Great interview with Deepak Chopra in the Harvard Business Review: Life’s Work: An Interview with Deepak Chopra. Headlines are:
I give them [leaders] the opportunity to reflect on important questions:
- Who am I?
- Why do I think I exist?
- What is my purpose?
- What does a meaningful relationship mean to me, both professionally and personally?
- What is my contribution?
- What brings me joy?
- What will my legacy be?
- Who are my heroes, mentors, role models in history, mythology, religion, business?
- What are my unique strengths?
- How do I use them?
- Who benefits?
- Why am I choosing this course of action?
- What do I want to get out of it?
- What is my motivation?
- Is it going to make a difference?
- Why do I want to be a leader?
- Whom do I want to lead?
- How do I get others to buy into my vision?
The process is not seeking advice but deep reflection, and at the end of it they chart their own course.
The idea is for them to work toward taking responsibility for not only their own well-being—social, emotional, physical, financial, professional—but also that of others.
I teach them how to harness creativity, whether they’re artists or scientists—intention, information gathering, analysis, incubation, insight, intuition—and how to serve the people they influence.
As I’ve met and coached leaders, even heads of state, over the years, I’ve heard many say:
- “I was lucky”
- “I was in the right place at the right time”
- “I was a beneficiary of meaningful coincidences.”
- If they happen to be religious, they use words like “God” or “grace.”
But I think
- Success is opportunity and preparedness coming together
- Which happens only when you’re aware.
- So I teach them how to be aware.