Conscious Human Intention in the Workplace

In late 2014 I completed an academic study in conjunction with a business masters degree through the University of Leicester in the UK. The title of the thesis was “Conscious Human Intention in the Workplace” and it focused on the theories surrounding our abilities as humans to energetically influence the world around us, including how it might relate to process improvements in organizations.

As a part of the study, Canadian employees across Canada were asked to take a survey about the experiences they had involving their last workplace improvement initiative. The invitation was sent to project managers, quality professionals, LEAN and Six Sigma practitioners, and Change Management professionals through member associations and other organizations within those communities of practice.

Thank you to all who participated. You can connect to a pdf file summary of the study by clicking here. For quick reading, I suggest you focus on the literature review from 4-14 and the secondary data from pages 19-22. That way, the thesis subject will be a shorter read in story form along with interesting summaries of peer reviewed studies to back it up.

You can also access a pdf file version of the presentation given to the American Society for Quality (ASQ) Ottawa Chapter and the Ottawa Creative Thinking Group by clicking here.

Although the survey results did not provide a conclusive answer to the questions put forward by the thesis, the journey to completing the study revealed some extraordinary insights into human intention and future research into its use in the workplace. The most surprising insight was just how parallel in growth to the mind altering theories of quantum physics other disciplines were, including the studies of philosophy, social sciences, biology, and management theories and practices. Even W. Edwards Deming, the most respected quality management guru of the 20th century, was a proponent of these emerging theories at the end of his long life through his seminal work, The System of Profound Knowledge. Other research referenced in this study showed the results of human intention at work, including its use in statistically altering crime cycles, and the findings that placebo results in a medical study activated a different section of brain activity than normally expected.

Please read the study and let me know your thoughts, views, and stories by posting a comment. Feel free to post a link to this page so others can access the study and provide comments as well.

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