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Conscious Business: How to Build Value through Values

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100 years. 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of my grandfather founding our predecessor firm. What can we do to build and sustain an organization for the long haul? Focus on workplace culture, Fred Kofman writes in his brilliant book Conscious Business. It begins with leadership. Fred tells us the strongest determinant of an effective, healthy culture is conscious leadership. The most efficient way for an organization to improve is to develop consciousness in its top managers.…

I currently have the privilege of participating in the Stagen Leadership Academy’s Advanced Leadership Program. The name of the program is “The Dragon’s Gap” which refers to Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey. Each of us in the program is encouraged to embark on our own hero’s journey. The first step is “the call to adventure.” In the Stagen program, we are assigned a coach who we meet with once a month to talk about our progress. …

In his book Conscious Business, Fred Kofman explains there are two requirements to answer the question above: 1: Demonstrate the necessary cognitive and technical competence. To clarify, earning trust is not about leaders showing we can do the jobs of those on our teams. Rather, we must show we can do our job – i.e. managerial functions such as selecting the right people, assigning tasks appropriately, and providing the context for how our work fits…

“I love molecules,” explains Marcus. “You apply a certain amount of heat and a certain amount of pressure and you know exactly what is going to happen. At the start of my career I did great with molecules. But now I work with people. People are unpredictable. You apply a certain amount of heat and a certain amount of pressure, and you never know what’s going to happen.” Yesterday, we began our exploration of Fred…

In Jim Collins’ classic book Good to Great he identifies a group of average companies that make a quantum leap and become extraordinary. These eleven companies demonstrated spectacular results, beating the overall stock market by 6.9 times for a minimum of 15 years. Walgreens, for example, had bumped along as a very average company, tracking the general market for forty years. Then, in 1975, Walgreens started increasing in value. From 1975 until 2000, every $1 invested…