The Dalai Lama is considered by many as an influential world leader when it comes to peace and global affairs. While he holds few positions of formal 'power', he has a huge amount of influence with some of the most powerful leaders in the world.
Check out what he had to say last week on Twitter about the environment and global economy;
"Since climate change and the global economy now affect us all, we have to develop a sense of oneness of humanity."
So what exactly does he mean when he says 'develop a sense of oneness of humanity'?
It means that we can no longer bury our heads in the sand when it comes to issues that happen on the other side of the world (let alone the other side of the office, or the next street along) that seemingly don't have any impact in our lives. The 9/11 terrorist attack in the US has affected the cost of your holiday flight tickets and the time you take getting through airport security. ISIS attacks in Iraq influence the price you pay at the fuel pump to fill your car. When you look at these major events that impact our daily lives, it's easy to feel we have no influence over them, but the Dalai Lama's 'sense of oneness of humanity' starts right in our offices and neighbourhoods.
We can no longer think that the world outside our front door is cut off from our own personal lives. The more we can do in our social, workplace or local residential environments, no matter how small, the more it has an impact on our life at home!! Even just small simple things like taking the neighbour's deliveries if they are out, or letting them know they left their car lights on. It means that they will be more open at times when you need help, like borrowing tools in an emergency to fix a tap or whatever help you might need!
At whatever level, to the degree we're not having a positive influence on the world out there, ultimately it will come back and bite us at some point in the future. Our success is inextricably linked to the success of others around us... this applies just as much when we're at work too! The more you help others in your team or department, the more they'll flourish, the more the team flourishes the more it will naturally benefit you! Legends know this - those who truly succeed have got to where they are today by ensuring those they encounter along the way succeed too!
by Adam Walls, Senior Associate, Lighthouse International
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