And can anyone please try to explain to me why so many businesses fall for this type of New Age coaching? Is it just that they are being deceived and manipulated (as suggested by Dr. Singer), or do you think there is a real interest in the pseudo-science and other nonsense these gurus are promoting?
I don't know about this one in particular, Mike.
But I'll take a stab at they why. I don't think they have any interest in the pseudo-science. That's good bait for the individual seekers who want the high of mental masturbation, but it doesn't have the attraction of directly adding to the bottom line of a business. From what I've seen, they get deceived for two reasons:
1. They get sold on the idea that it produces results -- more productive employees with better ideas turn things around, yada yada yada. I'm sure you heard or can imagine the pitch. And some probably do produce results. As others have pointed out here before, an obedient, structured and robotic work force, properly led, can't help but be more [i:a092cb1aa1]immediately [/i:a092cb1aa1]productive to business than people who think for themselves (I do think in the long term you can't beat creativity and individuality, however).
2. Some poor manager has a performance objective to meet that involves team building for his team. He/she has no real clue on how to meet this objective, so they, like the blind squirrel, go in search of something, anything that they can sign up for so they can check that objective off their list. They run across something that looks like it would qualify, don't do a lot, if any, due diligence, and sign up. The song and dance show doesn't have to be that good to win their interest. They aren't putting a whole lot of thought into it. In their eyes, what's the harm?
I've had to sit through a score of the #2 choices -- thankfully none of them have been like this crap, but I expect that lucky streak to run out eventually.
I wonder about a third option, however. As more and more people go through the LGAT factories, many advance in the ranks of business to the point where the can make the decision to bring these groups in. They make a fully aware decision to subject the workforce to this. You're seeing it at the clinic you've spoken of, why not in business too? Remember their mission -- transform the world!!
Thanks for the info -- keep us informed!