The etymology of integral partnerships:
integral (inˈteɡrəl) adjective 1. necessary to make a whole complete; essential or fundamental.
partnerships (pärtnərˌSHip) noun 1. the state of being a partner or partners.
Our distinction of an integral partnership is a state of being that arises — when an individual’s inner elements are integrated, when a couple aligns, when a whole organization or community engages, when a business enterprise aligns its practices with our Planet, and when a wiser civilization emerges — with the intention and commitment to make life whole, complete, and essential. What makes this possible is an awakening of the Transformation Drive™ which has been at the core of all our work since 1981 and has unfolded in our consciousness and practice since.
Our purpose as advisors, consultants and coaches is to develop and deliver unique perspectives, distinctions, tools, and practices that help to develop higher awareness and mature functioning in individuals, partners, leadership, organizations, and communities for the benefits of more engagement, innovation, and cultures of possibility.
Our philosophy of individual, relational, culture and organization development is expressed in the term, integral partnerships. What we mean by an integral partnership, whether it is a partnership within one’s self, with another person, or amongst members of a team or enterprise, is an authentic, high-consciousness, and mutually-empowering relationship that unequivocally committed to unfolding the full possibility of those involved. These integral partnerships exist, have existed, and are grounded in the some of the harshest realities of life – in leadership, community development, entrepreneurism, business partnerships, intimate relationships, multi-faceted relationships, sports teams, public service, parenting, spiritual pursuits, social and environmental activism, military service, etc.
Although these life situations are high-risk, integral partnerships also determine the values they will live by, no matter what life circumstances come their way, they will transform and transmute them. These partnerships invent what is possible beyond just what’s at-risk in their endeavors and in their lives.
Fundamental in our approach is the vertical development of human consciousness, from the individual to the collective, that we feel is the crucial path to an integral development model and is often overlooked. Over the course of many years and client engagements, we have created, adapted, and furthered unique distinctions, concepts, methods, and practices that cultivate the possibility of an integral partnership in distinct domains of our human experience and existence.
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” Albert Einstein
Our executive leadership programs for individuals help them develop an inner/intra-personal mastery. The inner-personal mastery develops because they integrate their essential self and their already-developed self-identity so they have a felt sense of authenticity and sense their distinctive personal presence. Their intra-personal mastery develops when our clients integrate their experience of personal presence into their body while transforming any resistance or constraint. Their embodied presence provides deep confidence and trust to fully engage with others and the world without restricting their vision, intentions or values. This one aspect of vertical development is crucial because it can resolve a host of stressors – inauthenticity, uncertainty, defensiveness, etc. For many executives whose careers and personal lives have the highest levels of risks and rewards, this can make all the difference.
We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its urgency, ‘here and now’ without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.
Jose Ortega y Gasset
Today, no leader can afford to be indifferent to the challenge of engaging employees in the work of creating the future. Engagement may have been optional in the past, but it’s pretty much the whole game today.
We are not going to be able to operate our Spaceship Earth successfully nor for much longer unless we see it as a whole spaceship and our fate as common. It has to be everybody or nobody.
R. Buckminster Fuller