I am really excited to be attending the 4th Annual Conscious Capitalism Conference with in Boston in May with fellow smartRevolution Founder, Gina Hayden. If this is for you, the time to book is now! Let me know if you are attending, it will be great to see you there.
Conscious leaders driving conscious businesses is informing what we do and how we do it today. The tipping point has occurred and we are seeing people in business and government talking about ethical capitalism, moral capitalism and conscious capitalism freely – a great concept perhaps? So when and how and what can we do to move the conceptual into reality? And why do it?
As the ‘old school’ theories, concepts and road-maps around being a great leader are tested and found lacking in our businesses, communities and world today, the rise of conscious leadership is driving a better, smarter way forward. We all know that culture is top down. If you are the leader or part of the leadership team in your organisation, you are responsible for the culture you create and the quality of relationships you have with all stakeholders internally and externally. You are consciously, or indeed perhaps unconsciously, causing the effects you see around you.
A great starting point in informing your take on this is Firms of Endearment - How World Class Companies PROFIT from Passion and Purpose by Raj Sisodia, Jag Sheth and David B. Wolfe. Happy reading :-)
As reported by Simon Lutterbie in the Wall Street Journal on the 23rd October:
“The Wall Street Journal Europe Global Survey of “happiness at work” has yielded some surprising findings. Over 2,000 individuals completed the recent survey hosted on this site over the past few weeks. People who completed it represent 90 nationalities, work in over 80 different countries and represent over 30 sectors of the global economy.”
Jessica Pryce-Jones’ article introducing the survey garnered over 15,000 hits, becoming one of the most successful articles ever on The Source, the Wall Street Journal blog on which it is posted. You too can read the original article and complete the survey by clicking on the link.
The survey used the iOpener Institute’s iPPQ, a questionnaire that measures five components, the 5Cs, of happiness at work:
- Contribution is the effort you feel you make
- Conviction is your short-term motivation
- Culture is the extent to which you feel you fit at work
- Commitment is your long-term engagement
- Confidence is your belief in your own abilities at work
There were five lessons learned from the first round of this research, which may surprise you:
- It’s an unhappy time in finance, but it’s not all bleak
- The happiest nationalities may surprise you
- Once again, the Netherlands is the place to be
- Happiness at work increases with age but you might have to wait for it
- The senior VP wobble
“People who are happy at work put in far more effort, work longer hours, and are more productive than those who aren’t. They remain at their jobs twice as long and they work 25% more time than an unhappy employee works” Jessica Pryce-Jones
If you want to learn more about happiness at work and how it connects to ‘consciously causing the effect’ personally or for your company, contact me…
When we apply the word ‘brand’ to people we should really be asking for a clearer definition. At the heart of building people brands, we use the same principles. Those of self-awareness, understanding our strengths, really getting how we are perceived, making conscious decisions about how best to deliver what it is that makes us successful… and strategic choices about how we put it out there.
Depending on your purpose, the outcomes you are committed to and the role you are in – or want to be in – the really smart stuff is all about consciously causing the effects you want to experience.
The art is in being in action of all of this, whether you are in sales and are looking for better client impact, relationships and the ability to have those difficult conversations – part and parcel of the territory. And the resulting rise in revenues – afterall, this is how you are ultimately measured.
Or perhaps you are an entrepreneur, a business owner where you clearly are the brand and your bottom line is a direct result of whether people buy into you?
Executives and Leaders may need to focus on both their internal and external impact… And political and celebrity figures, probably the most public of all brands, have a whole array of specific and critical issues to deal with.
People brands – well, let’s face it, we all have one – need to be managed consciously, effectively to produce the outcomes we desire…
Are you in a visible role – either as a leader within your organisation, a business owner or with clients and the broader market? If so, your personal leadership brand is what creates your reputation and either oils the wheels – or can stand in your way.
Join me and the most extraordinary like-minded people on the 1 June 2011 in Sandton, Johannesburg for a one-day workshop where you will learn how to create and develop your brand to create a powerful impact in business.
“Best workshop of this nature that I have attended – awesome!” Tracy Allen
Creating the future of business does not only focus on profitability anymore, but also on developing a new generation of leaders whose objectives include human development. We can simply not do business anymore without including the triple ‘P’ – people, planet and profit. By using Daniel Goleman’s model on Emotional Quotient, smartRevolution designed a workshop aimed at leadership to develop their listening skills and to use a different approach when interacting with sub-ordinates. We added in the basic principles of consciousness and focus on awareness and transformation rather than supply companies with a recipe to use like a shopping list. This proves to be the winning combination to solve the issues that could potentially move a great business model to an award-winning organisation. This 2 day workshop is called Conscious Self-Management for leaders. To get more information on this workshop you can contact Karin de Jager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Following this new approach, companies embark more than ever before on a journey of intervention and coaching to equip the leaders in their organisations with the necessary skill to accomplish this. The benefits they bring to their organisations and to society are immeasurable.