An Integral Approach to management and human development based on the spiritual vision of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother with an emphasis on its application to various domains of knowledge and life.
[Published in Fourth Dimension Inc: Towards Integral management, Jan 2011, : http://fdi.sriaurobindosociety.org.in/cms/index.php]
Knowledge, Talent and Skill are the source of performance in education and work. But what is not fully recognized in modern management or educational thought is that behind outer forms of knowledge, talent or skill, there are corresponding inner faculties, which are their psychological source. For example behind the genius of Einstein there is a highly developed intellectual, scientific and intuitive faculties of knowledge. Similarly behind the competence, skill or achievement of a high-performing entrepreneur or manager there is a well-developed pragmatic and executive faculties of action. For maximizing the performance of individuals we have to identify these inner psychological faculties and develop all its potentialities consciously through appropriate methods. Here is a broad outline of faculties, which have to be developed for realizing the full psychological potentialities of the individual.
Some of these faculties develop partially, unconsciously and indirectly in the course of study, work, life and action. For example, academic, scientific, philosophical, mathematical studies, research or work, develop the rational, analytical and conceptual intelligence. Similarly technological, managerial, professional and entrepreneurial work develops the pragmatic intelligence. But if we can supplement this mostly externalized process of learning and development by a more inward, direct, psychological process by which our inner faculties of knowledge, feeling and action are consciously and systematically activated enlarged and developed to their highest potential, then it may possibly lead to a fuller and more accelerated development of our productive capacities.
This brings us to the question how to do it? The development of some of these faculties like concentration, mindfulness, ethical sense, will power are discussed in greater detain in the earlier issues of FDI. (September, October, November, 2010) The other faculties will be discussed in our subsequent issues as part of corresponding themes.