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A never heard before reckoning phrase discussed during the podcast by Barret was “Potentially Limiting Values”. This may sound like a very hard to grasp concept as no one ever told us that ‘values can limit us and our progress’. But, it is easy-to-consume as you read along.
Invention of Potentially Limiting Values
During The xMonks Drive conversation led by Gaurav Arora, Richard clarified the meaning of potentially limiting values. A term exclusively coined by Richard that is now a corporate culture talk of organisational functioning.
“Yeah, this is something I invented 25 years ago. And I realised that there are positive values. I’ll name just a few commitment, honesty, transparency, creativity, friendship, love, etc. But then, there are others and then there are certain behaviours that go with those. Now, there are other behaviours, which are driven by different parts of our psychic entity, the fears of the ego, which causes us to do things like plain and internal competition in an organisation, jealousy. Now, some potentially limiting values are always potentially limiting.
So for example, blame is almost always potentially limiting. Because when you do that, when you behave in that way, use that value, it creates separation. And, and separation means that you’re not going to get along with people. So that’s why I call these limiting values potentially limiting And we don’t know exactly how limiting them until we realise that we’re actually operating with these limiting values and we’ve taken a good solid look at ourselves and go, Wow, yeah, that really is potentially limiting”, replied Richard.
So to name a few Positive Values and Potentially Limiting Values, here they are-
Positive Values- Honest, Integrity, Openness, Equality, Creativity, Human Rights, etc.
Limiting Values- Bureaucracy, Power, Status, Manipulation, Greed, Blame, etc.