Fairly regularly I find myself trying to explain what a Conscious Business is.
But this time I thought I’d try to answer a variant of the question: “What does a Conscious Business look like from the inside?”
At the core of a Conscious Business are people, of course. In my view, every business is simply a bunch of people, when you boil it down.
And in a Conscious Business these people are – well – conscious.
By that I mean self-aware. They reflect regularly. They assess themselves. With compassion for themselves – and with respect, empathy and congruence for others.
They’re also as open as they can be to change. They learn all the time, and a lot of that learning is about themselves.
And they work together in certain ways: for example, they challenge each other’s ideas, decisions, and behaviour. They’re open and honest – about strengths and failings.
They believe in possibility, not certainties. They’re humble. They have fun. They take responsibility – and are able to hold each other to account.
And they take joy in working with others – trying to create something valuable for themselves and others.
Having all this at the core means the business has a clear identity and is suffused with meaning and purpose. It is transparent and open to the outside world.
It is resilient and flexible, profitable, does less harm, offers truly valuable products and services, is highly attractive to customers, and is better able to attract and give a great home to key employees.
Of course, there are many businesses that are already like this. I’ve worked in some, and you may have too. (We’re not “inventing” anything new here. We’re just trying to help businesses as they grow and become more conscious.)
And a conscious business isn’t really a thing at all; it isn’t any of these things in a static sense. It’s a process – of growth and development – something that is always changing, always becoming.