Advocacy and Enquiry – a First Look

A colleague of mine, Pete Burden, recently led a session at a conference in Slovenia on Advocacy and Enquiry. When we advocate, we assert, we “put out”, we say stuff. In meetings where there is a lot of advocacy, there aren’t many questions. A lot of the questions are actually more advocacy dressed up as questions;…

My Own Definition of Conscious Business

  “There is no coming to consciousness without pain.”  Carl Jung This is very much a work in  progress – an emerging set of notes. I’m going to define Conscious Business in a way that is different to  most in this field. Consciousness arises from suffering. Now, bear with me for a moment on that…

What Makes a Conscious Business Culture?

By Paul Levy and Jamie Pyper  Here we go again …. Culture! We’ve come a long way since culture was described as “the way we do things around here.” That simple definition underpins what writers such as Charles Handy said way back in the ’80s: “in organisations there are deep-set beliefs about the way work…

Mission-driven businesses – a first look

The emergence of mission-led businesses What is the mission of your business ? The word “mission” is a buzz word that has been around for decades in relation to the business world. Can a business really have a mission? The UK government is getting interested in “Mission-led businesses, stating “new businesses are emerging that seek…

Conscious Conference – The Blog

              Paul Levy and Pete Burden share their reflections and experiences from the MIT Conference Workshop on Management and Innovative Technologies in Fiesa, Slovenia, 28th-30th September 2014 Day Minus 1 – Saturday 27th September 2014 The Luggage of History – Arrivals               We…

Conscious Business? Hmmmm….

              We aren’t really happy with the term “conscious business”, we being the group here in Brighton discussing and exploring it. It’s a term very much tied up with “conscious capitalism” which has a history and an ongoing close link to CSR – corporate social responsbility. It also sounds…

The Integrity Conversation- A Conscious Process for Making Structures Work

All About Integrity When you hear the word “integrity” you might think about how honest, reliable or truthful someone is. You might also have heard the word “integrity” used in a sci-fi film such as Star Trek. “We’re under attack, Captain. The structural integrity of the ship’s hull is breaking down!”. You might have also…

What is a Conscious Business?

                A conscious business is a business that is awake and alert, able to sense internally and externally, and aware of its motives, in real-time. A conscious business is awake and alert How can a business be awake? I don’t mean the building – the office block, the…

Pathetic Responses in a Conscious Business

              I know this is a rather strange title for a short article! Welcome to the world of pathos in organisations. You might have first heard the word “pathos” in your literature class at school or college, used to describe a quality in writing or art that evokes an…

Conscious Business: Senior Management Briefing

The Starting Point The starting point is this: As a senior manager, you have no eternal right to exist. It is no taken for granted assumption in a conscious business that you are always needed. Your starting point is one of being always humble, and ready to step aside and to allow in whatever is…

Conscious Business Sleep States

Overview One aspect of exploring consciousness is to look at sleep. When we sleep, our physical senses are largely switched off. We also dream. Confusing our dreams with reality is a state of self-delusion. Organisations and businesses can enter varies kinds of “sleep”. They can be asleep TO something, or deluded ABOUT something. The following…

Twenty Key Features of a Conscious Public Organisation

This checklist, drawn from over 20 years working with public sector organisations, as well as recent research in to the field of “Conscious Business” offers a new way to look at public service. Whether it is a local government organisation, a hospital or a public utility, public organisations have tended to evolve into bureaucracies, strongly…

The Conscious Cafe: 1001 Ways to Improve Sales

I live in cafes. I work and write in cafes. I eat and drink in cafes. I meet in cafes. I also teach real customer service. So, here are 101 ideas and tips for refreshing your approach to running your cafe, especially if you are honest enough with yourself to admit you may have “lost…

Take The First Step Towards Becoming a Conscious Business

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step Towards Becoming a Conscious Business? We can help you and your organisation to develop into a conscious business. A conscious business is able to fully sense what is going on and what needs to be done, internally and externally, in real time. Like a fully conscious person,…

How Conscious is your Business?

Self-Assessment Tool Purpose The following exercise is easy to carry out and will give you a rough idea of how well it scores as a conscious business How to do it Read through the simple model below which shows the basic elements of a conscious business then work through the instructions. Eleven Elements of a…

Conscious Business Leadership – A Checklist

By Jamie Pyper and Paul Levy “The old leadership models increasingly no longer apply. A new type of conscious leader is emerging whose style is fit for 21st century purpose.” Jamie Pyper There’s been a lot written on leadership in recent years. We’ve heard of visionary leaders, charismatic leaders, strategic leaders, and even servant-leaders.  Less has…

Conscious Business: The Pyper calls the Tune

Conscious business pioneer, Jamie Pyper, offers a remarkably simple view of what a conscious business is… According to Jamie, co-founder of Conscious Business People, and a regular café converser with CATS3000’s Paul Levy, conscious business uses  “Common Sense to change the way business is done.” Here Paul has elaborated Jamie’s powerful eleven point checklist and…

Exploring Motive Consciousness

What is motive consciousness? Motive consciousness is high when a business is aware of its motives. The widely and openly shared those motives are, the more conscious the business is as a hole. Motives which are kept hidden from any part of the organisation lowers the consciousness of the business. Motives can also be distorted…

Why Conscious Businesses Aren’t Interested in Selling

The following video is one of my “talks from the shed”, where I share some thoughts from my den of inspiration – the shed at the bottom of my garden. In this short talk, I offer a challenge to a process that has become so hard-wired into people and businesses, that even socially responsible businesses…

Book a Conscious Business Training Session

Overview We offer a number of one or two-day training sessions in Conscious Business. Using our signature interactive style, each session offers a strong grounding in the core principles of conscious business practice, as well as an opportunity to directly relate theses principles to your own business or organisation. Practical activities, stories and cases combine…

Conscious Business and Social Responsibility

One of the perplexing realisations I arrived at when exploring the subject of Conscious Business more deeply was this: A conscious business isn’t always a socially responsible one. Indeed, some highly conscious businesses are extremely toxic in their approach to their communities, their employees, their customers and the environment. Many of the most conscious businesses…

Deep Dive into Business Self-Consciousness

METRIC 2 – Business Self-Consciousness Here we attempt to assess the extent to which the business is self-aware of key issues relating to Conscious Business. To what extent does the business “know itself” in real time. Here we define self-knowledge and awareness as a consciousness of the organisation self – the who, what, why, how,…

Temporal Conscious Business – A No Nonsense Guide

Think about your business right now. You’ve probably got a bunch of things to do. How well is your business doing right now? What are the main challenges today? Now imagine yourself slowly into the future. Tomorrow, next week, next month, next year, five years from you. How clear is the future to you? How…

Why Conscious Business Isn’t Just “Best Practice”

At a recent Conscious Business Meeting in London, a participant asked a very important question. I was sharing the 1001 tips for being a conscious business and he asked: But isn’t this all just “best practice”? Now, best practice is a term that has been used and abused since the 1980s when I first heard…

1001 Ways to Make your Business More Conscious

This is a collection of ideas and tips for raising the level and, improving the quality of consciousness in a business. Please do add your own! 1. Turn weekly reports into daily reports 2. As a leader, own up to business mistakes and invite your team to reflect and learn from them 3. Identify habits…

Dimensions of Business “Consciousness”

There are a vast number of definitions of consciousness. In science, consciousness is a function of the brain. In metaphysics and the “New age” movement, the brain is an element or even a function of consciousness! Explanations abound, and it is easy to get lost in the mire of thought and application. The scientific establishment…

Deep Dive into Temporal Business Consciousness

METRIC 1 – Temporal Business Consciousness This measures the organisation’s self-consciousness in terms of time. The timeline of past, present and future is the focus here. How does the organisation consciously draw from its past – understanding its history, learning lessons, recognising historical patterns and effects? To what extend does it take conscious responsibility for…

Conscious Small Business – A First Look

This is a first, tentative look at what a conscious small business might look like, using my own definition of conscious business. I’m doing this because there’s a growing interest among very small businesses to behave “consciously”. I’m also doing it because, in recent months, I’ve spoken to quite a number of owners and leaders…

Conscious Leadership

Presence in Leadership I’m increasingly noticing myself asking a particular question when working with small and large business clients when debriefing and working through a problem or issue that requires some kind of turnaround. The question relates to decisions made that led to, or contributed to, the current situation coming into being. The question is:…