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Conscious Leadership 1067 439 Paul Ward

Conscious Leadership

Creating a conscious business is not possible without conscious leadership. Purposefully applying conscious leadership practices for the benefit of all is one of the six conscious business principles described in the book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. The conscious leadership practices presented in this book provide a framework—noticing what is going on, setting intention,…

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Conscious Leadership
Whole-Systems Thinking 1067 439 Paul Ward

Whole-Systems Thinking

Systems thinking is an important step on the journey from dividedness to wholeness, from separateness to oneness. The concepts of systems thinking have been with us for decades and were made popular in organizational learning by Peter Senge as the fifth discipline, with tools and techniques aimed at destroying the illusion that the world is…

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Conscious Cultures 1067 439 Paul Ward

Conscious Cultures

Conscious leaders create conscious cultures. We can see this in entrepreneurial organizations where the founder imposes their visions, goals, beliefs, values, and assumptions, and the culture emerges as the organization grows and employees share in the leader’s philosophy. Conscious and unconscious cultures have been described in the book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. There…

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Choosing the Right Path for the Greater Good 1067 439 Paul Ward

Choosing the Right Path for the Greater Good

As we witness the imposed grounding of the Boeing 737 Max aircraft, the recent college admissions scandal in the US, and the seemingly daily reports of the unscrupulous behavior of politicians, we find claims of unethical behavior are rarely out of the news. We can easily pass judgment on these examples of misconduct and wrongdoing…

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Beyond Sustainability 1067 439 Paul Ward

Beyond Sustainability

Sustainability has become a buzzword with multiple meanings and a lot of lip-service. We need to go further. Beyond sustainability: contributing to the creation of a better world is one of six conscious business principles described in the book, The Inner Journey to Conscious Leadership. The terms social sustainability, economic sustainability, and environmental sustainability provide…

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Stakeholder Integration 1067 439 Paul Ward

Stakeholder Integration

Hardly a day goes by without news of another activist investor demanding action to maximize profits and increase shareholder returns. This intense focus on maximizing profits for the benefit of shareholders shows little regard for the people in the organization, the quality of the products and services offered, the customers and suppliers within the supply…

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Conscious Leadership
Conscious Business Principles 1067 439 Paul Ward

Conscious Business Principles

Combining the concepts of conscious business, conscious capitalism, inclusive capitalism, and other related Business-with-a-Conscience initiatives led me to define guiding principles for conscious leaders who aspire to build conscious businesses. As a certified conscious business change agent and signatory of the Conscious Business Declaration, I am committed to supporting the conscious business movement. The six…

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Purposeful Pause
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Moment of Mindfulness

Mindfulness teachers often refer to the power of the purposeful pause or a moment of mindfulness. David Steindl-Rast said, “Try pausing right before and right after undertaking a new action, even something simple like putting a key in a lock to open a door. Such pauses take a brief moment, yet they have the effect…

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Work Life Balance

A recent client conversation turned to the desire for better work-life balance. During the conversation about setting intention, this conscious leadership coaching client told me that he was being advised to improve his work-life balance, implying work less, live more. The idea of balancing work and life has always been uncomfortable for me. I recall…

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Conscious Leadership: a practice not a destination 1046 439 Paul Ward

Conscious Leadership: a practice not a destination

We have all heard that the answer to the question, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” is practice, practice, practice; but it’s not that easy. Have you ever tried to learn to play a musical instrument? If so, you’ll know how difficult that can be. So, what do you do? You find a teacher,…

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