I have long been an admirer of Forum for the Future so it was a no brainer for me to take the chance to meet with them as part of The Purposeful Enterprise Summit. Although this is a multi-faceted organisation with a deep reach into the future of sustainable enterprise, this time last year I was most interested in Forum for the Future’s Net-Positive programme which had launched the year before. For me Net-Positive came at a time when I was desperately looking for new, interesting models to move the sustainability agenda forwards. I felt there was a need for something that was better than ‘better than bad’, and even circular didn’t seem to encompass both social and environmental needs. Net-Positive was one of the most positive developments of 2015, so I was keen to explore it with the organisation’s pioneering CEO Sally Uren. Read More
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When I first met Richard at The RSA in London, the first thing that struck me was his intense vitality for life. He started The Barrett Values Centre in his 50s after a long career in international economics and finance, and bounded into the room like an enthusiastic teenager. Richard was one of my key guests on The Purposeful Enterprise Summit, as I knew he completely understood the psychology of organisations alongside human development. I wasn’t disappointed with interview and it turned out to be the most popular interview of the series.
What struck me most about Richard is his ability to make understandable the huge complexity around how and why we move as individuals between consciousness levels. He really helped me to understand why, despite much personal development, I have struggled to behave with the level of consciousness I want to after a period of reversals of fortunes. This was something I had never considered before. He was just as able to explain the impact of our childhood environment can do to our ability to self-actualise in a lifetime. I found the hour I spent with Richard hugely rewarding and often listen again to this interview. Read More
Given the turmoil of first few month’s of Donald Trump’s presidency, and the on-going anxiety w feel about Brexit, you could be forgiven for losing all sense of hope of a thriving future for people and planet. To see the chaos caused at airports over his sudden lurch towards banning access to the US for refugees and passport holders from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, and to witness the disappearance of all mention of climate change from the White House and Environmental Agency’s websites, are alone cause for concern. But could these kinds of decisions act in a positive way for us, activating the primordial sense of survival that kicks in whenever we are in danger? Can the on-going uncertainty and volatility propel us forward in our goals go creating a good Life and a thriving future? Read More
If you are an ambitious entrepreneur with growth plans, at some point you will most likely have to go looking for investment to grow and expand. When you do, you will have to produce an investment deck and a pitch presentation. In a few short hours I’m off to London to help train another group of great start-ups in the art of pitching for investment. It’s something I do regularly and thoroughly enjoy, not only because I love hearing new business concepts, but I know I can help each entrepreneur refine and hone a successful pitch. How do you create a successful pitch for investment? Read More
Since Fred Laloux wrote Reinventing Organisations in 2014, the book has spawned what could almost be described as a cult following. I have been deeply interested in the ideas expressed in Fred’s ground-breaking book and I’m a member of a number of groups exploring what his ideas mean. But as yet, there are relatively few organisations in the world who are at the stage of experimenting with self-management or self-organisation from whom you can learn in detail what the challenges of the experience can be.
I’ve worked with two in the last 18 months and interviewed a dozen more for my forthcoming book and would like to share some observations from their experiences about the characteristics of the people who thrive in these organisations – which also seem to be the characteristics most companies in the future are likely to need. Read More