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Lessons on Awakening for Business

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Many lessons on awakening were discussed at our emergent, presence-based pop-up book signing event at Indigo in downtown Calgary. The Awakened Company is a model for creating a positive ripple in the world. It represents a new model of business that serves people.  Thanks again to Matrix Solutions CEO, Rob Pockar and BluEarth Renewables Founder, Kent Brown for truly creating an engaging event.

During bad times is a great time to create the ripples necessary for awakening. Organizational culture can be changed (e.g. Telus), although it’s easier to start building a great culture with a new company. We, as a business community, need to shift focus from the results to the corporate culture – the “why you exist”. Rob Pockar emphasized that it doesn’t matter if the company is privately or publically held – you still need to demonstrate great value as a robust and strategic organization and you rely on skilled people. It doesn’t matter who your shareholders are, your mindset should be the same.

Co-creation with community is possible when you identify opportunities that are great for the community as well as great for your company. You develop a shared value proposition with the community (watch this short video). Focus on the reciprocal nature of communityship and the several dimensions of community for businesses.

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Here were some great tips from Rob and Kent:

  • Be aware as a leader.  BluEra’s Blog supports notion.
  • Start with your values (watch this short video) – what are your values?
  • Develop the systems in your business to help develop awakenedness (e.g. performance reviews, interviews, coaching)
  • Be systematic and deliberate.
  • Tap into the awakenedness of your employees and talk to new employees about your values, culture and strategy and where they fit.
  • Give employees ownership over their own work and flexibility and freedom. There are guardrails and guidelines, but within an atmosphere of trust reinforced by your values.

People say all of this is hard to do, but what is the alternative? As Julian Barling states, what is the smallest thing you can do? What does your heart tell you? Your head? And what is it that you want to do?

Thanks again to Indigo, Rob Pockar, Melissa Pockar and Kent Brown, for rocking this experiment.

As the holiday season is in full swing, please take a moment to consider what it really means to you.

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!

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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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