December 17, 2015, Star Wars – The Force Awakens opened around the world, introducing Stars Wars and the power of Good vs Evil to a whole new generation.
Awakening the force within your organizations enables the following:
“Business must view people not as a resource but as sources. A resource is a lump of coal; you use it and it’s gone. A source is like the sun-virtually inexhaustible and continually generating energy, light, and warmth. There is no more powerful source of energy in the world than a turned-on, empowered human being.” Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism
My awakening 4 years ago was the insight personal values are a source of life force energy. They energize us, make us feel happy, give us joy when they are lived and sorrow or frustration when they are not. They are the embodiment of our heart and soul calling us to action, connecting us to the world around us, and helping us perform to our highest potential.
For leaders, values are the heartbeat of excellence that intrinsically motivate and inspire their people. For managers, these are the things they want to make sure are frequently acknowledged and recognized. The more awareness and self-mastery you develop of your own values, the more consciousness you develop for appreciating and understanding the values of others. Awakening your personal values is a source of inspiration and motivation, a source of high performance that comes from within.
One way to do this is by observing yourself or asking someone about one of their values-why this value is important to them, what they do to live this value, and how they would feel if this value is stepped on or ignored. You will see their life force come alive: their demeanor shifts, their facial features lift and brighten, and their tone of voice has more energy and life.
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This assessment has helped increase leadership for conscious leadership and acceptance of people for who they are. When people feel accepted it strengthens the relationship: they feel your compassion and understanding. Leadership is more about these personal qualities than it is about accomplishing tasks. When you can touch and inspire the life force inside a person, you have found a key to higher performance.
Conscious leadership is an emerging concept in business and organizational development, where the requirements of leadership are expanding to meet the evolving consciousness of external stakeholders. Leaders are being asked to integrate values such as ethics, integrity and transparency, along with non-traditional business concepts such as co-creation, love, and wholeness in the management of profit, people and process. To ensure employee engagement, other concepts equally important to conscious leaders and conscious leadership are the encouragement of humour and having fun, showing employee appreciation, empowering human potential, and working toward common good (win/win) for all.
Imagine you had the good fortune to work for a conscious leader in a conscious organization. What would it be like?
Excerpt from Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, by John Mackey, Rajendra S. Sisodia, and Bill George. Harvard Business Press Books, 2013.
“The business is built on love and care, rather than stress and fear, whose team members are passionate and committed to their work. Their days race by in a blur of focused intensity, collaboration and camaraderie. Far from being depleted and burned out, they find themselves at the end of each day newly inspired and freshly committed to what brought them to the business in the first place-the opportunity to be part of something larger than themselves, to make a difference, to craft a purposeful life while earning a living.
Think of a business that cares profoundly about the well-being of its customers, seeing them not as consumers but as flesh-and-blood human beings whom it is privileged to serve. It would no more mislead, mistreat, or ignore its customers than any thoughtful person would exploit loved ones at home. Its team members experience the joy of service, or enriching the lives of others.
Envision a business that embraces outsiders as insiders, inviting suppliers into the family circle and treating them with the same love and care it showers on its customers and team members. Imagine a business that is a committed and caring citizen of every community it inhabits, elevating its civic life and contributing in multiple ways to its betterment. Imagine a business that views its competitors not as enemies to be crushed but as teachers to learn from and fellow travellers on a journey towards excellence. Visualize a business that genuinely cares about the planet and all the sentient beings that live on it, that celebrates the glories of nature, that thinks beyond carbon and neutrality to become a healing force that nurses the ecosphere back to sustained vitality.
Such businesses-suffused with higher purpose, leavened with authentic caring, influential and inspirational, egalitarian and committed excellence, trustworthy and transparent, admired and emulated, loved and respectedÔÇöare not imaginary entities in some fictional utopia. They exist in the real world, by the dozens today but soon by the hundreds and thousands.
Examples of such companies include: Whole Foods Market, The Container Store, Patagonia, Eaton, The Tata Group, Google, Panera Bread, Southwest Airlines, Bright Horizons, Starbucks, UPS, Costco, Wegmans, REI, Twitter, POSCO, and many others. In decades ahead, companies such as these will transform the world and lift humanity to new heights of emotional and spiritual well-being, physical vitality, and material abundance. Welcome to the heroic world of conscious capitalism.”
May the force be with you
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With 30 years in business transformation working with organizations, Joanna’s passion lies in working with leaders, facilitating active participation in organizational change, developing resourceful teams and aligning strategic objectives. Her goal is to help organizations become high performing and values-driven, where people take ownership, build commitment and bridge communication gaps. As CEO of the Culture Leadership Group, she ensures successful transformation from concept through to implementation