When Leadership Pollutes the World

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By Maiken Piil VW has unwillingly become the best business case for conscious capitalism, showing us what happens when ego, arrogance and profit becomes a driver for business, and why traditional management has outplayed its role. By all traditional measures Martin Winterkorn was a very successful top executive. In his nearly 8 years as CEO for Volkswagen, he nearly doubled the company’s turnover to €200 billion, he conquered China, and won the race to become the world’s largest car manufacturer, overtaking Toyota and General Motors. With support from the Board, he won a power struggle with Chairman Piëch, pushing Piëch out of the game and securing himself an extended contract. On paper, everything looked like […]

Living the Reinvented Organisation

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by Nikyta Guleria and Graham Boyd This is a story of how the ‘nice to have’ human aspects of the business are really the ‘need to have’. The story of how our non-profit, edgetalents, became a successful for-profit in a year. A story of how we re-invented the company, turning it into a deliberately developmental one (1). We blended traditional business methods with Holacracy, adult development from Laske, Kegan and Dojo4Life (2); and good old Art of Hosting methodologies. Having just read Frederic Laloux’s book, we believe our edge talents story may be useful to others re-inventing their organisations.Nikyta: This is also my story. As a recent graduate, about how I went from needing safety and […]

Solving the Productivity Puzzle

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Mind the Maintenance Gap – Solving the Productivity Puzzle Doug Crawford The productivity of organisations in the UK has for long been a cause for real concern as productivity levels have consistently remained below the average of G7 advanced economies (the gap now stands at 17%, the largest since 1992- according to Office for National Statistics, February 2015). Many reasons have been given for this, solutions postulated and blame apportioned, especially by political leaders, but one aspect that does not appear to have been given serious consideration is the prevailing mindset through which the productivity debate is being conducted. Let us travel back in time for a moment to the ‘industrial era’ where wealth was […]


Seven Secrets of Authenticity

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Stuart Haden (Excerpt from Can you be coached to authentic greatness?) As we increasingly place greater emphasis on personal values many people choose to develop as authentic leaders. An authentic leader is aware of their identity and skilfully exhibits these values in the workplace… If you want to develop authenticity with the support and challenge of a coach then consider the following Seven Secrets of Authenticity: IDENTITY – aligning yourself. In order to be authentic we have to raise our self-awareness and understand who we really are. We need to be mindful that the external environment is important, but ensure we also focus on our inner world. INNER – skillfully expressing yourself. It is one […]

Spiral Dynamics

Spiral Dynamics: Theory you can use

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Post by Jon Freeman  spiralfutures.com Native American wisdom teacher Sun Bear once said “I am not interested in a philosophy if it doesn’t help me grow corn”.  Theories are much the same. Their usefulness depends essentially on three things: Do they explain what we can see? Do they correctly predict what will happen next? Do they provide useful information that helps us change outcomes? In 1974 Professor Clare W. Graves described the conditions that would face mankind in the future. He said that these conditions would demand a “momentous leap” in human capacities. Forty years on we are now living in exactly the life conditions he predicted. This prediction was based on decades of research […]

Conscious Leaders

Why Conscious Leaders Are Material to the Sustainability of a Business

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Post by Neela Bettridge http://www.neelabettridge.com/ There is no denying that the changing global context is increasingly more chaotic and unpredictable: Violence, environmental degradation, food shortages, global consumerism, global warming and increasing gaps between rich and poor. Whether or not these are symptoms of deeper underlying issues, it is clear that we are surrounded by challenging global crises that call for fundamental change. Never before has the interconnectedness and interdependence of humanity, the environment and our planet been so apparent. The global financial market crisis of 2008 demonstrated this reality. Our choices, small and large, individually and collectively affect each other continually. Our decisions have repercussions globally as we increasingly discover how intertwined we are in […]


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