7 levels of personal and business consciousness

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Consciousness is “the ability of the human being to recognize the surrounding reality and to relate to it, as well as the immediate or spontaneous knowledge that the subject has of himself, of his actions and reflections.” Moreover, consciousness helps to solve problems; it helps go within yourself, “introspect” wisely to find answers.

The 7 levels of consciousness of Richard Barret: 

Level 1: Survival 

The first three levels are called “self-interest” by Barrett. The focus is on guaranteeing survival not only physiological -health, eating, sleeping-, but also safety -income, housing-. It is a tangible, physical, concrete level. 

The companies should be aware of occupational health and should have the appropriate structure to function to earn profit and benefits. Moreover, in attaining and calculating the balance of satisfaction with the collaborators, and in assuring the sustainability of the businesses as a means to be able to function, without terminating to think about a more superior objective.

Level 2: Relationships 

To translate it to the organizational world, it is reproduced in loyalty, the internal climate, the value chain. Furthermore, with the communication with others with similar interests, affiliated links with other representatives, social relationships of the sector, fostering agreements, alliances, and common business. 

Level 3: Self-esteem – esteem 

This level is achieved by affection, prestige, respect, and with the recognition of others and oneself; also, with achievement and differentiation, from the construction of self-leadership and self-confidence. Moreover, for companies, this level strengthens the self-esteem which further leads to get success as a team. However, the stimuli of extrinsic motivation such as the emotional salary -which is not remunerative-, in the form of congratulations, recognition, and listening skills. Used well, quality feedback can also foster corporate self-esteem, as well as continuous improvement of processes, quality, and good practices, ethics, and shared values.

Level 4: Transformation 

Richard Barrett generates j4 levels of consciousness, this being the trigger for higher levels trailing the common good.

The level is concerned with personal development, evolution, lifelong learning, and the unfolding of potential. It is a stage of evolution and learning from the permanent desire to question, search and explore in consciousness.

To bring it to the world of organizations, this translates into the need for continuous evolution, reinvention, and innovation. The cultural change in a company begins at this level of consciousness. For attaining this level, the company will need to work on team cohesion and on generating improvements and challenging opportunities that transform challenges into cooperative learning; and in generating transversal transformations.

Level 5:

The idea represented by Barret is to leave “I” and focus on “we” this formula applies to individuals and companies. The consciousness of shared vision is applied where there are values at stake that are the ingredients that unite them: trust, integrity, honesty, communication, authenticity. Moreover, companies can reinforce these aspects by attracting the best talent, creating opportunities for meetings, team building, generating a community that creates a strong and solid culture, consistent and sustainable over time, and acceptance of a common cause often achieves this cohesion.

Level 6: Contribution 

This level talks about the contributions of value as an individual in society. It can be said in this manner that the part of legacy and leaving a mark on society. Moreover in companies, the value of the contribution is directly proportional to the customer, products, and services. Like providing equal opportunity treatment to suppliers viewing them as strategic partners is part of this spirit of contribution, and raises the level of consciousness since it goes beyond the merely transactional. However, this creates an increase in the level of consciousness and is connected to the transcendent legacy. The result over time will be to leave a mark on the market segment where they operate.

Level 7: Service 

At this level people connect with a greater purpose: Why did we come to this world? What is my role? What legacy am I going to leave? This level deals with the greater good rather than focusing on self-interest. Moreover, in the world of business, it is the level of consciousness to solidify and work in the long term through ethics, to think about the generations to come, to make valuable contributions to humanity; in corporate social responsibility and friendly dynamics with the environment and inclusion policies of all kinds.