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Two Feet in Front of Your Face: The Headlight Approach to Conscious Leadership

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By Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

 

To journey without being changed is to be a nomad.

To change without journeys is to be a chameleon.

To journey and to be transformed by the journey is to be a pilgrim.

—Mark Nepo

 

“People often ask me, ‘What’s the key to Conscious Capitalism?’” says Timothy Henry. “I always tell them there are three important factors—leadership and leadership and leadership.”

Every year, hundreds of business leaders are inspired by the ideas of Conscious Capitalism but don’t know how to bring it to life in their own organizations. On the journey to doing better business, what moves us from inspiration to a specific aspiration that sticks?

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Stop Freaking Out About Holacracy: Here’s why it works

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By Geoff Campbell and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies

“Chief executive officers represent a single point of failure,” says Brian Robertson, a self-described “recovering CEO.”

Gary Hamel famously said that if you ‘give someone monarchlike authority… sooner or later there will be a royal screwup,’” he shares.

Robertson is founder of HolacracyOne, whose Holacracy framework decentralizes leadership to bring more consciousness to business. “The most effective way to achieve conscious leadership is to get everyone in the whole system thinking like a CEO.”

At first blush, Holacracy often freaks people out because it lends itself to two common misconceptions. First, many assume it means no structure, and second, they assume that all decisions are made by consensus.

“People either worry it requires everyone to lead everything, or that no one leads anything, but the key is to get everyone taking full leadership of the particular area that is their purview,” Robertson said. “It doesn’t mean everyone manages everything,” he said. “That doesn’t scale and it doesn’t work.”

Robertson once heard a Starbucks executive note that the person responsible for cleaning the floors should be able to choose his or her mop—which is exactly what Holacracy promotes.

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Decompartmentalizing Culture: How to Stop Thinking Like a Small Pie

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By Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: We hear a lot of talk about a winning stakeholder model, while we are also aware that in practice, executing this tenet of Conscious Capitalism requires intention and action. After you’ve read the article, let us know your recent insights into exploring your own stakeholder map.

 

Do you want your piece of the pie or do you want to grow the pie?

All businesspeople should know themselves well enough to answer this fundamental question about what is more important to them. Growing the pie is a familiar concept to anyone who has studied economics and capitalism. Through stakeholder mapping, Conscious Capitalism International and its partners, like the Stagen Leadership Academy, are teaching business owners around the world how to expand the pie—because a larger pie simply feeds more people.

Many experienced CEOs who run huge organizations still don’t “get” the idea. What is a stakeholder exactly? Most people are familiar with shareholders, those who own stock in a company. But stakeholders are a wider array of anyone vested in the long-term success of a business. “Growing the pie” only happens when businesses value all stakeholders, not just shareholders.

 

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Public Company / Conscious Capitalist

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By Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

PAR Technology Corp. needed a disruption in 2009. They were facing challenging times as new competitors entered the market, and all while the company was going through a leadership transition.

Karen Sammon had worked for years at the company her father founded, when she made the painful realization that what was best for the company at the time was that she leave PAR to gain outside experience. Current leadership encouraged her transition, which, while well-intentioned, in some ways made it more painful.

It was a difficult decision; she didn’t want to leave.

“Eventually I understood that leaving was the right thing for me, too,” she said.

Understanding didn’t make the reality any easier to accept. Sammon, currently chief of staff and strategy for PAR Technology Corp. and incoming Conscious Capitalism Inc. (CCI) board member, described this period as a time of searching and seeking.

“I admit I was a bit entitled,” Sammon said softly. “I thought I had the answers.”

She found a coach and set out to own what was hers and to embrace what she couldn’t control. It was the inflection point that sent her on the road toward Conscious Leadership and Conscious Capitalism. But Sammon’s Conscious Capitalism journey has been anything but linear.

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Facebook Forward: Conscious Capitalists Weigh In on the Social Network Giant

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By Katina Z. Jones of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is the first in a series of topical commentary pieces where opinions are curated from the Conscious Capitalism community.

Data breaches involving millions of people’s personal information.

Suicides being broadcast live.

Social injustice, captured and shared immediately around the world—bringing immediate outcry and support for the aggrieved.

Hate messages from a terrorist group.

Fake news designed to influence opinions—and possibly votes.

On Facebook, the drama unfolds every second and quickly multiplies—sometimes beyond our human capacity to comprehend its speed.

The social media giant has spearheaded connecting people around the world, but it also raises questions around the boundaries and responsibilities of free speech. A recent Fortune Data Sheet examined “Why Facebook Should Be Liable for What It Publishes,” and the piece raises some interesting questions: How much should be shared? How can we trust what we are reading or sharing? And, most important, who is ultimately responsible for the integrity of content?

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The Gift of a Clear-Eyed Truth Teller

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By Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is a challenge to our CEO community. How engaged are you in your own transformation as part of your journey to running a conscious company? After you’ve read the article, please let us know what gets in the way of your own commitment to personal development.  

“I’ll never forget this CEO who approached me with a story about his marital difficulties,” explained Rand Stagen, founder of the Stagen Leadership Academy. “He said he knew he needed outside help but couldn’t figure out why the help wasn’t working. He told me, ‘I went to my network and found the best counselor money could buy. Then I sent my wife to the counselor.’”

Stagen, a member of Conscious Capitalism International’s Board of Directors, who has taken over 1,000 CEOs through the intensive leadership development program he has run for the last two decades, said the anecdote provides a glimpse into the minds of many leaders of huge organizations. Why aren’t there more CEOs of public companies talking about Conscious Capitalist principles? According to Stagen, Fortune 500 CEOs get to where they are by being masters of outsourcing and delegation—but those tactics don’t work when it comes to fixing a marriage or adopting Conscious Leadership to transform an organization. A big part of the Conscious Leadership ethos he teaches is a commitment to playing the long game. “If you can’t commit to the long game, you can’t be in the movement,” he said. “You can’t buy this, you have to earn it.”

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In Search of a Transformational Architect

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By Corey Blake and Geoff Campbell of Round Table Companies

A Note from the Editor: This article is a challenge to our consultant contingency to question where they fit and don’t fit amidst the whole of the transformational change process. We also put words to what many of the movement’s business owners are feeling as they determine who they can rely on to shepherd them through the evolution to greater consciousness. After you’ve read the article, please consider the invitation at the end to submit your own viewpoints on this topic for possible publication on the Elevations Blog.

Anne Bennet*, the CEO of a major food manufacturing company, was on fire to make her organization more conscious. She hired a consultant named Benjamin Corby* to help her articulate the firm’s path to purpose.

Benjamin excelled at Conscious Leadership coaching. He was a licensed psychotherapist who had spent two decades expanding his own consciousness as he supported leaders in expanding theirs. Benjamin led Anne and her executive team through purpose work that landed on the heartfelt goal of reducing childhood obesity by removing calories from the company’s products. He then supported the team in learning to listen to each other more deeply, and in sharing each of the personal ties they felt to this emerging company purpose. With Benjamin’s support, the team let go of past resentments and wounds that were still showing up in the workplace, clearing the way for the work they would now undertake together.

Then Benjamin did something courageous. He stepped aside.

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Invitation to Contribute to the Conscious Capitalism Dialogue

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Thought leadership has been a cornerstone of the growth of Conscious Capitalism, not only as a philosophy/way of doing business, but also as a community. Going forward, it is imperative that Conscious Capitalism, Inc. (CCI) do more to provide a platform for our incredible community to develop your thought leadership and share it more widely with others. That is why we are taking CCI’s content development program to the next level by opening it up to you for contributions.
We are testing a new series of pieces sourced from the community. If you are pushing into new boundaries in your Conscious Capitalism journey and are willing to capture your experiences in writing, we want to hear from you. If you have a story to share, and you’re willing to invite readers into the highs and lows of what you’ve been through, we would like to consider featuring you.
  • Maybe you’ve recently fired a customer who is not in alignment with your values.
  • Maybe you’ve integrated a new product into your supply chain that resulted from deeper exploration into purpose.
  • Maybe your hiring process has been entirely reinvented around your values.
  • Maybe you recently experienced a conscious sale or merger of your company.
Perhaps you have a perspective on a current event. There is a great deal of commentary about business today, and we want to make sure the views of Conscious Capitalists are included in that commentary. What is a Conscious Capitalist’s take on:
  • Facebook’s protection of data privacy?
  • The Goldman Sachs-World Bank Group fund for women entrepreneurs hitting $1 billion?
  • Major discussion topics at trade or other prominent conferences?
  • Movements in crypto?
  • Something else?
Below you will find instructions for the pitch process. We will be collecting submissions through June 1st. Selected contributors will be notified by June 10th, and asked to prepare a first draft of their piece by June 30th. If you are selected, you will be paired with an editor from our content partner, Round Table Companies, who will help support your contribution to ensure your story has impact.
Thank you in advance for considering sharing what you are learning as you play at the edge of consciousness and business.

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BOLD TV to Broadcast Live from CCAC2018

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A message from Carrie Sheffield about BOLD TV’s live broadcast from the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference. 

We agree with the premise of Conscious Capitalism that making money is essential for the health of a business, but it’s not the only—or even the most important—reason a business exists. Conscious businesses focus on their purpose beyond profit.

At Bold, we strive our hardest as a digital television network to incorporate the principles of Conscious Capitalism in everything we do. We know that a truly altruistic society is one that creates a long-term, sustainable system for maximizing human happiness through voluntary exchange. And we wouldn’t be where we are today without the extraordinary vision, drive and compassion of Al Roker, whose production team at Al Roker Entertainment brought Bold TV to life. A broadcasting pioneer, Al’s career embodies the values of Conscious Capitalism: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership and Conscious Culture.

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2018 Heroes of Conscious Capitalism Nominations Open

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Last year, we recognized our first class of Heroes of Conscious Capitalism. As we begin considering who to invite to the next class of Heroes, we want to hear from you. If you want to nominate someone to become a Hero of Conscious Capitalism, please fill out this form by March 28th.

Nominate a Hero Today!