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Spiritual Management

Spiritual Management

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 Introduction to spiritual management 
Management is primarily managing people. God is also at work in people constantly strivingtowards their integral development. This is personal humanism. Management is essentially amatter of cooperating with this invisible ally in empowering and managing people. Certainspecific dimensions of man-management such as believing in people, being open to people andtheir ideas, acknowledging them in private and public, serving and loving them etc can drawinspiration from this spiritual vision of business. People would then be considered not as objectsto be used but as persons to be related to. The very idea of Servant Leadership is stronglygrounded in the notion of a faith-inspired stewardship of management. Thus the social and personal humanism provided by faith vision, brings management and spirituality together on thesame common meeting ground.In this modern world the art of Management has become a part and parcel of everyday life, be itat home, in the office or factory and in Government. In all organizations, where a group of human beings assemble for a common purpose irrespective of caste, creed, and religion,management principles come into play through the management of resources, finance and planning, priorities, policies and practice. Management is a systematic way of carrying outactivities in any field of human effort. Management need to focus more on leadership skills, e.g.,establishing vision and goals, communicating the vision and goals, and guiding others toaccomplish them. It also assert that leadership must be more facilitative, participative andempowering in how visions and goals are established and carried out. Some people assert thatthis really isn't a change in the management functions, rather it's re-emphasizing certain aspectsof management.Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their weaknesses irrelevant, saysthe Management Guru Peter Drucker. It creates harmony in working together - equilibrium inthoughts and actions, goals and achievements, plans and performance, products and markets. Itresolves situations of scarcity, be they in the physical, technical or human fields, throughmaximum utilization with the minimum available processes to achieve the goal. Lack of management causes disorder, confusion, wastage, delay, destruction and even depression.
 
Managing men, money and materials in the best possible way, according to circumstances andenvironment, is the most important and essential factor for a successful management.The interpretation of spirituality and spirituality in the workplace as a starting point for consideration, with the recognition that each individual may have his/her own personaldefinitions:
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The innate human attribute in spirituality. All people bring this as an integral part of themselves to the workplace. Spirituality is a state or experience that can provideindividuals with direction or meaning, or provide feelings of understanding, support,inner wholeness or connectedness. Connectedness can be to themselves, other people,nature, the universe, a god, or some other supernatural power.
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The ³vertical´ component in spirituality ± a desire to transcend the individual ego or  personality self. The name you put on the vertical component might be God, Spirit,Universe, Higher Power or something else. There are a great many names for this verticaldimension. This dimension is experienced as a conscious sense of profound connection tothe Universe/God/Spirit. This might be experienced internally as moments of awe or peak experiences. A strong, sustained vertical component reflects in outer behaviors as a person (or group) who is centered and able to tap into deep inner strength and wisdom.Generally quiet time, time in nature, or other reflective activities or practices are requiredto access the ³vertical´ component of our spirituality. Examples of the verticalcomponent of spirituality might be meditation rooms, time for shared reflection, silence before meetings, ecumenical prayer, and support for employees to take time off for spiritual development.
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The ³horizontal´ component in spirituality ± a desire to be of service to other humans andthe planet. In the horizontal we seek to make a difference through our actions. Thisdimension is manifested externally. A person with a strong ³vertical connection´ who isalso able to demonstrate the ³horizontal dimension´ has a clear grasp on his/her mission,ethics, values. A strong ³horizontal´ component is demonstrated by a service orientation,compassion, and well-aligned vision/mission and values that are carried out in productiveeffective services and products.
 
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Spirituality in the workplace means that employees find nourishment for both the verticaland horizontal dimensions of their spirituality at work. Spirituality in the Workplace isabout individuals and organizations seeing work as a spiritual path, as an opportunity togrow and to contribute to society in a meaningful way. It is about care, compassion andsupport of others; about integrity and people being true to themselves and others. Itmeans individuals and organizations attempting to live their values more fully in thework they do. Examples of vertical organizational spirituality include: meditation time atthe beginning of meetings, retreat or spiritual training time set aside for employees,appropriate accommodation of employee prayer practices, and openly asking questions totest if company actions are aligned with higher meaning and purpose. Companies with astrong sense of the horizontal will generally demonstrate some or all of the following:caring behaviors among co-workers; a social responsibility orientation; strong servicecommitments to customers; environmental sensitivity; and a significant volume of community service activities. The vertical and horizontal dimensions should be wellintegrated ± so that motivations (sourced from the vertical) and actions (horizontalmanifestations) are explicitly linked. We will be honoring organizations that arefinancially sound, sustainable, and effective, as well as focused on greater meaning and purpose. We believe that when done properly, Spirit at Work enhances the overall valueof the organization.
alues of spirituality
 
Spirituality is shown in a workplace when the following activities are included:
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B
ereavement programs.
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Wellness information displayed and distributed.
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Employee Assistance Programs.
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Programs that integrate work/family.
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Management systems that encourage personal and spiritual transformation.
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Servant leadership ± the desire to serve others first in preference to self.
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Stewardship ± leadership practices that support growth and well-being of others.
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Diversity programs that create inclusive cultures.

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