We’re complicated people. We have multiple sides to ourselves – conflicting wants, desires and fears. The outside world is no less confusing and contradictory. If we’re not careful, all these forces – pushing and pulling – will eventually tear us apart. We can’t live as both Jekyll and Hyde. Not for long, especially in business.

We have a choice: as a stoic said:

“You must diligently work either on your own reasoning or on things out of your control – take great care with the inside and not what’s outside, which is to say, stand with the philosopher, or else with the mob!”

Hence, we have a choice to focus strenuously on the inside, or to behave like a leader of a mob, becoming whatever the crowd needs at a given moment.

If we do not focus on your internal integration – on self-awareness, we risk external and business disintegration.

Do you agree?