were working on the project.

d) Clear and Unquestionable Leadership

The master builders may have been, although not necessarily, the leaders of the massive group of immigrants. Let’s imagine for a moment that the master builders were Not the clear and unquestionable leaders of the entire group of people. Then, who could have been those leaders? .The story does not provide details. However, the clear and unquestionable leaders must have had clear and unquestionable authority to be able to convince the master builders first and then the entire population. Furthermore, those clear and unquestionable leaders must have been expert communicators to even attempt to sell such an undertaking to everyone.

The clear and unquestionable leadership, as we read in the story was able, at least at the beginning, to speak the same language and using the same words which were definitively charged with some kind of special power to make the massive population move in one direction and pursuing one goal.

f) Technology and Basic Materials

The master builders in addition of their expert knowledge and previous experience must have had some sort of technology to even attempt building the tower at least. I cannot even conceive the building of such a tower by only using sticks and stones. Therefore, they possessed some sort of technology that was of much aid in such an endeavour.

Furthermore, the master builders must have secured a large source of the materials that were required for the construction of the city and tower. Therefore, the environment must have played a very important role in the overall designing and planning.

g) Work progress (Interim Result)

It should have been such a breathtaking progress that even caused the deity to be worried ofthe achievement of all they could plan”. Let’s call it great interim success.

h) End Result

Despite the great result achieved during the construction, let’s for one moment presume that the tower was finished. It should have been so great that at some point the people started speaking a different language; meaning, that of greed, lust, discord, envy, or simply, the leaders fought for unbalanced power. The end result: the collapse of the entire project.

PRECEDENT ANALYSIS FROM A MENTAL APPROACH

This precedent may also be analysed from a mental science approach using the more known principles as follows:

a) Know What you Want

The minds of the individuals who were wandering on the face of the earth those days were pretty much equally powerful than the minds of the visionary entrepreneurs of today.

A project of such magnitude could only have been thought of and worked out on the mind of an individual or individuals with a great mental power capable of imagining that such thing was possible due to previous experience, expertise or simply inspiration.

Thus, it would be only fair to say that they knew exactly what they wanted and what they were capable to do.

Furthermore, the visionary or visionaries who could imagine that magnitude were definitively not shot sighted or small minded. They were not only thinking big, they were thinking colossally. Those individuals were beyond a doubt endowed with a very powerful mind.

b) Desire

Back in those days, there was pure potential to build up almost anything new. It is only comparable with the present day where in the digital era anything is possible. However, they also possessed something really astonishing: a burning-hot desire to carry on such project. This burning-hot desire must have been not a simple wish or a thin idea derived out of delusion.

A burning-hot desire in the heart of the leaders and visionaries of that group must have been such a driving force that there was nothing in their minds that told them “it is not possible”.

c) Conviction

Behind the powerful mind and burning desire there should have been such a conviction that the project was doable that they did not stop until they achieved what they wanted. Such a solid conviction is a necessary engine to run such a grand-scale project. Some call this kind of conviction faith. However, faith may have other religious connotations. Thus, for the purpose of this article we will keep calling it by its rightful name: “conviction”.

d) Motive

On top of the previous elements, the motive was clearly put forward, i.e., fame and glory and although not said, fortune and power over other nations. Building up a name was how they phrased it. Interestingly, the building of a name is as important these days in the corporate business world and it is actually where a business value may be stored, this is brands, trademarks, symbols or anything visual that sells the products behind such name.

e) Master Mind

In addition to the foregoing basics, there was a “master builder group” that all together knew exactly what to do and how. Perhaps not all of them knew about architecture, but indeed there must have been at the least one master architect.

The master architect may or may not have been the leader, but as long as there was a master architect, leader, a planner, a geologist and why not an accountant or administrator, the project was feasible.

Does this sound like a current board of directors of a corporation? Very closely, I would say. This group required a combination of all the building knowledge required for an enterprise of a big magnitude.

f) The Plan

Despite of all of the previous elements mentioned, a project of such magnitude requires a master plan, with goals and milestones, supervision and anything required to make the project happen. In other words, nothing happens without a master plan.

g) Magnetic Leadership

Once the entire plan has been developed with the blueprint, the scale models and the quantification of the resources, now it is time to sell it. As mentioned before, the seller of this project or its unquestionable leader, must have had authority, and not only a dictatorial kind but also a moral and magnetic kind of authority that is required to move masses of people in one direction and with one single purpose in mind.

This kind of magnetic leadership is most of the times natural. However, people lacking of it may indeed develop it.

Nowadays, a magnetic leader requires eloquence, charm, authority in the field and in few words: a pleasing magnetic personality.

CONCLUSION OF THE PRECEDENT ANALYSIS

The story is very short indeed and it provides not many clues about the real reasons behind the project collapse. The one thing for sure is that the collapse was not due to a jealous or afraid deity that came down and provoked such communication failure.

The confusion of the language told on the story may simply be a figure of speech indicating failure in the communication that caused such harsh feelings among the project leaders and or the masses actually doing the labour. At some point the benefits of such an accomplishment were not properly divided or perhaps a change in leadership caused the mismatched of ideas and or mental conditions that were necessary to be kept in place for the sustainability of the enterprise. Let’s call it a bad leadership succession.

The speculation of what could have caused the failure is a good mental exercise due to the fact that the vision and development of monumental projects has not changed a bit over the brief human history of achievement.

Perhaps technology has changed and evolved, but indeed the mental principles behind any successful enterprise remain quite the same.

The Babel project had all it takes to be successful. But, perhaps they simply ignored the fact that success is, simply stated, a state of mind and as a state of mind is a dynamic force, not a static achievement.

Mind power is beyond any question an active principle that requires fuel: a burning-hot desire to do, to be or to have something. That is the symbol of success. The symbols of success are different on the minds of the many successful individuals. For some it is peace, for some other conquest, yet for many entrepreneurs is, of course economic achievement.

THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG

The magic of thinking big under the influence of a clear and effective communication based upon one language and same words can literally create enterprises as big as one’s capacity to imagine.

I am definitely convinced that a business or an institution is a clear reflection of the mentality of the individual or individuals that envision such an enterprise and or the reflection of the minds of the individuals running it, i.e., the board of directors as we call it today.

There is a basic mental principle that says that All is Mind and that every cause produces an effect. Thus, it would be very hard to create an effect or an enterprise out of nothing. Thus, every multinational enterprise requires a one basic thing: a cause expressed as an idea and manifested through a powerful mind or group of minds.

Let’s follow the principles and elements already discussed above and apply them to the creation of a multinational information technology giant.

The first IT giant that comes to my mind is Microsoft, founded by Mr. William H. Gates and Mr. Paul Allen back in the 1970s.

The first question to analyse for the creation of Microsoft is whether the founders had a long term vision and a big picture under which their company was going to operate.

According to some public information, both Mr. Allen and Mr. Gates were smart kids always interested in the development of computer languages. Both had the talents and abilities required to develop new software and eventually developed something revolutionary that was sold to IBM.

Furthermore, it is said that it was Mr. Allen who convinced Mr. Gates to leave College and join him in the creation of Microsoft. Mr. Allen must have had a very powerful persuasive eloquence to convince Mr. Gates to suspend his College studies at Harvard.

 THE MAGIC AND THE ONE LANGUAGE

What is that language required building a multinational such as Microsoft? Was it English? Truly not. Was it software? Truly not either. In my mind it could only be cooperation. The two of the Microsoft’s founders, Mr. Gates and Mr. Allen must have had something very strong that connected them so intensely at the least in the beginning that they decided to go ahead and pursue perhaps a dream or perhaps a burning desire: that of enterprising and creating a new computer language or software that would revolutionize the entire industry and business.

Both founders had the talents required to envision such an enterprise as both were really good software programmers at a young age. One of them, very likely Mr. Gates must have had the capacity to think for the long term and see the big picture. This ability to think of living the life on a grand scale comes with a degree of insecurities. Thus, Mr. Allen should have been for a time the individual capable to focus the concentration of the team into developing their software under the one language of cooperation.

THE MAGIC, THE ONE LANGUAGE AND THE POWER OF VISION

It is fair to say that what Microsoft was before the departure of Mr. Allen in 1982 is not the reflection of what it is now. The master builder of what Microsoft is now is beyond a doubt Mr. Gates.

The first question that arises for this case study of the mental forces behind the creation of Microsoft is whether Mr. Gates’ vision was paired with his life purpose? The first answer that comes to mind is an absolute yes. I firmly believe that Mr. Gates’ definite life purpose was to achieve something big; perhaps the joy of living his life on a grand scale and the development of Microsoft was the ways and means to achieve such a purpose of living.

Thus, my first impression is that Microsoft is not the workings of chance but rather the workings of careful planning under the guidance of vision and definitiveness of purpose all together with a magnetic personality.

THE MAGIC, THE ONE LANGUAGE, THE POWER OF VISION, DEFINITIVENESS OF PURPOSE AND DESIRE

Desire to create something new and big must have been at the top of both founders since the very beginning. Between 1975 and 1982 things were fine but the rupture of the founders due to health issues faced by Mr. Allen made Mr. Gates now the unquestionable leader. Thus, as such he needed a team to go ahead with his mission. Those new team members must have also been able to speak the same language of cooperation and communication must have been very fluent with respect to vision, expansion, development, empowerment, relationships, and all that is required to build up an industry empire.

There is no doubt that Mr. Gates dared to dream and reach for the stars. Nevertheless, he must have had also a very strong common sense voice advising him either in himself or in one of his team members as the finances required for their expansion must have been meticulously taken care of.

CONCLUSION

The creation of large business undertakings is today, as it has always been, a mental challenge. The basic elements that an individual’s mind must count for are: the knowledge that all is mind, the joy of pursuing a life’s goal or mission, the self-control and temperance to make the right calls, steadfastness and justice to treat other individuals with proper dignity and remunerability, some degree of generosity to reward employees and share the earnings with investors and community, and the final touch, honesty as to the products and services delivered in the markets.

Furthermore, see the leaders of big multinationals today: they attempt to appear charming; with eloquence when speaking in public; they surely have an unquestionable leadership to drive the enterprise forces into one single direction, speaking the same one language of cooperation with the members of the company in charge to drive the growth and market positioning and above all: they appear to be doing exactly what they want, pursuing perhaps a life purpose with a burning desire to succeed in the current marketplace.

Lastly, the only limit to create something new today with all the technology available is not in the sky. It is within our own minds. We set up our own limits. The ability to think big is of most importance in the design of the mental blueprint of a multinational.

 

C.P.C. y P.C.FI. Juan Ángel Becerra Cantú
Integrante de la Comisión Fiscal Internacional del Colegio
juan.becerra@cgctax.com

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