This article is the third in the series, and this one is about the Wisdom of the Synchronicity Leader.

I have known Dr. Philip Merry since the late 90’s. He has 40 years of experience delivering learning events in 61 countries to global organizations. He is one of the only Ph.D.’s I know who has developed a grounded theory in Synchronicity and Leadership. He thrives on helping global teams work together by engaging both their head and heart when making critical decisions. Philip is British by birth and has worked globally from Singapore for the last 31 years.

Philip shared three thoughts on the topic of Synchronicity and how leaders can use it to make better decisions. The first idea he shared was to answer the question what is synchronicity, and how can we use it in business? He continued on to say, “Synchronicity is a quality known to us – even if you do not recognize the word at first– but it is seldom explored, we either call it luck or coincidence. Synchronicity or “gut” is the ability that we have to attract to us the things that we
need or desire.

Leaders should learn to trust and pay more attention to their “gut” together with their logic to make decisions. This ability draws us to answers that we have been seeking.

What Can We Learn From This?
– Dig Beneath One’s Logic And Be Open To Your Intuition

The question is, how much do you make decisions from your gut and not solely with logic? Which one turned out better for you? In reality, you probably need both; however, many leaders who have developed this skill have been able to trust their “gut” feelings about things. Sometimes as much as the numbers looking right, the ensuing decision may end up being wrong. So how are you doing this? Here are some questions for you:

  • How well are you attuned to Synchronicity or your “Gut Feelings”?
  • Do you recognize when veiled messages come to you?
  • Should you be using this innate skill more in these times?

In his second idea, Philip shared about how we need to dig beneath one’s logic and be open to your intuition. He explained how he lives his passion for the topic and even did his Ph.D. because synchronous events have happened to him so many times in his life, and he wanted to understand what the topic was and how it could help us as we face all the issues that we face in our lives. Many leaders don’t pay enough attention to their ‘gut’ when they feel something other than the “facts” or “numbers.” It is not just theoretical knowledge; it is based on living and understanding and applying this topic to one’s own life. Hence, I know of that which I speak. It is best to combine both our head and heart.

What Can We Learn From This?
– Be Willing To Search For Your Mission In Life

If the definition of Synchronicity is: “a meaningful coincidence providing guidance and direction to individuals that gives a sense of purpose and reassurance.”

How do we combine head and heart (or gut) when the head drives so much of our corporate decisions? Have you seen something on paper that looks really good, but somehow your gut told you it was not going to work out for you at that time, and you were right?

Here are some questions for you:

  • Do you give credence to your own decisions of the “heart” vs. just the “head”?
  • Have you made decisions only based on logic, and it did not work out?
  • Should you be trusting your intuition more?

The third idea on Synchronicity he shared was: be willing to search for your mission in life.

Philip shared that the COVID19 event has provided us with more “thinking time” to reflect on our leadership, our organization, and our team. “I believe all of us have a unique gift to offer to the world, and I am passionate about helping people find meaning in their life. I know for certain that understanding synchronicity can help them do that. Very often the answer to your life’s problems is right under your nose, but you don’t see them. Leaders need to increase these skills to live a life of Synchronicity.”

What can we learn from this?
– “Big Picture” Thinking

You have more time to spend on the areas of your organization that you did not have before. How are you balancing you and your teams’ focus on work-life balance? Do you need a makeover for your goals, work process, and members to be able to deal with situations in the new normal?

Here are some questions for you:

  • Have you spent more time on “big picture” thinking?
  • What is the right balance for you and your team going forward?
  • How can you build your intuitive skills?


Stephen Krempl
Stephen Krempl is an International Speaker, Best Selling Author, Facilitator, and Business Communication Coach. His latest book: The 5% Zone: Visibility Strategies that get you Noticed and Rewarded in Any Organization. He has worked with thousands of leaders and students in over 30+ countries.  He creates organizational and individual impact through his programs offered both virtually and in-person. Visit us at: