Awakened Leadership Brand Story
Grittiness and Experience
Brands typically trace their essence back to a founder’s story. Awakened Leadership is one of those brands. Alan Shelton, our founder, began his corporate career at Price Waterhouse in the 70’s doing Mergers & Acquisitions. At the same time Alan was addictively absorbed by his own spiritual journey. This two-headed monster became the focus of an entire lifetime. As luck would have it, Alan’s background was that of a hard working kid from the orange groves. His career and education, while effective, were seemingly a painted on cover. So his approach became one of on-the- ground engagement with life itself. Grittiness and experience would become the signature approach of how to live a life as a corporate animal and a spiritual being. Awakened Leadership is the brand story of exactly this life experience. Awakened Leadership proclaims unabashedly that spiritual transformation happens ‘here and now’ and that the corporate battlefield is the perfect ground for such a process.
The Path of Wisdom and Mentorship
Both seasoned leadership and spiritual awakening lead one to the same place. The tradition of mentors and spiritual masters are the tangible container facilitating individual movement. Alan was lucky to have corporate mentors in Stephen Covey and Peter Drucker along with many others. During his years in India Alan was mentored by Osho and Ramesh Balsekar. It is this traditional mentorship path that develops the seasoned presence so often felt in great leaders, spiritual or otherwise. There is no difference ultimately between a spiritual and a corporate journey.
Spiritual Seeking Corporate Leaders
For over 30 years Alan has constructed group mentorship processes for some of the largest companies in our world. His goal has always been to join the personal seeking and corporate leadership aspects of mentorship processes. For ultimately they are the same thing, which the Awakened Leadership brand loudly proclaims. After constructing and leading hundreds of these groups, Alan has for the first time made this approach available to outside spiritual seeking executives. There will only be one group formed and led by Alan and there will be only 15 seats in the group. If the compulsion to engage in a tangible mentorship process rages in your consciousness, you likely will want to claim a seat at the table.
Awakened Corporate Leadership
Mentorship for Executive Seekers
Are you a successful corporate animal who has been bitten by the spiritual seeking bug? Does this cause an itch that cannot seem to be scratched? Perhaps this is because we have been taught that spiritual seeking and corporate success live in different worlds and should never touch? The corporate world simply doesn’t account for this combination. When the spiritual path grabs the inner sanctum of corporate animals, it becomes addictive and challenges career success. Yet, there seems to be a dearth of resources to support inner life in the corporate arena.
It turns out that there is an arena in the corporate terrain in which the drivers are exactly that of a spiritual search. That space is called leadership. Great news is that we have a name for it. Not so great news is that there are few corporate leadership training programs, if any, that have experience with, understand, and can deliver the spiritual component. Rarely is the convergence of spiritual seeking and corporate leadership addressed, let alone embraced.
Your calling – should you choose to heed it – is to champion your transformation with awareness, authenticity, and applied awakening from an Awakened Corporate Leadership for at least 6-months, so you can stop feeling like you are going crazy and start connecting with like-minded professionals while accelerating your career success.
Awakened Leadership: The Book
Excerpt from Forward by Jerry Skillett, CEO Parkblue
“Alan taught me not to think. That doesn’t mean doing nothing; it means being available to quiet the endless self-talk so that the body-mind can do instinctively what it is meant to do, without getting in its own way. I suspect that artist have flashes of this; children have flashes of this; making love has flashes of this. But business? Surely not.
Wrong. Nothing could be more important and brilliant for a leader.
In the simple stories in this book, Alan has captured how life is lived through you. You will discover that if you choose to observe and fully participate—without judgment—in your own life, then everything unfolds naturally. In a business context, this experience is powerfully enjoyable.”
“This book describes one man’s search for spiritual awakening and how he manages to integrate the search with his roles as a business consultant and business leader. If you, too, are a seeker, and looking for inspiration that awakening is possible while in the midst of being a leader, this book will be a welcome companion.”
—Barbara Braham, PhD, MCC, Executive Coach and author of Finding Your Purpose
Alan, I need to address this endorsement to you. I cannot write about you and your book; third person is too far from you. You are the source; you demand and deserve connection and intimacy. And this is the essence of your massive contribution to the literature of leadership and to world culture: Connect with and become intimate with the source of consciousness within your own Being. How bold, how brave, how profound! You have studied this, lived this, taught this, and now you embody this. I bow to you with great love and respect.”
—Robert Rabbin, self-awareness teacher, leadership advisor, author of A Mystic in Corporate America and The 5 Principles of Authentic Living
“I was an executive for many years and have held many leadership positions. I’ve tried many approaches to leadership—with both dramatic success and failure. As I reflected on the stories in Awakened Leadership, they helped me get clear on experiences from my own past. I’ve always believed that storytelling is the best way to teach, and Alan Shelton is world class at both telling the story and ensuring that the golden core of insight is clear. The whole book resonated strongly with my heart . . . and soul.”
—Hank Queen, Consultant, Axelrod Group
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