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Volkswagen

Our Corporate Bubbles – VW’s Cheating Ways

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With the recent news of Volkswagen’s cheating, I wonder how we can do better and I remembered my conversation with Otto Scharmer.

Otto is the author of Leading from the Emerging Future, Theory U, and Presence. He is a senior lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is the founding chair of the MIT IDEAS Program, that takes leaders from civil society, government and business from Indonesia and China on a nine month action learning journey in order to co-create profound social innovation in their communities. With the German government (GIZ Global Leadership Academy) and the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan, he co-founded the Global Well-being and Gross National Happiness Lab, which brings together innovative thinkers from developing and industrialized countries to prototype new ways of measuring well-being and social progress. He has worked with governments in Africa, Asia and Europe and led leadership and innovation programs at corporations such as Daimler, Alibaba, ICBC, Eileen Fisher, Google and PwC.

Here is one of his comments during our interview:

“So we all live in bubbles. In each organization, the more successful you are as a leader of the organization the more you are in a bubble. And, the CEO is the bubble king, so to speak, because anyone around you is, you know, faking some stuff, right. It’s, kind of, sorting out the information that they think you don’t want to hear, so you live in a fake environment that is projected onto you because people think that’s what you want to hear.” Otto Scharmer

What kind of bubbles do you think possibly existed at Volkswagen?

What bubbles exist in your organization?

How can we be more truthful with one another?

We would love your thoughts.

 

book launch

Awaken – Book Launch October 22!

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Awaken. At a time in our world where our traditional business models have failed, The Awakened Company shows us a path to a sustainable model that energizes, sustains and energizes people, business, communities and our planet.

Owl’s Nest Books is graciously hosting The Awakened Company’s first official book launch.

The book launch event will take place on Thursday, October 22, 2015 from 7-8:30 pm in the Crump Room at Christ Church (3602 – 8 St SW Calgary). Make sure you RSVP as the event is almost full.

Come and meet Catherine, learn more about the awakening that is taking place all around us and engage in meaningful conversation with other guests.  Copies of The Awakened Company book will be available for purchase and signing by Catherine. There will also be a few other surprises in store!