11/21/2013 06:17 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

Disruption in the World of Commerce

Maybe you have felt it: a profound sense of change in the world's commerce. It's hard not to notice that old strategies and the long-established practices are outdated. The leadership skills are old-fashioned. Communication which is at high speed has lost its intimacy.

This sense of change is the massive shift of a disruption that is happening across all fronts of business, technology, innovation and leadership.

The disruption represents a more philosophically evolved universe, and the shift is moving toward a world where business is about humanity, creativity is about synchronicity, and technology is about interconnectedness.

In this new view, our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results.

This disruption will reveal the limitations of consumption, deniability, thoughtlessness, and vanity and as a result, we will face shortages of greed, denial, blindness, conceit and narrow-mindedness. For instance:

Consumption. We are beginning to see our appetite for material consumption and money as unsustainable. If we acquire, we want more, and when we get more we want more than that. It is a never-ending vicious cycle with no substance.

Deniability. When we deny our responsibility, the cause and effect of our actions, we deny the idea that there is meaning to the things we do.

Thoughtlessness. When we are thoughtless, we create needless struggle. Thoughtlessness originates in insensitivity and a lack of perception, compassion and empathy.

Vanity. Exposure of narcissistic, arrogant, and self-important individuals will be their undoing as we evolve in this disruption. We will come to see that everyone is important and that commerce is not an I world but a we world.

Deception. Technology makes it harder to keep dishonesty hidden. Increased intereconnectedness exposes deceit, and deception will not prevail.

Our own desire for more has created a great imbalance that, in turn, has created enormous problems for our businesses, our people, and our world.

The disruption calls us back to recenter and engage in integration -- the process in which separate elements are linked together into a working whole.

Integration is at the heart of how we will connect to one another in healthy ways, by honoring our differences while keeping our character strong and our communication open. It will lead us to a commerce grounded in creativity and engagement.

The disruption of commerce is asking us to embrace integration of heart and mind, creativity, innovation and relationships into our lives and our business.

Without interconnectedness, we have a commerce and a life of chaos and rigidity. Up to now, our commerce has been based on explosive consumption and unpredictability, which is unsustainable on any front. The disruption of commerce connects freedom to vitality and well-being.

How do we make sure we're on board? By raising our own ethical standards and challenging those around us to do the same. By using our technology and our business knowledge wisely. By subscribing to a view of business governed by our values, our actions, and our quality of relationships.

We're all being called to be more awake, more alert, more responsive, more mindful, more concerned, more compassionate -- to do business in a way that's based on serving others while the way of honoring ourselves.

The disruption is asking us to open our eyes to see, our ears to hear and our heart to feel.
Understanding the impact of this larger balance sheet, and expressing it through our business in the global market, is the heart of this disruption.

This new sense of awareness and integrity can lead us toward a world where business is known for its consciousness, its sustainability, the good it does.

If we are going to live in a world worth living in, and if we are going to create business that is worth the effort we put into it, we must each one of us stand up with courage and become part of the disruption. You are the leader of your world, and the world needs you to make it right.

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