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5 Practices to help activate meaning and self responsibility at work

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What practices and principles help activate meaning and encourage self-responsibility at work?

It turns out that self-responsibility is best encouraged by practices and principles that mirror the way in which nature works. It’s also becoming more common for organisations to create conversations and hold meetings using methods inspired by indigenous wisdom.

Biomimicry is most commonly recognised as an excellent design principle. We are used to seeing innovations inspired by nature. Shark skin structure for example very readily repels bacteria, and is also highly aero-dynamic. We’ve seen it inspire Olympic performance swimsuits and also be a source for re-designing the surface of hospital equipment, beds, railings to better repel bacterial infections like MRSA. Read More

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How to activate self-responsibility and create more meaningful work

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A meaningful life is a responsible life and we need to be able to stay in charge of what makes life meaningful for us, especially at work. 

Viktor Frankl: “In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only respond by being responsible”. 

During the past 2 years I’ve interviewed hundreds of organisations who were either activating social and environmental purpose or creating a meaningful working culture inside their organisations. I met a very few where they’ve been able to do both. Read More

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Purpose needs an ally: that ally is Meaningful Work

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There are many items on the global agenda for change. Climate change. Social change. The changing political landscape. Changing energy sources. A change in how we produce our food. A change in how we will work in a future with increasing populations, ageing populations & longevity in rich nations. There’s so much change going on at such a rapid rate, it sometimes feels like we’ve been stuck on an out of control waltzer at the funfair!

We live in volatile uncertain complex and ambiguous times. VUCA. A neat little acronym that’s becoming as familiar as cheese on toast. Many things that we have taken for granted are changing rapidly beneath our feet. Read More

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How to write a talk with an idea worth spreading

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Yesterday I was invited to speak at my local chamber of commerce to a group of invited business people about the power of speaking as a communication tool, and in particular the value of TED-style talks for small business. A TED-style talk is one with an idea worth spreading – so says Chris Anderson, founder of the world-renowned event series.  A high percentage of businesses in CoCs are service businesses so I wanted to illustrate how this kind of business can find an ‘idea worth spreading’ as well as the many academics, authors, researchers and scientists who we often see on the stage at TED. One of the great benefits of the rise of TED and the power of the internet has been the enormous renaissance in speaking. There are now so many more opportunities to put your business in front of others. An idea worth spreading is a talk worth considering to promote your business! Read More

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The Purposeful Enterprise Summit 2016 – Forum for the Future Net Positive

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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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The Purposeful Enterprise Summit Richard Barrett on Values-Driven Organisations

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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