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What Would It Take for Your Employees to Love Coming to Work?

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This article “What Would It Take for Your Employees to Love Coming to Work?” was written by Indigo Ocean Dutton for HuffPost.

An Interview with Catherine Bell.

The Awakened Company gives full credit to the author.


You wake at 7am with a smile on your face and no need for an alarm clock. Your first thought is, “Mmm, nice. Today is Tuesday. I’ve got some cool stuff to do today.”

You take an extra couple minutes to just lie there in bed, savoring how cozy it is, and how good it feels to simply be alive. Then your thoughts turn to some of the projects you’re working on and the awesome people you’re working with. You practically leap out of the bed, eager to get on with what is sure to be a deeply fulfilling and creatively expressive day. Let the fun begin!

Does this describe a typical Tuesday morning for you? How about your employees? Would you like for it to?

For most North Americans, whether they are the boss or an entry level worker, a typical morning goes more like this….

The alarm rings. Everything in you immediately rebels against the idea of leaving the sweetness of sleep for the harsh realities of the day ahead. You hit snooze. You try to fall back into the sweetness, but you can’t quite let go of the dread of what comes after you inevitably must get out of bed. You start debating just how long you can put it off.

The alarm rings again. Sometimes you hit snooze a second time. Other times you remember the disapproving looks greeting you as you walk into the office 5 minutes late, so you brace yourself and get on with it.

Who in their right mind would choose the second scenario over the first one? Who would choose it for themselves or for the people who work for them?

Wouldn’t everyone rather live in a world in which the people you encounter throughout your day are actually happy to be there? The people who provide you with services, happy to be doing whatever they are doing for you?

You may be asking yourself if it could really be the norm for things to be this bad for most people.

According to Catherine Bell of BluEra consulting, who interviewed thousands of employees across North American companies for her recent book The Awakened Company, the situation is even more extreme than I’ve described.

“It’s important for us to consider the data, and the majority of people at work are disengaged. Then you couple that with that the majority of people would rank taking out the trash and doing household chores as more enjoyable than spending time with their boss….”

And it isn’t only the employee having a rough ride. Catherine continues, “And then a whole other layer, is that the majority of business, over 80% of businesses, fail within the first decade. So from both the perspective of the leader and the person who is kind of leading upwards, we can do better.”

What do we do to get from where we are to where we want to be as a work culture?

Catherine sees the key to creating the kind of workplace we all would choose for ourselves as being a company culture that makes team self-awareness a primary objective for the work being done. In fact, she recommends selecting people to be hired by vetting candidates for self-awareness ahead of even job skills.

“The majority of people don’t even know, or aren’t willing to admit, what their blind spots are.

I interviewed thousands of people and asked, ‘What are your greatest gifts?’ And people could clearly explain what their greatest gifts were. And when I asked, ‘What are your work-ons? or ‘Why wouldn’t you be a fit for this role?’ The majority of people say, ‘Well there’s no reason.’

So there’s a self-awareness gap that we really need to be genuine about when talking about performance, when talking about hiring….

In interviews, when people say they don’t have anything to work on, I say, ‘Well I have pages and pages of weaknesses that I need to work on. And there’s a direct correlation between self-awareness and performance, so what’s going on here?’

Tony Hsieh of Zappos, Seth Godin, and Tony Robbins are agreeing with her. Not only have they endorsed her book, but they are also supporting the approach to creating a company culture that sees the self-awareness, personal fulfillment, and development of each worker as just as essential to the bottom line as any financial profit-seeking objective..

Patagonia has such a complete commitment to creating a values-aligned company culture that when a major company that didn’t align with Patagonia’s values approached them about buying Patagonia-ware they could put their logo on, Patagonia refused to make the sale.

You may balk at the idea of putting values ahead of revenue, but Catherine’s research has definitively shown that by increasing self-awareness and related personal responsibility, business profitability actually increases!

“What’s interesting is that when [corporations] are two-thirds about culture and one-third about profit, they’re more profitable.”

If you want to help build a happier, healthier, more profitable work environment at your company, then there are a few very simple things you can do:

  1. Accept responsibility for managing your own self-awareness and personal integrity, whether you are officially a manager or not.
  2. Start building your self-awareness skills, whether by meditating or using a resource like Calm or Headspace (originally written as “the free Stop, Breathe & Think app.” – this app no longer exists.)
  3. Take responsibility for your moods. Don’t demand that your external situation change before you are willing to contribute a positive mood to your workplace. Combine a joyful mentality now with a commitment to creating structural changes that will be conducive of well-being for all.
  4. Get real about where you’re in need of growth, and be willing to admit fallibility without shame, blame, or defensiveness.

What are you ready to do differently to create the workplace you want?


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Money – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Money – Author & Mission Venture Capitalist, Joel Solomon

Money. How can we do better with our money? How do we help make the world a better place? Answers to these questions and more on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

In this interview, Joel suggests some questions we can ask as a consumer and as an investor. At the heart of it, living an examined life, asking questions, doing your best, and ensuring that you’re all in on what matters will help when answering life’s tough questions.

This is part 6 of 6 in our interview series with Joel. Stay tuned for a new leader in the coming weeks.

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About Joel’s Book The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

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Commitment – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Commitment and examination as keys to becoming an Awakened Leader are the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

An Awakened Leader

In this interview, Joel discusses an examined inner life and a commitment to being the best contributor that we possibly can, results in a leader who is more comfortable with transparency, directness, love, kindness and generosity, and helping people lift to their highest performance and behaviours because there is meaning and purpose to it. It results in an Awakened Leader.

On Relationships and Relatedness

Catherine and Joel also discuss suggestions for building better relationships and relatedness with one another.

This is part 5 of 6 in our interview series with Joel. Part 6 will be out next week.

 

About Joel’s Book – The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

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Examine Why – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Examine Why – Author & Mission Venture Capitalist, Joel Solomon

Examine why and what you want to leave behind as a business leader are the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

In this interview, Joel discusses why is it important to examine the choices we make regarding our time, power and purpose and being clear on why we make these choices and what they mean to the future. He also explains what he’d like his legacy to be and why.

This is part 4 of 6 in our interview series with Joel. Part 5 will be out next week.

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About Joel’s Book – The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

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Cultivating Inner Skills – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Cultivating Inner Skills – Author & Mission Venture Capitalist, Joel Solomon

Cultivating your inner skills and Joel’s biggest career learning are the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

In this interview, Joel discusses his biggest career learning and some practices on cultivating your inner skills as a leader.

This is part 3 of 6 in our interview series with Joel. Part 4 will be out next week.

cultivating

About Joel’s Book – The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

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Capitalism & Money – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Capitalism & Money – Author & Mission Venture Capitalist, Joel Solomon

Capitalism and money are the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

In this interview, Joel discusses the meaning of money and whether capitalism is the best system for us.

This is part 2 of 6 in our interview series with Joel. Part 3 will be out next week.

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About Joel’s Book – The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

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Meaning & Purpose – Awakened Leaders Vlog with Joel Solomon

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Meaning & Purpose – Author & Mission Venture Capitalist, Joel Solomon

Meaning and purpose is just one of the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with author and mission venture capitalist, Joel Solomon.

In this interview, Joel discusses finding meaning in your life and living a life of purpose. But first, Catherine and Joel debate ‘how much is enough’? This will give you pause for thought on answering this question for yourself and why you came to this answer.

This is the first of 6 parts in our interview series with Joel. Part 2 will be out next week.

meaning

About Joel’s Book – The Clean Money Revolution

The Clean Money Revolution calls for the reinvention of power, purpose and capitalism, that will generate the biggest money making opportunity in history.

$50 trillion will change hands from Boomers to Millennials in North America alone by 2050. It will remake the world. We are ancestors of the future. We must know what our money does to people and places, then take actions to align our dollars with our values.

Read more here.

About Joel Solomon

Joel is Co-Founder and Chair of Renewal Funds, Canada’s largest mission venture capital firm, with $98m under management. Renewal Funds invests in Organics and Envirotech.

With Founder + Funder Carol Newell, Joel implemented a “whole portfolio activation to mission” strategy as leader of her “activist family office”. As ED of the Endswell Foundation they spent down a $20m endowment, leaving Tides Canada Foundation and Hollyhock as legacy charities while supporting BC’s renowned environmental community.

As CEO of Renewal Partners‘ seed capital fund over $10m was placed into dozens of green companies.

meaning

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Nature Contains All of The Answers – Awakened Leaders Vlog with TerraCycle’s Tom Szaky

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Nature Contains All of The Answers –  TerraCycle’s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky

Nature contains all of the answers. This and becoming a better leader through awakened relationships are the topics on this week’s Awakened Leaders Vlog with TerraCycle’s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky.

In this interview, Tom discusses with Catherine how to build better relationships as a leader and nature’s biggest lesson.

This is the final part of our interview series with Tom.

Next week, we will launch a new interview series with an exciting new guest, so stay tuned.

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What is TerraCycle?

TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste.

 

Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable” is their mission. Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. TerraCycle partners with individual collectors, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, TerraCycle is able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

Read more here.

About Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste. Tom immigrated to Canada at the age of four from his home in Hungary, after the Chernobyl disaster with his parents, who are medical doctors. He grew up in Toronto and attended Princeton University before leaving to focus on TerraCycle and his mission towards Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.

Early on in his career, Tom started three small ‘dot.com‘ companies.[7] These were Werehome.com, piority.com, and studentmarks.com.[5] In 2006, Tom was named the “#1 CEO under thirty” by Inc. magazine in its July 2006 issue for his work in TerraCycle.[8]

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Inner Workings of an Awakened Company with TerraCycle’s Tom Szaky – Awakened Leaders Vlog

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Inner Workings of an Awakened Company with TerraCycle’s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky

Inner workings of an Awakened Company is this week’s topic on our Awakened Leaders Vlog with TerraCycle’s CEO & Founder, Tom Szaky.

In this interview, Tom gives Catherine some insight on some of the inner workings of TerraCycle from his company’s key metrics for success and how they engage their employees, to what is an Awakened Leader.

This is part 4 of 5 of our interview series with Tom. We will post our last interview with Tom next week. Stay tuned for another exciting new guest after that.

inner workings

What is TerraCycle?

TerraCycle is an eco-friendly recycling company that has become a global leader in recycling typically non-recyclable waste.

 

Eliminating the Idea of Waste® by recycling the “non-recyclable” is their mission. Whether it’s coffee capsules from your home, pens from a school, or plastic gloves from a manufacturing facility, TerraCycle can collect and recycle almost any form of waste. TerraCycle partners with individual collectors, as well as major consumer product companies, retailers, manufacturers, municipalities, and small businesses across 20 different countries. With your help, TerraCycle is able to divert millions of pounds of waste from landfills and incinerators each month.

Read more here.

About Tom Szaky

Tom Szaky is the CEO and founder of TerraCycle, a company that makes consumer products from waste. Tom immigrated to Canada at the age of four from his home in Hungary, after the Chernobyl disaster with his parents, who are medical doctors. He grew up in Toronto and attended Princeton University before leaving to focus on TerraCycle and his mission towards Eliminating the Idea of Waste®.

Early on in his career, Tom started three small ‘dot.com‘ companies.[7] These were Werehome.com, piority.com, and studentmarks.com.[5] In 2006, Tom was named the “#1 CEO under thirty” by Inc. magazine in its July 2006 issue for his work in TerraCycle.[8]

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