STRATEGIC THINKING AND SUCCESS

I recently reread a book I hadn't seen in awhile. Called Jesus The Magician, it’s a well-written and scholarly work by Dr. Morton Smith, Doctor of Theology at Harvard. He also has a PhD from Hebrew University and was professor of History at Columbia University in New York. Dr. Smith is well-qualified to address a key idea in my own study of strategy: Suppressed or hidden information can have great power.

Strategically speaking, over time, limiting ourselves to only certain information will prove detrimental to our overall health.

Information can contain power. Knowing everything there is to know about Hockey, for example, doesn't get you into Med School. Is has little power in that objective but what about a body of information that empowers individuals? That information should have great value - and not knowing the information exists or how to access it limits you. From this perspective, studying history from the limits of a local view, or having only a single holy book to balance your right from wrong are also traps. Contrary to the old saw - “
Ignorance is bliss...” - it turns out ignorance can be deadly. Close your mind and self-sabotage.

Dr. Smith documents the times, the culture, the modes and methods that surround the life of Jesus Christ, circa the Middle-East 2000+ years ago. He scours the facts, sources the myths and lists all the evidence to show that in those days, ordinary men and women coexisted with a more evolved kind of man and woman.

At the time of Jesus, the idea that ordinary people could manifest a lifestyle akin to living in « Heaven On Earth » was very prevalent and many small cults existed to show the way. People banded together in entrepreneurial ways and danced to the beat of their drummers.

Dr Morton explains that Jesus didn't just show up at age 30 and start preaching. From adolescence, he was trained by
the Essenes, a mystic cult devoted to re-establishing and managing God's kingdom on Earth.

The Essenes produced many great leaders understood that the Old Testament law interpreted as "
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth!" was the Action/Reaction principle explained as Newton's 3rd law of motion. Essenes taught the positive aspects of the law : Act positive and reap positive.

The New Testament is about the corollary to the law : If you encounter negative along the way, the ONLY way to overcome it (Action/Reaction) is with
more positive. Jesus saw positive energy in motion as love, and he embodied the whole of the law. As such, he must be God's chosen messiah. His life and death exemplify that greater love hath no man than to lay down his life for his brothers and sisters and testify his experience of God: The Father and I are ONE!

A great migration to a reign of peace and prosperity began the messianic age - See (
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Messianic_Age). When a tipping point between the elite few and the new direction was reached, sham trials and crucifixions became rampant. The elite used gear to squelch the move toward entering God's Kingdom by the masses of people by awaking in the eternal "here-now".

The Essenes schools taught ordinary humans how to communicate with, and serve a higher Ørder, a higher purpose, here on Earth. But in any community, when only a select few people have or dispense information on how to connect with the higher forces and Creator-powers, the secret tends to galvanize folks into
believers and non-believers. We believe (or not) in the power of "elite others" to connect with sacred power. Or not!

I enjoyed how Smith outlines the story of Jesus as told by insiders versus what was believed by the outsiders of his cult. He balances the different views with descriptions of magic and magical practices known at the time, before describing in every detail the evidence for magic results and miracles. History shows that people can indeed acquire the power of magicians.

And history supports that contention with the lives of real magicians across time. The
Newton, Da Vinci, Galileo, Kepler, Tesla, Darwin, and the rest were wise men and good sorcerers. People were often persecuted for the belief that Creator is indivisible from Creation. Unless people are strategic, they surely will pay for experiencing Creator.

[Of course persecution is managed by a ruling elite in the name of what they most hold good and most fear losing. Here’s a top list of 50 magical humans - http://4mind4life.com/blog/2008/03/30/list-of-geniuses-top-50-influential-minds/)]

What I conclude from my most recent read of «
Jesus The Magician » is that 2000 years ago in the Middle-East people knew success is the result of human effort and strategy. Working with the forces in Nature, people understood the process of magical emergence in Nature millennia ago: When the conditions are right, things magically appear!

Way back then, ordinary folks became magicians. They learned how to strategically influence events and circumstances to determine successful outcomes. If you explore the protomaya history of Mexico and tropical America, you'll see that the Jaguar-kings of America knew those secrets more than 3000 years ago.

In my book,
Invest in your creative capital, I expand on "peak psychological experiences" where brain/mind frequencies connect with higher Ørder as described in the Bible's - My Father and I are One. We can reach a state of grace and live there. The paradigmatic hic to all of this is that understanding FOLLOWS experience. Not believing in the law might be no excuse under the law - but non-believers still must act in spite of their disbelief in order to understand.

When we stop and think about it though, magic is easy enough to believe. It’s described as -
Causing change to occur in conformity with your will. It is in fact willing change - something every manager knows how to do.

A successful result will be attained if (1.) you identify and allot the resources needed for the transformation task and if (2.) you train participants in strategic thinking so they share a common vision of who, where, when and how to influence the process. And, of course success needs (3.) an efficient leadership empowered to command that magical operation.

Because we know how innovation
emerges organically in complex systems, strategic thinking allows us to take a more direct approach to influencing events and circumstances. We can create a environment that fosters innovative breakthroughs by learning the strategic thinking tools that facilitate the process and teaching them to every collaborator in the organization.

The organization must plan to be empowered and then manage the transformation process in order to reap the rewards of success. So the requirements are sound planning, disciplined work over time and training programs that keep people growing.

More about strategic thinking next time...