I took the Landmark Forum, Forum in Action & Landmark Advance. The work gave me the tools to see what was holding me back. And how to make the changes to create a better life without constraints. I found a new identity of generosity and let the old one of needing approval go. I increased my ability to be aware of life in the moment and very simply love my life everyday.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
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Sunday, October 14, 2018
Some of you know about Landmark Education (www.landmarkworldwide.com) while some of you are hearing about it for the first time. I was introduced to Landmark in 1996 by one of my good friend. I was at home, he came over, started talking general stuff, then suddenly he asked me, “Do you have money?”, I said I might have some, he grew up in Saudi, always seemed a nice guy, we got along quite well, then he said “Do you want to improve your life?”, I found it hilarious, thought he was trying to trick me or something, controlling my laughter I requested him to elaborate on what he was trying to tell me, he went on to explain what it was and that’s how my relationship with Landmark began. I signed-up for the Landmark Forum, liked it a lot, got everyone in my family to participate, went on to do the Advanced Course, participated in the seminar series, signed up for the Self-Expression and Leadership Program (SELP), turns out that as part of this program all the participants needed to do a project, any project of their choice and liking, I listened to some of the participants projects, was very impressed, for some reason I could not figure out what project I wanted to take on myself, decided to quit mid-way, never went back to Landmark again.
After about 12 years later, in Mar 2008, got up one day, out of the blue, googled up Landmark, got their phone number, called them up, registered for the upcoming Forum in May 2008 at San Jose, was happy to be back. The first day of the program was awesome, brought back old memories, the second day was trouble, how should I put this, well, there was this one amazing girl, I simply adored and worshiped her like for a couple of years then, me being a hopeless romantic and all, got over-inspired by the program leader, called her up, asked her to be my girl-friend, not a good idea, I know what you are thinking, maybe the relationship will work-out, anyways, she outright rejected me, I was sad, we never spoke again, that was that. I went on to do the Advanced Course, Seminar Series, Access to Power Communication Course, Power to Create Communication Course, finally signed up for the Introduction Leadership Program, did not want to go anywhere near the SELP program, was very excited about everything, half way through the program, just like before, my enthusiasm level dropped, I wanted to quit, started skipping some of the sessions, the program leader gave me a couple of warnings, finally removed me out of the ILP.
There’s more. It never ends, does it. Couple of months ago, just before thanks-giving, I introduced myself to one of the senior leaders, shared about my views on life, requested him to allow me to contribute at Landmark in a higher capacity level, he liked my thoughts and ideas, got me in touch with one of the project leaders working on creating a revolutionary online educational and transformational program for the graduates, I just spent the past five hours completing an online survey, answering questions about my creative, technical and ontological skill-sets, tomorrow at 7 pm I have my first call with the project lead, hoping to be selected for this project, it’s one of my dream project, wish me luck.
So what you gather from all of this, the question that we can ask our-self is did we quit on something we could not figure out, start losing our enthusiasm, simply moved on for twelve years, get kicked out of something important to us, stop participating, stop observing our actions, take the ignorant pathway, over-express our-self, stop brainstorming, stop being a good friend. If the answer is yes, then now is the time to be over-inspired, to take a deep breath, to set our priorities straight, to find the right balance, to find our self-confidence, to seek wisdom, to eat healthy, to grow and prosper, to forgive someone, to be gentle, to pursue our dreams, to light the fire inside us, to know we are safe, to be grateful, to heal our wounds, to introduce our-self to a leader, to admire our heroes, to live our dream life. “Landmark, thank you for being part of my life, being a leader is always in my heart and mind, as much as I have struggled to make progress, I promise that I will do whatever it takes to build a strong relationship with becoming more effective at enrolling people into Landmark”. Finally, I strongly recommend Landmark’s programs for all of you and your loved ones.
Saturday, October 13, 2018
In the video Integrity a New Model we present a positive model of integrity that, as we distinguish and define integrity, provides powerful access to increased performance for individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. Our model reveals the causal link between integrity and increased performance, quality of life, and value-creation for all entities, and provides access to that causal link. Integrity is thus a factor of production as important as knowledge and technology, yet its major role in productivity and performance has been largely hidden or unnoticed, or even ignored by economists and others.
In this new model, we distinguish all four phenomena - integrity, morality, ethics, and legality - as existing within two separate realms. Integrity exists in a positive realm devoid of normative content. Integrity is thus not about good or bad, or right or wrong, or what should or should not be. Morality, ethics and legality exist in a normative realm of virtues (that is, they are about good and bad, right and wrong, or what should or should not be). Furthermore, within their respective realms, each of the four phenomena is distinguished as belonging to a distinct and separate domain, and the definition of each as a term is made clear, unambiguous, and non-overlapping.
We distinguish the domain of integrity as the objective state or condition of an object, system, person, group, or organizational entity, and, consistent with the first two of the three definitions in Webster's dictionary, define integrity as a state or condition of being whole, complete, unbroken, unimpaired, sound, perfect condition.
For an individual we distinguish integrity as a matter of that person's word being whole and complete. For a group or organizational entity we define integrity as that group's or organization's word being whole and complete. A group's or organization's word consists of what is said between the people in that group or organization, and what is said by or on behalf of the group or organization. In that context, we define integrity for an individual, group, or organization as: honoring one's word.
We assert that integrity (the condition of being whole and complete) is a necessary condition for workability, and that the resultant level of workability determines the available opportunity for performance. Hence, the way we treat integrity in our model provides an unambiguous and actionable access to the opportunity for superior performance, no matter how one defines performance.
We demonstrate that the application of cost-benefit analysis to honoring your word guarantees that you will be untrustworthy. And that, with one exception, you will not be a person of integrity, thereby reducing both the workability of your life and your opportunity for performance. The one exception to this form of being out of integrity is, if when giving your word you have announced that you will apply cost-benefit analysis to honoring your word. In this case you have maintained your integrity, but you have also announced that you are an unmitigated opportunist. The virtually automatic application of cost-benefit analysis to one's integrity (an inherent tendency in most of us) lies at the heart of much out-of-integrity and untrustworthy behavior in modern life.
Oversimplifying somewhat, honoring your word, as we define it, means you either keep your word, or as soon as you know that you will not, you say that you will not be keeping your word to those who were counting on your word and clean up any mess you caused by not keeping your word. By keeping your word we mean doing what you said you would do and by the time you said you would do it.
Honoring your word is also the route to creating whole and complete social and working relationships. In addition, it provides an actionable pathway to earning the trust of others.
In summary, we show that defining integrity as honoring one's word (as we have defined honoring one's word): 1) provides an unambiguous and actionable access to the opportunity for superior performance and competitive advantage at both the individual and organizational level, and 2) empowers the three virtue phenomena of morality, ethics and legality.
Regarding the relationship between integrity, and the three virtue phenomena of morality, ethics and legality, this new model: 1) encompasses all four terms in one consistent theory, 2) makes clear and unambiguous the moral compasses potentially available in each of the three virtue phenomena, and 3) by revealing the relationship between honoring the standards of the three virtue phenomena and performance (including being complete as a person and the quality of life), raises the likelihood that the now clear moral compasses can actually shape human behavior. This all falls out primarily from the unique treatment of integrity in our model as a purely positive phenomenon, independent of normative value judgments.
Friday, October 5, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
The film "Transformation: The Life and Legacy of Werner Erhard" was screened at the University of Pennsylvania's Bioethics Film Festival in April 2016. Following the screening, Werner Erhard--founder of Erhard Seminars Training (est)--discussed the film with Penn professor Jonathan Moreno. This is the full version of their discussion.