Conscious Business Consulting Enterprise - A New Frontier for Our Work

  • By Garth Catterall, Webmaster
  • 19 Jul, 2017
The CV Consulting Enterprise leadership team. From L to R: Kevin Farrell, Kristin Vesa, Craig Elkins, and Steve Farrell.
The CV Consulting Enterprise leadership team. From L to R: Kevin Farrell, Kristin Vesa, Craig Elkins, and Steve Farrell.
During the Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in June, the Conscious Business Initiative team focused on developing the CBI Consulting Enterprise. There were 16 of us on the team in Cleveland, a mix of Conscious Business Change Agents (CBCAs) and members of the CBI staff.

The CBI Consulting Enterprise (CE) is the next major unit that we collaboratively birth under the umbrella of CBI services that today include Training, CBCA Certification, and the Community of Practice. We expect the CE will include a number of solutions available to businesses over time, but the initial implementation will focus on a no-frills 1-2-3 methodology to help a business determine where it currently falls on the path of Consciousness.

The 1-2-3 methodology integrates these steps:
  1. Use the Conscious Business Assessment Tool (CBAT) that we are developing to baseline an organization against the criteria we are distilling from the Conscious Business Declaration.
  2. Develop a profile for the organization that highlights strengths and opportunities for improvement, then present the profile and discuss findings with the client.
  3. Develop and review a proposed roadmap with the client that remedies gaps and brings the organization in alignment across all Declaration measurements. Subsequently, the roadmap can form the basis for follow-on work with the client.
Since the Forum, we’ve engaged with the CBCAs to discuss a way forward to implement the CE. A leadership team that includes Kristin Vesa, Craig Elkins, Steve Farrell, and Kevin Farrell recently met to continue refining the assessment tool and the go-to-market approach. The team also engaged David Sherrill and Lou Hamburger to explore how we might integrate similar work they are doing.

We certainly all feel a sense of excitement around the flurry of activity underway on this initiative. We’re gaining traction rapidly and with purpose.

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By Garth Catterall, Webmaster 19 Jul, 2017
In a matter of seconds you can become a critical part in changing how business behaves on the planet. We often speak about changing ourselves, taking care of the environment, practicing kindness, etc., which is a good thing, even essential to improving life on Earth. But unfortunately it’s insufficient. It’s become most evident that we must address these same qualities when engaging with businesses we patronize day-in and day-out

It is true that we as individuals and communities can do our part in being conscious and business can lead by example in becoming conscious in day-to-day operations.

The Conscious Business Declaration calls for radical shift in perspective for business globally, one that is already shared by humanity’s leading spiritual traditions and validated by modern science. It is expressed in the first principle of the Declaration: “We Are One with humanity and all of life.” Read the declaration here .

In the short time since the Declaration’s initiation, over 1,700 people have signed it, indicating their agreement with and support for its principles. The Declaration concludes with the statement: “When aligned with Oneness, Business is the most powerful engine on Earth for creating prosperity and flourishing for all.”

If you haven’t already, please help us reach our goal of 10,000 signers of the Conscious Business Declaration. After you sig n, we invite you to reach out to your family, friends and co-workers to add their names. In fact you can ask businesses which you frequent if they are operating in a conscious manner and, at the same time, provide a copy of the Business Declaration to them. At a minimum you will have planted the seed, so that others may in the future relax in the “shade” of an idea you seeded.

Thank you for assisting in voicing your hopes--and acting--regarding businesses now and in the years ahead for us, our children and our grandchildren..
By Garth Catterall, Webmaster 19 Jul, 2017
Inspiration occasionally comes knocking on the door of life. Seventeen of us from the Conscious Business Initiative opened that door as we journeyed to Cleveland the week of June 12th to the Fourth Global Forum at Case Western University.

Arriving from places such as Europe and Hawaii and others in between, our troop was a mix of Conscious Business Change Agents (CBCAs) and members of the Conscious Business core team. During the Forum we spent quality time dreaming into our emerging Consulting Practice function.

Though the topics addressed during the Forum were quite expansive, one thing that resonated, in particular, was the theme of “awakening the inner self.” Many organizations today emphasize the importance of shifting business by focusing on external change. Yet it’s awakening internally that is so critical to a comprehensive shift in business behavior on Earth.

The themes of People, Profit, and Planet, the “3 Ps”, are commonly referenced by progressive organizations in describing improvements resulting from the external shift. However, in Conscious Business internal awakening introduces a critically important fourth “P” into the mix: Presence.

Presence brings forward the powerful concept of Divine Oneness. Everything is interrelated, interconnected, and interdependent. Connection and responsibility go together, so this means everything is in service to life.

When business leaders awaken internally, their awareness and actions transform fundamentally, aligning with conscious principles in business. Chris Laszlo, a host of the Forum and co-sponsor of our Conscious Business Declaration, articulated this message very effectively during his presentation as the conference opened.

Those of us who made the journey to Cleveland look forward to sharing more about the Forum with the greater CBI community, as we continue to co-create this movement with you.
By Garth Catterall, Webmaster 19 Jul, 2017
During the Fourth Global Forum at Case Western Reserve University in June, the Conscious Business Initiative team focused on developing the CBI Consulting Enterprise. There were 16 of us on the team in Cleveland, a mix of Conscious Business Change Agents (CBCAs) and members of the CBI staff.

The CBI Consulting Enterprise (CE) is the next major unit that we collaboratively birth under the umbrella of CBI services that today include Training, CBCA Certification, and the Community of Practice. We expect the CE will include a number of solutions available to businesses over time, but the initial implementation will focus on a no-frills 1-2-3 methodology to help a business determine where it currently falls on the path of Consciousness.

The 1-2-3 methodology integrates these steps:
  1. Use the Conscious Business Assessment Tool (CBAT) that we are developing to baseline an organization against the criteria we are distilling from the Conscious Business Declaration.
  2. Develop a profile for the organization that highlights strengths and opportunities for improvement, then present the profile and discuss findings with the client.
  3. Develop and review a proposed roadmap with the client that remedies gaps and brings the organization in alignment across all Declaration measurements. Subsequently, the roadmap can form the basis for follow-on work with the client.
Since the Forum, we’ve engaged with the CBCAs to discuss a way forward to implement the CE. A leadership team that includes Kristin Vesa, Craig Elkins, Steve Farrell, and Kevin Farrell recently met to continue refining the assessment tool and the go-to-market approach. The team also engaged David Sherrill and Lou Hamburger to explore how we might integrate similar work they are doing.

We certainly all feel a sense of excitement around the flurry of activity underway on this initiative. We’re gaining traction rapidly and with purpose.
By Garth Catterall, Webmaster 19 Jul, 2017
Inspiration. Prosperity. Flourishing. Connectedness. Love.

These are just a few of the words that came to mind for those who participated in the Fourth Global Forum for Business as an Agent of World Benefit in June on the campus of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio.

More than 300 individuals from business, academia, and non-governmental organizations gathered to Discover Flourishing Enterprise —to learn and share how business can be a positive force for good in our society. This topic was explored at the individual, organizational and systemic levels, resulting in a shared consciousness that is not often felt at typical management conferences. The gathering was remarkable for many reasons, but what stood out for me and for many participants was the bond forged between those of us there and the sense of hope for the future that emerged throughout the three days.

Inspirational speakers included Jeff Hoffman, a co-founder of Priceline.com, who encouraged us all to focus on the same innate sense of wonder and joy we felt as five-year-olds; Barbara Fredrickson, an eminent scholar in positive psychology, who gave us the scientific and academic data to support the idea that love and happiness are essential for our well-being and success; and Jonathan Halperin from Greyston Bakery, who shared his company’s compassionate—and profitable—mission of open hiring and how it creates flourishing at all levels. Peter Senge from MIT led a fascinating panel with Julie Reiter from Clarke and Fred Tsao from the IMC Pan Asian Alliance Group, who shared tangible, real-world examples of how their organizations have prospered through conscious leadership and a shared commitment to a higher purpose.

It would be impossible not to feel a sense of hope about the future of business—and our world—after celebrating the 17 Flourish Prize winners. These companies, the students who uncovered their stories and the professors who guided them—all through the AIM2Flourish initiative of the Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit at CWRU—showcased tremendous innovations that are addressing the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals . If the creativity, energy, and dedication to purpose shared by these Flourish Prize honorees is any indication of what the next generation of business leaders plans to accomplish, then I think we are on the right path.

Guided by Appreciative Inquiry , the whole systems based approach to design developed at CWRU’s Weatherhead School of Management under the guidance of professors David Cooperrider and Ron Fry, participants worked within their organizational and corporate teams, or in working groups based on shared interests, such as the Conscious Business Initiative, the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative, and Impact Investing. Some individuals worked alongside others on their own priority issues, benefitting from the collective energy and wisdom of the whole. In essence, we came together to explore how each of us—as business leaders, as teachers, as learners, and most importantly, as human beings—has the power to transform the way we address the social and global challenges ahead of us through a commitment to shared prosperity and flourishing.

Chris Laszlo, PhD
Faculty Executive Director
Fowler Center for Business as an Agent of World Benefit
Weatherhead School of Management
Case Western Reserve University
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