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Conscious Business

Setting the Culture Is Not Enough, You Have to Make It Go Viral (2.6)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.28.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

If the standards you defined are to become social norms, you have to demand that your team members distribute them.

Rewards and Risks of Leading an Effective Culture (2.5)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Your employees are hypersensitive to your behavior, and to that of every leader in the organization. They will keenly notice what you spend time on (and what you don't), what you ask (and what you don't), who you talk to (and who you don't).

Culture: Key to Organizational Success (2.4)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

The energy of this cultural field comes from our deepest needs and aspirations: to survive, to belong, to achieve, to grow and to find meaning in our lives. We can only satisfy these needs in a community, and there's no community without culture.

How to Curb Prejudice With Humility (4.6)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Prejudice is an unconscious judgment, a generalization impermeable to disconfirming information. Although racism is chastised in business, we suffer from another kind of prejudice I call "selfism".

The Ladder of Inference (4.5)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.19.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Our beliefs condition how we select data from reality, and can lead us to ignore "inconvenient" facts altogether. Soon we are using self-sealing reasoning, closing ourselves up to any challenge and adopting the arrogant attitude of the knower.

The Secret of Productive Conversations: Climb to Conclusions (4.4)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

You will never get curious unless you first feel you don't know. That's why arrogance is the sign of the knower who assumes she has the truth and humility the sign of the learner who assumes he needs to inquire into the other person's perspective.

Create Change That Matters

J V Crum III | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
J V Crum III

In the next 10 minutes, over 1,000 people will die worldwide. Many will pass away never having made a truly powerful difference, moreover a global difference. We all have a calling and the ability to create positive change. This is core to who we are as human beings.

Are You a Knower or a Learner? (4.3)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.14.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

You and I see the world differently. The way in which you deal with such differences defines you as a "knower" or a "learner." Knowers claim to know how things are, how they ought to be, and what needs to be done. They give a lot of orders and ask very few questions.

Despicable Me - The Rest of the Story (4.2)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.12.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

"There are known knowns. These are things we know that we know. There are known unknowns. That is to say, there are things that we know we don't know. But there are also unknown unknowns. There are things we don't know we don't know."

What Do You Really Value? (4.1)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.10.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Keep it light and respectful. You don't need to agree on a shared ranking, just understand one another. Notice how each one of you focuses on different behaviors, and evaluates these behaviors according to different standards.

Is There Too Much on Your Plate? (3.6)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.07.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Who put all that "stuff" on your plate? From a victim's perspective, whoever asked you to do it. From a player's perspective, whoever accepted to do it; that is, you!

Integrity Is Not Enough (3.5)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

In the previous post, I defined integrity as acting in alignment with your values. Some values are evil, and integrity with them leads to evil behavior. Some values are good, and integrity with them will lead to good behavior. So what defines whether some values are good or evil?

How to Become Your Own Hero (3.4)

Fred Kofman | Posted 08.03.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

You cannot control the world. You cannot control other people. Sometimes it seems as though you can't even control yourself! That is why it is so tempting to feel like a victim when something goes wrong.

How to Succeed Beyond Your Wildest Dreams (3.3)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.31.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Every action has two purposes: You act in order to move toward a desired result, and you act in order to express your values.

How to Take Charge of Your Life Regardless of Circumstances (3.2)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.29.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

The victim pays attention only to those factors he cannot influence. He sees himself at the mercy of external circumstances. The victim keeps his self-esteem by claiming innocence.

How to Communicate Like a Leader (2.6)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

To inspire others to want to do what the mission requires, you must convince them that doing so is in their best interest. Only when your kids believe that it is best for them to read they will want to do it -- even when you're not around to control them.

Leaders Turn Anxiety Into Confidence (2.5)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.22.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

How do you turn anxiety into confidence for yourselves and your teams?

Just Let Me Do My Job (2.2)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.15.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

This is the hardest problem any organization has to solve: How to optimize the system -- which requires people to sub-optimize their subsystems -- while incentivizing these same people to optimize the subsystems, which requires them to sub-optimize the system.

Is Coaching All It's Cracked up to Be? What to Know Before Investing.

Colette Belisle | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Colette Belisle

These days the internet is full of lofty promises and many of them are coming from Coaches, Consultants and Experts. As consumers, how can we distinguish where attraction marketing crosses into that gray zone of misrepresentation - or worse - flat out lying?

Your Job is Not Your Job (2.1)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Bet you a nickel that when you finish this post you'll want to revise your Linkedin profile.

A More Conscious Way to Do Business

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.10.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Conscious business is not a theory -- it is a way to work and live. With each module of the program I will add examples of coaching sessions where I help clients find more conscious ways to deal with their problems.

How to Turn a Defect Into a Treasure

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.08.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

Our attention is normally drawn to that which we can see (the effects), which in turn obscures the importance of what remains hidden (the causes). We focus on results (the having) and forget the process (the doing) necessary to achieve those results. We are even less aware of the platform (the being) that underlies the processes and provides the necessary capabilities.

Combine the Personal, Interpersonal, and Impersonal for Better Business Results (Success in 3D)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

You can see professional life in three dimensions: the impersonal task, or "It," the interpersonal relationship; or "We," and the self-awareness; or "I." Each one of these dimensions can be an aspect of the gap the we discussed in the previous post.

How to Energize Yourself for Change (Energy for Action)

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.03.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

In order to act you must feel the a gap between what you have and what you want have, what is and what you want it to be. This gap creates a tension that, just like the tension between the poles of a battery, gives you the energy to act.

An Invitation to Live Consciously In Business

Fred Kofman | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business
Fred Kofman

What tastes good is not always good, and what is good does not always taste good. That's why you need a science of nutrition. If you eat automatically, guided by instinct, you will get in trouble. To grow healthy and strong you need to eat consciously.