Christopher Papadolpoulous

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Nautilus Book Awards Winner – The Awakened Company

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The best-selling book, The Awakened Company was awarded the Nautilus Book Awards for 2015 in the Business & Leadership category.

The Silver Award recognizes The Awakened Company as “…a print book of exceptional  merit that make a Nautilus Book Awardliterary and heartfelt contribution to spiritual growth, conscious living, high-level wellness, green values, responsible leadership and positive social change, as well as to the worlds of art, creativity and inspiration.”

What an honour and a privilege! I am grateful for this award, which is recognition for the importance of our work, the community involved with our book and the message in The Awakened Company: there is a better way of doing business than the current model, and it results in more engaged and passionate workers, more sustainable business and better financial results. It is the wayNautilus Book Award to do business and to solve many of the world’s problems today.

I’d like to thank my publisher, Namaste Publishing Inc., who has been a great supporter of me and my work, my collaborators Russ Hudson and Christopher Papadopoulos, a whole community of amazing leaders who contributed to our book, my team at BluEra, my husband and business partner, Kent Brown and my two incredible sons.

To learn more about the best-selling and award-winning book, The Awakened Company, visit our website and buy our book.

If you are looking for a competitive advantage in your business, more fun, meaning and success in your work, then buy and read The Awakened Company. Remember, over 75% of companies die in the first 10 years. We can do better.

Living the practices taught in The Awakened Company improves your odds of survival – and is a lot more funl!

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Watch our inspiring book launch recap

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Watch our book launch recap from an amazing and inspiring night on October 22, 2015, hosted by Owl’s Nest Books. Thank you to the over 200 people who s

howed up and gave The Awakened Company its wings…

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Paris Peace

Peace – A Response to Terrorist Attacks

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Peace. The very reason for awakened companies is to create a more meaningful life rich with experiences and a harmonious world.   Almost everything that is produced, developed, served, orchestrated and actioned is in some form of organization.  Many of you know that an awakened company relies on awakened individuals to guide, reshape and build this evolved organization.  We must look at our unconscious bias too in this type of organization, such as similar to me effect.  Please see this article on Beirut and Paris and its compelling discussion on why we must feel empathy for all.

We are deeply saddened on many levels by the terrorist attacks.  Our book launch in Vancouver had many moments of silence to heal our world.

The recent terrorists attacks are a human concocted problem and are reflective of a worldwide system that needs a reset.  We need to foster human values across the world.  Values to be included are:

Relaxed groundedness

Energetic engagement

Natural Integrity and authenticity

Acceptance

Compassion

Kindness

Openness

Truth seeking

Intentional awareness/focus

Connection and unity

Humility

We need to systematically be bringing these into our everyday lives for ourselves, relationships, family, organizations and society. We need a systemic, subtle reset to how we organize to allow for all to flourish.

We cannot awaken, however, without being deeply familiar with the peace and relaxed groundedness of the present moment. The following is some timely guidance from The Awakened Company‘s collaborator Christopher Papadopoulos:

LET IT BEGIN WITH ME

Let there be peace on Earth and let it begin with me exhorts the traditional Christian hymn. These words take on a greater importance during these days after the recent international terrorist attacks, when we are most vulnerable to slipping into our darker nature. The hurt and shock many are experiencing is a natural response. Even anger can be a natural response: there is a build-up of energy to make the body take action, to change things, to protect. Too much anger however, disconnects us from a deeper awareness and compassion. This has us flirting close to the same kind of destructive energy that flows through those who commit acts of extreme violence and cruelty. We can thus unintentionally move ourselves away from the peace we seek and create an atmosphere that enables others to continue their violent ways. We wish to release some of this pressure so that anger doesn’t lead to impulsive thoughts and reactions based in rage and xenophobia.

Moving your body vigorously (e.g. shaking your limbs, exercise, dance etc.) can help to dissipate some of this excess energy that has built up in the body. So can inhaling, tensing every muscle in the body for a few seconds and then releasing with a big exhale through the mouth (try this 5 times). Less pressure is a good start but given the apparent magnitude of the world’s problems a feeling of powerlessness can also set in. And yet you have more power than you can imagine to protect and to change things. You hold in your hands the key to personal peace and world peace. In fact peace can only begin with you, with each of us.

The most important thing you can do is something you have complete control over, to feel your body. Right now notice that your body is safe. Take a few full breaths feeling the expansion and contraction in your torso. This movement has been going on since you were born and noticing it is as important as anything you will ever do. Feel your body. No one else can do this vital work for you. There is no imminent threat. There is just you. Here. Now. After a few more deep breaths take a moment and notice your body moving and breathing all by itself.

Let’s go deeper to find more subtle levels of tension in the body. Any extra tension in the body is used by the mind as fuel to keep chattering and reacting and our goal is to quiet the mind. Unclench your jaw and solar plexus, drop your shoulders, and loosen your hands and feet. How deeply can you relax each body part? Relax your body as much as possible and feel your body move with each deep breath you take.

By fully feeling the body—which can only be felt now—you begin to enter the present moment.  This quiets a mind which is designed to stand back from the concrete reality of now so that it can reflect and judge and plan from the abstract realm of thought. Soon you will realize that the mind is a valuable tool…that needs to be put down often. Beneath the typical flood of mental activity which distorts our experience of reality and numbs our experience of our deepest self, you will begin to notice a vibrant stillness, a transcendent peace. This peace is intelligent and comes with the information that it has always been here, waiting for you to notice it. It also comes with another surprising revelation: Peace is not something that we can create; it is a fundamental characteristic of who we are and inherent in all of life.

Your body, the room you are in—and indeed the entire world— is saturated with peace. By noticing the peace that we are beneath the turmoil of our thoughts and emotions we can also perceive the peace that is all around us. Now we know that all life is indeed sacred and interconnected. When we experience our peace-filled nature, dormant yet omnipresent peace becomes ‘activated’ and can now resonate across the planet. Peace-inspired behavior naturally follows from our new and fuller experience of reality.

The world needs you to experience your true nature. This will lead others to discover theirs. And yes, the perpetrators of horrific acts are also peace in their essence—a peace they have no contact with. They “know not what they do” because they don’t know who they themselves are. It is being lost in our thoughts and emotional reactions that can lead to greater fear and rage. This blocks awareness of our interconnectedness and the sacredness of all life. This distorted and incomplete awareness leads to indifference, selfishness, violence and cruelty. So do not stray too far into fear and anger because the world needs you to be fulfilled: the fulfillment of experiencing the peace of your true nature.

~ Christopher Papadopoulos

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Banyen Books & Sound

Join us in Vancouver – November 13

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LeadershipLeadership, Join UsLeadershipJoin us for our Vancouver book launch on Friday, November 13 at 6:30 pm at Banyen Books & Sound. The Founder of this amazing bookstore, Kolin Lymworth, was a participant in the creation of The Awakened Company! Constance Kellough, Founder & President of Namaste Publishing and The Awakened Company author, Catherine Bell, will host a discussion on the rising of an Awakened Company. Please join us. #AwakenedCompany

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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Peace and Where to Find It

Peace and Where to Find It Book Launch

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The Awakened Company’s collaborator, Christopher Papadopoulos, is launching his book, Peace and Where to Find It!  Please join us at Owl’s Nest Books on October 27th for a very special evening! http://www.owlsnestbooks.com/events/2015/10/27/christopher-papadopoulos-peace-and-where-to-find-it

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