The freedom train has left the station, my friends. If you're a business leader, you better track that train down, leap aboard and learn how to conduct the right type of freedom throughout your business ecosystem. If you don't, your company and your career may soon hurtle off the rails.
Despite the groundswell of evidence supporting the profitability of health and sustainability programs, many executives today are stuck in an old mindset that categorically views such programs as "fluffy" cost centers not profit centers.
I sought perspective and my own brand of spirituality. I did not expect to discover a thought-movement that is changing the world. Yet fate would have it that my mother's death and a shamanic journey would lead me to the concept of conscious capitalism and a new horizon in my life.
The next time you reach for a candy bar, buy candy to hand out to trick-or-treaters, or stock up for holiday baking, consider the price thousands of children are paying to bring you your chocolaty cheer.
Innovative and thoughtful leaders understand how communication, cooperation, listening and encouraged self-expression results in increased productivity, less mistakes, better teamwork and a positive return on their investment.
Five years ago, experts were obsessed with peak oil; now we have more natural gas than we know what to do with. It is clear that we have -- or are on the verge of developing -- all the technology necessary to respond to climate change. And that's where the pessimism kicks in.
Both pride and greed are moral failings to avoid. Individuals, businesses and even nations may be trapped by pride into reckless behaviors and by greed into catastrophic overreaching. The ancient wisdom that calls us to avoid these attitudes is still true.
Turning 40 is a wake up call for many women. We realize that we can no longer eat what our heart desires but instead need to eat for our heart's health and longevity. Susan O'Brien, founder of Hail Merry natural food products found herself on this path in 2005.
The basic problem for someone like Whole Foods' CEO John Mackey is that he has not been conscious enough to actually challenge the basic assumptions of the economic model by which he built his company.
The over-the-top adulation of the private sector, which pervades Conscious Capitalism, might be tolerated by readers seeking the secrets of Whole Foods' success. But those looking for rigorous analysis and informed inspiration will be disappointed.
Those who espouse Darwinian capitalism call their approach "Economics 101." Well, having taken plenty of economics courses in my life, I can safely say that the Whole Foods approach not only conforms to the fundamentals of economics but is far superior to what the Darwinians have to offer.
What's your gift to the world? It's the question we all face, at some time between birth and death. Are we living our bliss, giving our gift to the world with as much courage and strength as we can muster? Or are we toiling away at the status quo?
Consumers described as LOHAS are passionate about sustainability, health and wellness, personal development, resource conservation, corporate responsibility, social justice, and natural and organic products.
This year, as we search for tokens of gratitude for that special someone, what if we consciously make a decision to buy gifts that will benefit a greater good? The effects of doing so could make a surprisingly positive impact on our world.