Conscious Leadership

Why Stories Matter in Business

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By Heidi Jon Schmidt

Every business leader, no matter how conscious, no matter how successful, keeps a tight focus on growth. More clients, better talent, higher productivity, reduced expenses. Give me those, he or she says, and I will be able to relax and think about telling my organization’s story.

What if telling your story is the route to growth?

We all live by the light of stories. Before the printing press, news traveled only by story—remembered at each step along the way by someone who couldn’t wait to retell it, to generate the laugh or gasp, the moment when two people gazed at each other in recognition—“Ah, I thought so!” or “That’s what I was afraid of.” Or, maybe best: “I wouldn’t have thought of that in a million years.”

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Conscious Leadership

Thea Polancic: Building Community and Purpose

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By Agata Antonow

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

 —Attributed to Margaret Mead

On a quiet evening in January 2009, Thea Polancic was sticking large pieces of paper on the walls of her home. Her son was asleep upstairs, and finally her day as a busy business partner and consultant was winding down. She’d been in charge and taken names all day, yet her work was just beginning.

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Indianapolis Chapter Coordinator

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Title: Indianapolis Chapter Coordinator

Position Summary:

Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that pursues a higher purpose of elevating humanity through business. The Chapter Coordinator is a part-time team member that supports the chapter in advancing Conscious Capitalism, Inc’s mission to change the practice and perception of business as a force for good. The Coordinator will work closely with the Volunteer Advisory Board on implementing a local engagement strategy aligned globally, that works to secure resources and organize events toward the purpose of growing the local community.The Coordinator works with CCI’s International Engagement Lead to support the local Volunteer Advisory Board and chapter participants in implementing a local expression of our global strategy by organizing events to grow the community of Conscious Capitalists in the greater Indianapolis, IN area.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as CCI’s representative to guide the Volunteer Advisory Board and support the alignment with the global strategy for Conscious Capitalism;
  • Ensuring chapter’s vision and activities are aligned with the standards, brand, and strategy of CCI, and uphold CCI brand standards and practices;
  • Providing administrative support to the Volunteer Advisory Board
  • Delivering CCI’s tools, templates and materials to market events, sponsorship, partnerships, chapter activities, chapter involvement by the community, and learning opportunities;
  • Planning and coordinating logistics relevant to event logistics (venue, registration, catering, speaker coordination, audio visual, contracts) and closing out event;
  • Utilizing CCI budget templates for events and tracking chapter expenses
  • Managing chapter contacts in CCI’s database and mass email platform, chapter event registration system, chapter social media outlets, and chapter communications systems and programs;
  • Managing chapter communications so that all relevant activities of chapter and CCI are aligned, all parties are properly informed, and resources properly leveraged for success.

Experience & Skills Required:

  • Experience in event planning or grassroots organizing
  • Experience working with volunteers preferred
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Strong integrity
  • Committed to the principles of the Conscious Capitalist Credo
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Attentive follow through
  • Extraordinary customer service
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy and accountability
  • Well developed planning and organizing skills
  • Self-directed and collaborative
  • Proficiency in leveraging WordPress, social media platforms, and event registration systems for community organizing.

This is a part time position, serving the chapter 10 hours per week. Compensation is paid in monthly $1,500 increments. Candidates should be located in the Indianapolis area. Travel around the greater Columbus area to meet with local leaders and host events will be required. CCI maintains a collaborative, metric driven, and results-oriented culture where proven results are rewarded.

To apply, please complete this formhttps://www.tfaforms.com/4710346


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Columbus Chapter Coordinator

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Title: Columbus Chapter Coordinator

Position Summary:

Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that pursues a higher purpose of elevating humanity through business. The Chapter Coordinator is a part-time team member that supports the chapter in advancing Conscious Capitalism, Inc’s mission to change the practice and perception of business as a force for good. The Coordinator will work closely with the Volunteer Advisory Board on implementing a local engagement strategy aligned globally, that works to secure resources and organize events toward the purpose of growing the local community.The Coordinator works with CCI’s International Engagement Lead to support the local Volunteer Advisory Board and chapter participants in implementing a local expression of our global strategy by organizing events to grow the community of Conscious Capitalists in the greater Columbus, OH area.

Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving as CCI’s representative to guide the Volunteer Advisory Board and support the alignment with the global strategy for Conscious Capitalism
  • Ensuring chapter’s vision and activities are aligned with the standards, brand, and strategy of CCI, and uphold CCI brand standards and practices;
  • Providing administrative support to the Volunteer Advisory Board
  • Delivering CCI’s tools, templates and materials to market events, sponsorships, partnerships, chapter activities, chapter involvement by the community, and learning opportunities;
  • Planning and coordinating logistics relevant to event logistics (venue, registration, catering, speaker coordination, audio visual, contracts) and closing out event;
  • Utilizing CCI budget templates for events and tracking chapter expenses
  • Managing chapter contacts in CCI’s database and mass email platform, chapter event registration system, chapter social media outlets, and chapter communications systems and programs;
  • Managing chapter communications so that all relevant activities of chapter and CCI are aligned, all parties are properly informed, and resources properly leveraged for success.

Experience & Skills Required:

  • Experience in event planning or grassroots organizing
  • Experience working with volunteers preferred
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Strong integrity
  • Committed to the principles of the Conscious Capitalist Credo
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Attentive follow through
  • Extraordinary customer service
  • Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy and accountability
  • Well developed planning and organizing skills
  • Self-directed and collaborative
  • Proficiency in leveraging WordPress, social media platforms, and event registration systems for community organizing.

This is a part time position, serving the chapter 10 hours per week. Compensation is paid in monthly $1,500 increments. Candidates should be located in the Columbus area. Travel around the greater Columbus area to meet with local leaders and host events will be required. CCI maintains a collaborative, metric driven, and results-oriented culture where proven results are rewarded.

To apply please complete this form: https://www.tfaforms.com/4709321


Higher Purpose

In Pursuit of the Present Moment

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By Lizzie Vance 

What matters is to be a human being with another human being, to recognize the other person as another being in there… if you are trying to help a wounded bird, the first thing you have to know is that there is somebody in there, and that you have to wait for that “person,” that being in there, to be in contact with you. That seems to me to be the most important thing.

The Primacy of Human Presence, Eugene T. Gendlin

While Gendlin describes the relationship between the psychologist and patient, his work can be applied to any Conscious Capitalist in pursuit of the present moment, and in pursuit of connecting with the heart of why they do what they do, at every chance they can. Let’s take a look at one Conscious Capitalist who embodies this in his dental practice.

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Conscious Leadership

I Can Stop Apologizing

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By Genevieve Georget

To tell you about a conversation with Tara-Nicholle Nelson would be to tell you about a body of water that makes all of life possible. Instead, I want to share with you what it is like to have a conversation with Tara. I want to take you to the shore and have you watch the waves crash onto the sand. To have the saltwater spray on your face. Get you to look out past the horizon while the ground rumbles below you as the water washes up your shins, wetting your rolled-up blue jean cuffs, and then goes back out again.

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Conscious Culture

The New CCI Chapter Model Explained

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By Agata Antonow and Lizzie Vance 

Imagine this. It’s a warm May Atlanta night, and you’re standing outside Grace Midtown, a church topped with a big white dome. In front of you is a parking lot shining with cars. A man in a red T-shirt passes by with sliders from Arby’s, tilting the tray so you can take one. A woman in a long-sleeved shirt walks up with her own tray.

“Beer? Wine? I can get you a soft drink, too, if you like.”

You’re not at a wedding or a confirmation or a church social. Close. This is a celebration, but a celebration of what business can do. This is one of the regular events hosted by the Conscious Capitalism Atlanta chapter. Today, two speakers will be talking about Higher Purpose, and before and after they speak, entrepreneurs and company owners from all over Atlanta will have their own discussions, spilling out over the grass lawn and the concrete parking lot with fries and beer, sharing ideas and their passion for doing good in the world with business.

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Conscious Culture

Consciously Firing

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By Alexander McCobin 

In 2016, the influential media publication Ad Age named Dan Golden’s company the number one agency to work at—and the following two weeks were the worst of the CEO’s professional career. His digital marketing agency Be Found Online (BFO) had just received the most prestigious recognition one can hope for in advertising, but BFO was also in turmoil from an increasingly toxic situation. The reason was no secret to BFO’s entire executive team: while their largest customer brought a lot of revenue and had helped put BFO on the map, it was clear that several years into the relationship, many of BFO’s major problems stemmed from the relationship with this client.

For years, BFO had cultivated a team and culture that they were proud of, one where people enjoyed going to work each day and felt like they were able to make a difference. No matter how much they did internally to cultivate that, they couldn’t control the culture of their client, and it was starting to have detrimental effects.

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Conscious Leadership

The Conscious Merger

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A Community Contribution by Brandi Beakley 

After building a purpose-driven retail business that had experienced more than 100 percent YOY growth for four straight years, CEO Steve Hall knew driversselect was poised to scale. But the business model had outpaced his abilities to scale it without taking on serious financial and cultural risks. For one thing, driversselect was in desperate need of a much larger facility. Tribe members (driversselect employees) were on top of each other at the existing location, and inventory was being parked at an overflow lot several miles away due to lack of space. The growing pains were palpable.

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Conscious Leadership

Sink or Swim: The Story You Tell Matters

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A Community Contribution by Mark Rogers 

Leadership in companies is like a team of high-grade mariners in central command of their commercial vessels.

The power of storytelling traditions and techniques that leadership uses can navigate ships and employees directly into harm’s way, circumnavigate them around obstacles, or skillfully avoid an ill-fated voyage of monumental proportion altogether.

Toxic narratives often involve planned routes dominated by the perils of human hubris. And leaders who are unaware of the toxic narratives they perpetuate often navigate their companies into a haze dead ahead, with grazing icebergs and jagged underwater blind spots that can slash into the hull at the heart of a company.

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