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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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Setting Intentions for a Conscious New Year 1040 439 Paul Ward

Setting Intentions for a Conscious New Year

As the sun rises over the early days of the new year, this is a time to pause and reflect on our progress so far and to begin setting intentions for the next steps on our journey. Exploring purposefully, thinking possibility, and committing to action are the three practices for leading consciously within the theme…

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Winter Solstice and the Yule Log 1037 439 Paul Ward

Winter Solstice and the Yule Log

  As we celebrate the winter solstice and prepare to eat Yule Log Cake over the holidays, this is good time to think about leaving some of our recent dark experiences behind and beginning to set positive intentions for a brighter new year. Although my memories of the yule log are dominated by the taste…

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Above the Line
Leading Above the Line 1037 442 Paul Ward

Leading Above the Line

  Conscious leaders respond mindfully to situations in ways that generate desired outcomes, often leading from above the line rather than below the line. You may already be familiar with the success formula advocated by Jack Canfield, author of the Success Principles: E + O = R or Event plus Response equals Outcome. How do…

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Living Mindfully

  Mindfulness in this digital age of emails, instance messaging, and social media alerts is challenging to say the least. Distractions are everywhere. Not only external distractions but also the internal distractions found in our thoughts, feelings, and emotions. Rather than seeing the negative quality of the distraction and trying to avoid being distracted, can…

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Relentless Learning

  We can all recall times in our lives when we experienced dramatic growth and learned something significant about ourselves or about life—an “aha!” moment. These moments often occur during challenging times or periods of adversity. One such moment for me was on a men’s wilderness journey, an expedition in the Boundary Waters Wilderness Area…

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