I have been a business owner now since 1992. I have met many wonderful people along the way and I hope that in years to come I will be remembering the quality of the relationships I have enjoyed rather than how they may have helped my business succeed.
The quality of your life is the quality of your relationships.
Recently I have been focussing on business sustainability whilst coaching 10 local artists and have noticed how within the discussions of how to increase business wealth is another discussion around being involved in work which has meaning and purpose, backed up by an ethical framework which has fairness and inter-connectedness at its heart. I have felt inspired at how some of the artists want to embrace this concept within their emerging businesses.
When I look on the news at our current economic turbulence I can see how we have lost the ability to focus on core values of collaboration and community, its as if people got caught up in individualism and greed.
I have always found in business a way to collaborate with others. I have always wanted to develop networks that have an emerging possibility. I try and build the picture of the future based on what I know today and then be willing to adapt it as reality changes.
I would like to develop some conscious business groups where we can mindfully observe what’s new and emerging and applying discernment about whether to carry on down the same path or slightly reorientate as new potentials emerge.
Simon Hester a business leader talks about conscious business he says,
“A Conscious Business enshrines a series of core principles which allow it and its interactors at any level to prosper on a simple, rapid, enjoyable and mutually beneficial basis……
Sacrosanct core principles include being:
- Colleagues and their families
- Clients / End users of the product or service
- Suppliers / Service Providers
- Local and wider community
He say, “The core principles are the building blocks at the foundation of any Conscious Business, regardless of its area of operation – if they are firmly in place in relation to all of the interactors, then the result is a highly successful, sustainable organisation that knows no boundary and can achieve literally anything.” I like what Simon has written. I feel that New Leaf has always wanted to move forwards in a mindful way. Our sustainability statement reflects some of this commitment.
I would like to engage with a group of company owners who share these values and would be interested to come together with this spirit of enquiry. To kick the process off I have set up a new facebook page today called Conscious Business where some discussions can start to take place. Please come and like the page