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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.

 

Creating an Awakened Ripple in the World

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The Awakened Company is a model for creating a positive ripple in the world.

A new model of business that serves people is needed, anawakened one where people are working on themselves, their relationships, their teams, the organization and their community for a noble purpose.

On November 27th, Indigo Downtown Calgary hosted a pop up event with author Catherine Bell and contributors to The Awakened Company, CEO of Matrix Environmental Solutions Rob Pockar,  Founder of BluEarth Renewables, Kent Brown, and facilitated by Melissa Pockar of MoreSo.

We discussed the following themes:

  • awakeness
  • independence and interdependence
  • communityship
  • culture.

Catherine laid out a framework, noting the importance of environment and context, which are holding all of us, and that we are truly having an interdependent experience. Profit is not a good enough motive for businesses to survive, let alone thrive. We need to focus on the more mecurial aspects of culture in organizations, such as engagement, values and mindset to name a few.

In our next series of blogs, we will focus on learnings from our pop up event from Rob Pockar and Kent Brown, and how The Awakened Company has impacted their organizations. These blogs will include videos and photos from the event on 1. Awakened Leadership as an entrepreneur and 2. Awakened Leadership in a large organizations.

Book Signing

Book signing Today at Indigo’s downtown Calgary location!

Book signing Today at Indigo’s downtown Calgary location! 800 600 Catherine Bell

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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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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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

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Engaging the Human Spirit

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We Are Disengaged at Work

How can we be better at engaging the human spirit in organizations?

Thirteen percent of employees worldwide are engaged at work, according to Gallup’s new 142-country study on the State of the Global Workplace.

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We are losing valuable moments of time.  As leaders, do we not have a moral obligation to improve this?  What context creates an engaged person?   Is that context the same for everyone?

What if we stopped seeing people as employees, and rather colleagues?

What do you think and feel  we can do to improve this data?

Let’s awaken something different in organizations.

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We want this to be all about you!!!

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