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Awakened Leaders – An Interview Series with CEO of New Resource Bank

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Awakened Leaders – Video Blog Series

This month’s guest on our video blog series on Awakened Leaders is Vince Siciliano, President and CEO of New Resource Bank . This is part 1 of 8 in our interview with Vince, and we’ll release the rest of the interviews with Vince over the next 8 weeks.

In this interview, Vince shares his thoughts on building a better world and his biggest career learning.

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About New Resource Bank

New Resource Bank is a mission-oriented bank based in San Francisco. As a result, they use money and banking to do good.

They advance sustainability with everything they do. From the loans they make to their commitment to using deposits for good, they work to transform banking and create a better world. Read more here.

About Vince Siciliano

A longtime environmentalist and finance leader, Vince has lead several financial institutions. Because of his leadership, 1st Pacific Bank of California was named the best-performing de novo bank in California.

Vince has been a member of the board of governors of the Savings and Community Bankers of America and the National Trade Association for the savings and loan industry, as well as a board member of the California League of Savings Institutions. He serves on the advisory board of the American Sustainable Business Council and is chairman of the board for the Ken Blanchard Center for Faith Walk Leadership.

Siciliano is a graduate of Stanford University and earned a master’s degree in environmental planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He lives in Millbrae with his wife and is a proud father of two sons. Read more here.

 

We welcome your thoughts and feelings to this video. Please leave a reply below.

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Do You Know an Awakened Leader in an Awakening
Organization?

Do you know a great leader in an awesome organization? If you do and you think we should interview them, please email us.

We want to hear from you!

Humanity's Team

Awakened Leaders – An Interview with Steve Farrell of Humanity’s Team

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Awakened Leaders – Video Blog Series

Welcome to our new video blog series on Awakened Leaders to discuss Awakening Organizations. Our first guest is Steve Farrell, President & Worldwide Director of Humanity’s Team.

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About Humanity’s Team

Humanity’s Team is a global grassroots spiritual movement. It is focused on awakening and embodying Oneness, so humanity may enjoy a sustainable world of peace, harmony and happiness. With ~100,000 teammates in over 150 countries, the team provides resources for personal transformation, creates educational programs, and engages in spiritual activism projects.

About Steve Farrell

Before Steve became involved with Humanity’s Team, he co-founded and led two high growth technology companies based in Silicon Valley in the 1990′s. These tech companies were featured in the INC 500 and included some of the brightest minds in Silicon Valley. Despite this “success”, he walked away to help create a new dream based on the Divine in life that all of us on the Earth can manifest together. Steve leads Humanity’s Team based in Boulder, Colorado that is focused on awakening our self and the world to Oneness.

Please check out their Conscious Business Declaration as well.

We welcome your thoughts and feelings to this video.

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Do you know a great leader in an awesome organization? If you do and you think we should interview them, please email us.

We want to hear from you!

Are You a Bosshole? Start Cultivating Awakened Relationships

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Are you a bosshole?

Most people rate time with their bosses as the worst time of their day. Consider what that means: interacting with their manager is less enjoyable than waking up to an early alarm, dealing with a rush-hour commute, or taking out the trash.

Depending on your own personal experience, you may find that surprising—or sadly obvious. Either way, this widespread dissatisfaction should not be ignored. Why? Employee productivity is directly related to an individual’s relationship with his or her supervisor.

A Harvard Business Review study that looked at nearly 3,000 leaders in a financial services company found that people assigned to the least effective of the group (managers rated in the bottom 10%) had satisfaction, engagement, and commitment levels that were lower than 96% of their colleagues. At the opposite end of the spectrum, the top 10% of leaders oversaw employees that were happier, more engaged, and more committed than 92% of the company’s employees. The correlation was clear, and theirs was not the only investigation to come to this conclusion.

Furthermore, studies have shown there’s not much you can offer in the way of perks to balance out the effects of a bad boss, and there’s a seemingly endless amount of rewards—from employee satisfaction to increased revenue—that can be derived from having a great one. While writing The Awakened Company, I interviewed many top CEOs who had come to the same conclusion. As a senior executive or business owner, finding and cultivating great leaders needs to be a priority. (And if you have employees reporting into you, ask yourself, “Am I a bosshole?”)

So how do we make great leaders? Instead of self-preservation, separation, and isolation, we need to cultivate one-on-one relationships in organizations. That means doing more than relying on group meetings to interact with your team. You may be getting face time, but you aren’t getting the kind of quality time that leads to happy, engaged employees. Only by fostering these deeper connections can we create “Awakened relationships” that enable higher employee satisfaction, greater productivity, and broad company success (which cannot only be measured by shareholder value).

Try taking each member of your team out for lunch. If that’s not feasible with your schedule, try taking them out for tea. Making time to connect should be a priority, not a bonus. This can be achieved on a daily basis by recognizing your employees for what makes them unique and valued—comment on what is their awesome. With an open heart and effort, you have the power to be the best part of their day.


Ready to awaken your own business? Get your copy of The Awakened Company, enlist The Awakened Company’s services and learn how companies are achieving a new standard of success. A best-seller within a week, one of Eight of the Best Business Books of 2015, and a Nautilus Silver Medal Winner for Best Business Book for 2015, it explores a new way of doing business: incorporating mindfulness and wisdom traditions to ultimately benefit companies, those involved in them, and the planet itself. It has earned praise from business leaders and industry experts, and is the blueprint for the successful executive search and team transformation company, BluEra.

Catherine Bell is the founder of BluEra, an executive search and team transformation company, and the best-selling and award-winning author of The Awakened Company, a thought-provoking read that explores how treating businesses as communities can transform them for the better. Catherine speaks around the globe, and offers The Awakened Company’s services to help other teams awaken to a new concept of success.

Article originally appeared in Women of Influence by Catherine Bell

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Toronto book launch

Toronto Book Launch – October 4

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Toronto Book Launch – join Catherine Bell at The Awakened Company book on October 4
Toronto Book Launch
Join Catherine Bell, author of best selling and award winning book, The Awakened Company at Ben McNally Books from 6-8 pm ET.
Catherine will share research results from hundreds of interviews with leaders of international corporations while describing practical tools for leaders on how to build a company that unleashes human potential by creating a workplace that is both profitable and purpose driven.
Please RSVP here.
We hope you can join us!

Lessons on Awakening from Entrepreneurs

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Lessons on awakening were abound at The Awakened Company‘s recent pop-up book signing and interactive discussion at Calgary’s downtown Indigo bookstore.

BluEarth Founder, Kent Brown and Matrix CEO, Rob Pockar led a discussion of their first-hand, entrepreneurial experience in building and leading awakening companies.

Kent started off with lessons learned from BluEarth. He described his business as awakening vs. awakened – a process and continuous approach that results in a better company compared to “business as usual”. BluEarth grew from nothing to over $1 billion in value in less than five years.

Using a Triple Bottom Line approach to business, Kent’s focus has been to create a great environment and hold an aspiration that’s greater than profitability. Focus on values, culture and people, and the result will be a more profitable company.

BluEarth uses many of the practices described and advocated by author Catherine Bell in The Awakened Company. In this short video, Kent describes why BluEarth has been successful. The proof these practices work? In less than five years, BluEarth accomplished the following:

  1. Profit – not in spite of trying to be more awakened, it is because of this.  BluEarth met or exceeded all of its financial targets.
  2. People – engaged, happy, results driven, caring, no unintended turnover.
  3. Planet – being a renewables focused company is not enough – BluEarth’s team is driven to look for ways to have less impact on the planet.

Rob added to this with his experiences from Matrix, which from 1993 to today grew from 4 people to a team of 600 throughout Canada. Matrix’s underlying reason for being has always been to create a great environment for its people. To have an aspiration that is greater than simply a sole focus on profitability. The result of this aspiration? Happier and more engaged people, more meaningful work and, yes, a more successful organization. This short video discusses how.

With these first-hand, in-the-trenches accounts of Awakened Company practices in action, Rob and Kent were able to demonstrate that awakening companies make better companies.

Catherine espouses in her book and in her life how doing the smallest thing can make the biggest difference. What can you do to start?

You can start your journey of awakening today by reading our book, The Awakened Company.

 

Book Signing

Book signing Today at Indigo’s downtown Calgary location!

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Come and join us for a book signing for The Awakened Company and an interactive conversation TODAY at Indigo‘s downtown Calgary location @ 317 – 7 Avenue SW (TD Square), from 12-2 pm.

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Book Signing

Join us for a surprising book signing

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A surprising book signing and interactive conversation will take place at Calgary’s downtown Indigo @ 317 – 7 Avenue SW (TD Square), from 12-2 pm on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

Learn what it means and what it takes to be an Awakened Company and how businesses can succeed in the end. Join Rob Pockar, CEO of Matrix, Melissa Pockar, Founder of MoreSo, Kent Brown, Founder of BluEarth, and Catherine Bell, Author & Founder of The Awakened Company and BluEra at THE AWAKENED COMPANY  book signing for an interactive conversation that will have you rethinking the way you do business in today’s difficult times.

Book signing begins at noon and the conversation begins at 12:30 pm. Come and join the conversation.

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Lessons

Lessons on Awakened Leadership

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Many lessons on awakened leadership were discussed by the panel and audience at our BluEra book launch of The Awakened Company. Check out our short video that highlig20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_076hts some of this discussion and the event.

Fewer than 1 in 5 leaders in organizations are perceived as truthful. Yet organizations with high trust environments perform 300% better than those that do not. This is a call to action. We can and we must do better.

Awakening as a leader and as an organization is a recipe that creates the passion and energy people are craving at work and what we need to make the world a better place. A buy-product of awakened leadership and awakened organizations is better performance under any metric. Companies perform better not in spite of being awakened, but by the very fact they are awakened. And, I can tell you, they have a lot more fun along the way and create deep meaning in people’s lives.

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The Awakened Company is a roadmap to better leaders, better companies, better communities and, ultimately, a better world. Isn’t that what we all want? We invite you to join us on this journey.

How are you going to do better? What lessons on awakening have you learned? Tell us by replying to this blog or posting a response on our social media. We would love to hear from you.

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Failure: Turning Lead into Gold

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20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_063The BluEra book launch took place Thursday, October 27th.  Thank you so much to the amazing BluEra Team for the sold out launch of our book, The Awakened Company, and to all of our clients for your support.  The President and Founder of Namaste Publishing, Constance Kellough, and her husband Howard, along with my collaborators Russ Hudson from NY and Christopher Papadopoulos from Montreal, and my sister Kim Bell, were in attendance. Calgary participants in the book are Rob Pockar, Mark Montemurro, Shawna Guiltner, Brett Wilson, Kent Brown, and Mac Van Wielingen.

Our morning was kicked off by my wonderful cofounder Shahauna Siddiqui. The panel was le20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_094d by the brilliant Mac Van Wielingen. Members of the panel included the incredibly dynamic Suzanne West,  the thoughtful Regan Davis, and myself. We addressed the ways in which awakened (or awakening) leadership is confronting. We also covered the importance of trust, the realitiesof today’s business environment, and how we can bring positive change to the community and wider society.

20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_003Underpinning much of the conversation were the invaluable lessons failure can teach us. The facts must be confronted: the majority of businesses die within a decade of their launch, while at the same time those who staff our workplaces are largely disengaged.

To draw on the words of Pema Chodron, we need to fail, then fail again, but fail better. This we can do only if we learn from our lesser failures, instead of requiring a massive failure to teach us—with the result that people no longer want to work with us, trust is eroded, and obtaining capital proves challenging.

Are we learning? A Watson Wyatt study shows high trust environments outperform low tr20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_053ust environments by over 300%. However, according to the Edelman Trust Barometer, fewer than one in five believe their leaders are truthful. The reality is that trust is easily eroded and the social contract is being broken all the time in organizations. I recently heard of a company who turned off people’s IT before the employees knew they were going to be let go, and some were let go via a knock on the door. Organizations in which such inhuman treatment reigns continue rolling along—until the day they fail.

Imagine what could happen were we to unleash trust’s potential. As Stephen Covey says, trust is like a dividend, whereas low trust is like a tax.

We can do better. We need to restore trust in data instead of egoic opinions, heartfelt feelings instead of fear, action taken with integrity instead of from short-term expediency, relationships that are more than nominal, teams that draw out everyone’s creativity, organizationsthat can be believed in, and businesses that truly benefit communities instead of harming them.

It’s time to stop using people as a means to clean the balance sheet, instead laying people off only as a last resort after every other option has been exhausted. Research has shown a negative correlation between CEO pay and performance, so imagine what it would do to trust and performance were CEOs to publicly say they are going to sacrifice along with everyone else. At the same time, we need to have compassion for the burnout CEO who is doing their absolute best for their people.

The way we are going to solve some of our greatest challenges is by working more authentically together, which will greatly increase our effectiveness. To do this requires greater self-awareness, the ability to trust and be trusted, heartfelt commitment, ethical behavior, and clarity of purpose—20151027_CB_BellBreakfast_105each of which play a key role in sound decision making, innovation, engagement, and positive financial results.

We need to develop a regenerative economy—one in which shock absorbers are built into the organization so it can withstand and even thrive during downturns. For instance, organizations need to think regeneratively when it comes to profit and savings, seeing profit as a means to energize and sustain the future, not as a short-term windfall to be squandered. We urgently need to end our short-termism around profit generation, a move that would make a huge difference when difficult times arrive on our doorstep. We all want our organizations to be meaningful, interesting places to work, where we are each learning and bettering ourselves.  Let’s build on the mass of empirical evidence we have to this effect—indeed, on what we all also intuitively know to be true.

What an incredible week it was. Two successful book launches, and our book is already a #1 bestseller.  We are so grateful for all those who have supported our book and its important message. If you want to pick up a copy or e-copy of The Awakened Company, then click here. We have also launched an online store with sustainable products to support you in the awakening of your organization, team, community, our planet and YOU. Check it out here.

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BluEra Business Book Launch Sold Out!

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The Awakened Company’s business book launch hosted by BluEra this morning is sold out and with a waitlist.  WOWSERS.  Thank you all so much for your tremendous support! We are so excited about and grateful for the great reception that we’ve had for our book.

 

Here is a quote for your to start your day off from Craig Kielburger of Me to We: “Whether you are in a for profit, social enterprise or not for profit, how are you measuring your impact?”.

Namaste