What’s your story?
I learnt early on that life provides the things you need. Synchronicity is an out-of-the-blue coincidence that provides answers to current questions without any logical reason. In 1995 I needed $15,000 to balance the books and 10 minutes later was asked to do a workshop in Beijing with a fee of $15,000.
My book The 9 Keys of Synchronicity, based on my PhD in synchronicity and leadership, answers the question, “what factors facilitate synchronicity?” Synchronicities have been responsible for much of my success working as a team coach in 63 countries over the last 40 years.
What excites you most about your industry?
We are living in an age when new scientific discoveries are fundamentally changing the way that we work. The logical, linear ideas of Isaac Newton, which have served us so well for 300 years, no longer explain how the world works. Quantum mechanics has shown us that the world is energetically entangled and connected in ways that we had not imagined. We are living at a time when partnership between head and heart, between logic and intuition, are driving new frontiers of knowledge and understanding about how to develop effective organizations and leaders and teams in a changing world.
What drives you in business to push beyond what other people consider normal?
I believe that it is our duty as consultants and coaches, and trainers to continually search for new ideas and ways of thinking about how to live in this wonderful, complicated world. I’m not happy to accept the status quo. Synchronicity and intuition, which had long been outlawed in a business setting, are now challenging the logical, linear business paradigm and helping us understand that we need heart as well as head if we are to be successful in today’s complex world.
What have been the most useful skills you have learnt and applied in your journey?
I rely on that still small voice of intuition which has answer to issues that logic alone cannot give. Persistence to stick to my belief in synchronicity. Curiosity about issues that are often ignored is crucial when understanding how to apply synchronicity to organisations. And finally, living in the present moment and maintaining a hopeful mindset is absolutely crucial. In my research I discovered 9 keys that can help with the manifestation of synchronicity, and today I am one of the few people globally helping organisations to understand and apply these keys to everyday problems.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice I ever had came from David Cooperrider, PhD, who I was lucky enough to have as my research supervisor. He said, “if one sheep can yodel, there is a possibility that all sheep can yodel”. This has helped me pursue thoughts and ideas, even when there was opposition from others, with the knowledge that synchronicity could be a game changer in today’s world.
Who inspires you?
It’s not just one individual that inspires me; I’m inspired by men and women around the globe who stick to their guns with intuitive ideas that others want to reject. After presenting my 9 keys of synchronicity to audiences all over the world, people often share with me that synchronicity has always happened to them but that nobody listened and that my 9 keys give a structure to understand how to manifest success.
What have you learnt recently that blew you away?
There is compelling evidence to suggest that the physical heart is coupled to a field of information that is not bound by the classical limits of time and space. This evidence comes from a rigorous experimental study that demonstrated that the heart receives and processes information about a future event before the event happens. The study’s results provide surprising data showing that both the heart and brain receive and respond to pre-stimulus information about a future event before the event occurs. Dr Rollin McCraty, HeartMath Institute.
If you had your time again, what would you do differently?
I would listen to my intuitive voice earlier in my life so that I could use it more powerfully in all the different situations that I have faced. Too often, I have followed logic alone in trying to solve problems. If I had my life all over again, I would let head and heart partner together in finding answers.
How do you unwind?
I love to unwind most by being in nature which is both healing and inspiring. When I am surrounded by trees or next to the ocean, I am inspired and renewed to face some of the toughest problems and situations in my life. And I love watching football (the English version). In football, there is a performance appraisal every match, and I love what it teaches about leadership and teamwork.
What is a major mindset change, belief shift or ‘ah ha’ moment that you’ve experienced in relation to your business?
The most significant new understanding in my life has been to realize that we live in a supportive universe that “has our back”. This means that when we are facing difficulties, we need to realize that answers to those difficulties are all around us hiding in plain view. All we need to do is to recognize this and sensitise our awareness to unpack the answers.
Everyone in business should read this book:
The 9 Keys of Synchronicity. Based on new field research examining ideas from physics, biology, spirituality, and psychology and outlines 9 factors that unlock doors to possibility.
“Philip’s brilliant book doesn’t only give a solid overview of the main synchronicity thinkers and their theories but also 9 keys towards practical applications. A must-read in these revolutionary times.”
DR FONS TROMPENAARS
“In this beautiful book, Philip Merry expertly helps you understand and enhance your capacity for noticing, opening, and appreciating synchronicity in your life. The 9 Keys of Synchronicity is a fun, engaging, and meaningful book!”
RYAN M. NIEMIEC, PSY.D.
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“The brilliance of Philip Merry’s 9 Keys of Synchronicity is that it is written with so much ease and remarkable clarity, and will cause you to look into your own life’s mirror and to realise the vast potentials that are incredibly within your grasp. Philip is a world leader in the application of the science of synchronicity to leadership, and he takes us on a wonderful intellectual and spiritual tour of appreciating the amazing powers of synchronicity and the life-changing and leadership-enlivening potentials of opening our hearts and minds to a deeper way of being in the world.”
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This interview is part of the CallumConnects series.