For decades now, millions of people across the globe have been applying the concepts of A Course in Miracles to change their world, positively impact the lives of others and find inner peace. Imagine how ACIM has changed your life. Now think how amazing it would be if you could bring those same principles to your workplace to help your team change their mindset and work together toward common goals. Because when your team is happy, it’s more productive and, in turn, your customers are more satisfied.
When I was first introduced to ACIM in 1977, I fell in love with this moral and psychological path and ever since then, have aspired to live it. In 1986, I facilitated my first team-building workshop—for a promising young computer software company. I discovered that I had a passion for team building. Since then, I have facilitated the work of more than 500 teams through hands-on workshops across the United States and in seven countries abroad.
Because the power of forgiveness is the essential cornerstone in ACIM, it was a natural progression to Right-Minded Teamwork. The purpose of this article is to learn how to leverage ACIM, to understand what RMT is and how you can achieve it with your team. The description here is an excerpt of the full article.
What is A Course in Miracles?
A Course in Miracles is a psychological approach to spirituality where forgiveness is the central theme and inner peace is the result. Kenneth Wapnick, writer, teacher and psychotherapist
A Course in Miracles is a complete self-study spiritual thought system. The three-volume curriculum with text, student workbook and a teachers manual teaches a way to universal love and peace through forgiving others. A Course in Miracles is based on the healing of relationships and, as such, is but one of “many thousands” [M-1.4.2] of programs out there that focus on this topic. So even though its language is that of traditional Christianity, it expresses a nonsectarian, nondenominational spirituality. A Course in Miracles is a universal spiritual teaching, not a religion. Excerpt from ACIM website.
What is Right-Minded Teamwork?
Right-Minded Teamwork is a business-oriented, psychological approach to team building where acceptance, forgiveness and adjustment are teammate characteristics and 100% customer satisfaction are the team’s results.
The ‘big idea’ behind RMT is right-mindedness.
It’s simply a conscious choice to embrace do-no-harm attitudes and demonstrate them in your life. Like ACIM, rightmindedness is grounded in the belief that your thoughts precede your behavior. So if you want to change your outside behavior, if you are practicing rightmindedness, you first look within at what you are thinking.
If you have led or worked in a team, you will immediately see the benefits of using Right-Minded Teamwork as a practical, continuous-improvement team-building system. And if you are a Course in Miracles student, you will see the similarities because they both believe in an inward-looking process, specifically that looking within helps you see the connections between the outside world and your inner state of mind.
The Common Thread: Forgiveness
He who would not forgive must judge, for he must justify his failure to forgive. But he who would forgive himself (and others) must learn to welcome truth exactly as it is. W-P184.108.40.206.4-5
Forgiveness is the cornerstone concept, what we call the ‘big idea,’ in A Course in Miracles. Every student strives to forgive in their daily lives. And so it is with Right-Minded Teamwork.
Can you imagine how amazing it would be if all your teammates extended forgiveness and corrected team mistakes rather than spreading attacks and becoming defensive? When you implement Right-Minded Teamwork, you won’t have to wonder anymore.
The Why: Benefits of Using Right-Minded Teamwork
A learning laboratory- Mistakes are converted into learning and growth opportunities, rather than a chance to punish, place blame or take on the cloak of victimhood. The experience of looking at mistakes as a chance to turn them into positives means more success for your business.
Cooperation vs competition- Clashes and power struggles give way to collaborative behaviors as people gently release past grievances and grudges.
Improved creativity and a focus on finding solutions- As people practice forgiveness, they drop their judging behavior, are free to forget the past and become more open to finding solutions that fresh ideas can bring.
Increased productivity through a safer workplace—emotionally, mentally and socially– Teammates who spend less time on defending themselves in a hostile work environment are less fearful, more fully present when they perform their duties and more likely to produce better results.
Increased customer satisfaction- When every teammate is in synch with right-minded attitudes and behaviors, mistakes are corrected and the team gets back on track more quickly, making for a more satisfied customer base.
The How: Basics of the Right-Minded Teamwork Implementation Plan
The framework that supports Right-Minded Teamwork consists of five elements: two goals and three methods. Used consistently, they become a repeatable, continuous-improvement process that almost invariably leads to 100% customer satisfaction, which is—or should be—the overall goal of your business.
If you like what you’ve read thus far,
go ahead and download the full article. In there, you will also find:
- Who Decides What Is ‘Right’
- Understanding What are RMT Attitudes and Behaviors
- Reason, Ego and Decision-Maker – the three characters used to explain the looking-within process
- The Five Elements: Two Goals and Three Methods – a detailed explanation with suggested exercises
- Implementation Plan – this plan has worked well for me and the teams I facilitated
- Resources – 14 specific tools, tips and exercises you can download and use right now