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…