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Miracle-Minded Management: A New Paradigm in Leadership

The world is full of paradigms, many of which are never challenged. We work a certain number of hours or days to get a job done. We dress a certain way to fit in. We eat at certain times of the day. We get degrees to get good jobs. We fuel our cars with gasoline. We go to the doctor or take medicine when we get sick. We think more is good and bigger is better. We think that by following these rules we will be effective – and in many cases we are, in the short run.

There is now a major paradigm shift unfolding in the world of leadership and management. With more and more emphasis on mindfulness, consciousness and awareness, people are “waking up” to the exciting fields of energetics, epigenetics and the power of mind-over-matter. Put another way, what spiritual and religious leaders have been saying for centuries is now proving true in quantum physics labs and scientific circles around the world. So, what is this paradigm shift taking place in leadership? What is the old, traditional model we have grown up with, and what is the new one?

For example, consider this paradigm shift---

Traditional Management Box:

Ego-based – Dualistic: Us-Them,







Isolated, Functional – “Me-opic” (What’s in it for me?)

Divisive, Silo’d

Separates people and activities

Competing and comparing

Win-lose mindset

Command and control

Push-oriented; Force, Direct, Enable

Argumentative; right-wrong dichotomy

Aggressive; Attack and defend

Protect yourself; Cover your butt

Blame; Point fingers; Make excuses

Stubborn and resistant

Never satisfied; Always need more

Proud; Our side is better than your side

Academic and intellectual



  Miracle-Minded Management Thinking:

Spirit-based; In-Spirit, Inspiring, Positive, Creative, Contemplative 

Fearless, Enthusiastic, Eager, Confident, Authentic, Faithful

Interdependent – “We-Opic” (What’s in it for We?)

United; Think in terms of Oneness, At-One-Ment

Integrates people and activities; Connects

Cooperating and sharing; Synergistic

Win-win mindset

Influential, intriguing, light-hearted, and magnetic

Pull-oriented; Attract, Empower


Peaceful; Harmonious, Fun

Honest and genuine; Admit mistakes

Forgiving; Understanding; Compassionate

Open and resilient

Grateful and appreciative

Humble; Nothing to prove

Wise and intelligent

Mindful and present


John J. Murphy, author of Miracle Minded Manager: A Modern-Day Parable about How to Apply A Course in Miracles in Business John J. Murphy is a global business consultant, speaker, spiritual mystic, "zentrepreneur,” and award-winning author. He is Founder (1988) and CEO of Venture Management Consultants, Inc., a firm specializing in creating lean, high performance work environments.

As a business consultant, Murphy has delivered services to some of the world’s leading organizations, including ADP, AlliedSignal (Honeywell), BMW, Chase, the CIA, GE, GM, GSK, Hilton, Lockheed Martin, Merck, the Michigan State Senate, Perrigo, Prudential, Raytheon, Spectrum Health, Target Stores, Teva, and the US Navy. As an educator and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Murphy has trained thousands of people from over 50 countries, including Fortune 500 executives, project leaders, military leaders, managers, and black belts. He has mentored dozens of project teams in Organizational Development, Operational Excellence, Business Process Innovation and Lean Six Sigma applications. As a speaker, Murphy has delivered keynotes and seminars worldwide. A critically-acclaimed authority on peak performance, transformational leadership and healthy mind-body-spirit, Murphy is a best-selling author who has published 19 books and appeared on over 400 radio and television stations and his work has been featured in over 50 newspapers nationwide.

Murphy is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (BBA Finance) and the University of Michigan’s Human Resource Executive Program. He is also a former quarterback for Notre Dame.



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