Does the phrase, “Unity we stand, divided we fall” have any relevance to today’s need for business agility or strong and decisive leadership? Be it business, with friends or family, when is separation as quick or effective as integration?

ntegrating your thoughts, words, and actions will always give you more power, agility, and flow than trying to do it with mixed emotions and/or alone.

In the difficult times we are entering, the more you integrate yourself and then integrate with those around you, the more agile and successful you will be in navigating the growing uncertainty, which is now appearing more quickly and in larger doses.

To integrate literally means to make a whole and how effective or strong do you think you could be if you were to break into pieces? While it’s very important for a department or team to focus on the task at hand, creating barriers (knowingly or not) across the entire organization increases the risk of ignoring threats and opportunities.

It works at all levels of any organization, including your own body. In fact, more and more evidence is emerging every day that suggests an increased risk of illness or disability by becoming unconscious or neglecting your body parts. In fact, studies show cancer thrives in areas of the body that don’t receive enough oxygen! Extrapolate this evidence to organizations and what happens to dedicated people in groups who feel disconnected, pressured or excluded? Who doesn’t get mad at being ignored? Wouldn’t you also start to focus on everything but the critical task at hand? Feeling unheard makes us humans naturally start looking for other options or alternatives to make us feel whole.

Integration is broken without a continuous flow of energy and information flowing to all parts of the body concerned. Whether it’s a business entity or your own, the more passionate and agile you are, the more you can depend on it, even under increasing pressure. Keeping secrets, hiding or concealing the truth or covering up pain will ultimately consume more energy than simply releasing the intended information outright, then facing the consequences. Ask anyone with a solid conscience in politics or the financial sector… you know you can release the information and move on to the next issue or you can lease it back and continue to pay to restrict access.

Often, renting back your scam means paying interest, which adds up. If you’re still doubting this cheap lesson of wisdom, ask anyone involved in undercover. Be it personal, corporate and/or political, and regardless of the tactical success, ask a wise participant how much it costs and listen with all your senses for their answers. If they are honest, you will get a fair conclusion about the stress, pain, and loss of integrity involved. If not, feel the energy it still takes to keep the controversial issue under wraps.

Want an easy lesson on this? Think back to a presentation you made for which you weren’t fully prepared. Be it business or school; think about how much energy it takes to try not to look nervous.

How good was the result? If you were lucky and made it through, how energized would you feel for the rest of the day? How well did you sleep that night? If you get caught, is it because you realized you weren’t actually fooling anyone? Never forget, the body (be it your company or yours) does not have the capacity to lie. It can hide a lot of things, but more and more people are learning where to look for the truth. Whether with the help of the Internet or simply learning to read body language and messages in front of you, the truth is always available to those who are willing and trained to see it.

With the advent of the Internet, more and more hidden secrets are being revealed regarding all kinds of leaders, organizations and institutions. Conspiracies and urban myths begin to be exposed from the local clergy to the highest levels of your politics and business.

The costs are too high and the fraud net is too complex to maintain. To be and stay agile, focus on what lies ahead, not on what lies behind, you and your organization will need all the energy you can get.

Stop sorting through problems and actively free yourself from the company’s inhibiting behavior. Be aware of what your company body is doing, as well as your own, and then learn to appreciate the flexibility of this relaxed and agile way of living and doing business.