As we play with new ideas and a new worldview, we keep attending to our beliefs. So much of human behavior is habitual. And behind every habit is a belief—about people, life, the world. We work from the premise that if we can know our beliefs, we can then act with greater consciousness about our behaviors. — Margaret Wheatley
All human endeavor, as Wheatley states in A Simpler Way, is about our beliefs and intentions. What we have in common is our desire to create and give life to a better world, where each human has the same worth, where all of nature is revered and protected as one living system, and where family, friends, and connection are the focus of life. From this worldview, money and economy exist to support our human and social values, allowing our beliefs and intentions—our heart, to become our life's work.
At the heart of work is the human structure we know as the organization, where work occurs in small groups. Streams offer a useful way to look at organizations. A stream's purpose is to return home to its orginal nature, the ocean. All of its energy and focus is centered on this intention. Organizations with good intention also retain their original nature. Companies without an authentic purpose—like meeting a social need, risk issues with identity, integrity, reputation, productivity, and survival. Streams are agile and can change form as needed. Organizations too can become agile, able to change form to meet their evolving future.
Mindshift Consulting is a company focused on the psychology of helping people work together to meet the needs of society. As noted, most human accomplishment happens in small groups of people working together in an organizational setting. At Mindshift, we help people come together to create and give life to shared visions. When we peel back all the window dressing, organizations are simply places where people connect with each other, share ideas, and think of new ways to do things. All too often, they are places that do not nourish human connection. Our specialty is transformation, intentional design, and managed change.