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Watch our Webinar! The Living Organization & the Power of Context: Tools For Shifting the Paradigm

Whether you want to improve innovation, increase wellness and engagement or enhance your ability to execute, you are often working against unconscious forces that inhibit your ability to do so. Almost all improvement efforts focus on what we can “do” to improve – your Activity. The Living Organization® Approach goes a step further to reveal three key forces that work together to produce outcomes – Activity, Relationship and Context. Context is the key. Like a magnetic field that defines a specific pattern of energy, Context defines what’s possible and what’s not, what you will achieve effortlessly and what will be a struggle. The future of leading an organization will lie in learning to set the Context which will define your Relationships and drive your Activities. It is the only way you can make you organization vibrant, alive and effortlessly achieve innovation, engagement and execute to create extraordinary results.

Join us for an interactive session with special guest, Norman Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, Inc. He will will help you to:

  1. Shift your Context of an organization from a machine to a living being;
  2. Determine the Context that’s right for your organization to create desired outcomes effortlessly;
  3. Assess your organization’s existing Context and practice re- shaping the Context for one area of your business; and
  4. Describe the four new responsibilities of leadership.

About Norman Wolfe:
Norman Wolfe is founder and CEO of Quantum Leaders, a strategic consulting company changing business to unleash the power of the human spirit. Seeking to answer the question; “why we get the results we get and how can we get the results we want?” he became proficient in leadership, strategy, motivation and organization performance; delved into psychology and human relationships, explored spiritual paths, biology and physics. He’s applied his learning to sales/marketing, engineering, operations, finance, IT and HR. His Book The Living Organization introduced The Living Organization® model, which explains the deeper forces that create organization and individual outcomes.

 

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Photo of Dr. Rosie WardBe honest. Do you want more?
More balance?
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More out of life?

I know how that feels. I grew up as the youngest of 5 girls in an over-achieving family. As a result of various experiences, I became convinced that the only way that I would be loved and “good enough” was to be perfect. I’ve spent years trying to overcome the need for perfection, and the need to prove myself.

What I needed was a complete shift and breakthrough in how I live my life and lead others - and what it actually means to be a leader. I began embracing my own humanity and doing the important, challenging work to rewrite the narratives in my brain that were holding me back - a completely new mindset about what it means to rock my life and leadership.

So I was thrilled when Kristi Staab asked to interview me for her new online series, “From the Boardroom to Backstage, Women Leaders Who Rock:  21 Leadership Experts Who Are Powered by Passion, Positivity and Purpose!™” In this interview, I’ll be sharing my experience getting out of my own way so that I could show up as a leader in all areas of my life, and my thoughts about rehumanizing the workplace.

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Watch our Webinar! Conscious Capitalism 101: A Business Profit Strategy

Leaders and entrepreneurs around the world are reimagining business as a vehicle of service for the uplifting of humanity rather than as a way to make as much money as possible. Conscious Capitalism is a philosophy along with a set of guiding principles and best practices based on a simple idea that business is about more than making a profit. It’s an approach to business built on the fundamental universal truth that people aspire to more – more meaning and purpose, more flourishing and fulfillment. It does not hold the notion of profit in contempt, it provides an alternative approach that emphasizes ideas like trust, collaboration and compassion. It says business is good, even heroic, because it creates prosperity and can do so much more to elevate humanity. The powerful combination of good business practices and the four principles of Conscious Capitalism elevates business to a greater operational success and makes them agents of societal flourishing.

Join us for an interactive session with special guest, Amanda Kathryn Roman, Director of Learning Initiatives for Conscious Capitalism, Inc. She will help you learn about what makes Conscious Capitalists different and how they operationalize the four tenets of the Conscious Capitalism philosophy. If you are interested in bringing more humanity to the workplace, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

About Conscious Capitalism

Founded in 2010, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to elevating humanity through business. The practice of Conscious Capitalism includes implementing the principles of Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Culture and Conscious Leadership. The organization produces transformational events and learning opportunities that inspire, educate and connect a growing network of Conscious Capitalists around the world. Our communities include business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and others interested in changing the perception and practice of business with Conscious Capitalism.

About Amanda Kathryn Roman

Amanda Kathryn Roman is Director of Learning Initiatives for Conscious Capitalism, Inc. where she develops, designs, and produces collaborative learning experiences that support business leaders around the globe in integrating and implementing conscious business principles through mastermind gatherings, on-site workshops, site visits, and online training curriculum. She also leads a number of strategic initiatives for the growing movement of Conscious Capitalists around the world to support a diversified representation of business leaders operating on conscious principles. Amanda has been curious about the way people and systems work from a very young age. Her insatiable desire to travel the world and experience different communities first-hand has developed a knack for uncovering opportunity, common ground, and the untapped potential of individuals to create positive change.

Amanda serves as President of the Board of Directors of Policy Jury Group; Founder and CEO of Living Out Loud, an experiential training and coaching firm; Founding Partner of Living Room Conversations; and holds a Masters in High Performance from the High Performance Institute. Select highlights of her professional accolades include the Nonpartisan Trailblazer Award, the Outstanding National Network Architect Award, and the Best Field Representative Award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the eponymous Amanda Hydro Award for Outstanding Leadership & Community Service which is presented annually.

Amanda is currently training for the NYC marathon as a member of Team RWB’s charity race team. She is married with three children and based in the New York City metropolitan area. Amanda enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors; running marathons; dancing whenever the mood strikes her; drinking espresso, red wine & mezcal {not all at the same time}; reading voraciously; traveling to satisfy her wanderlust soul; and listening to classic rock while she is on the go.

Free Webinar: Conscious Capitalism 101: A Business Profit Strategy

Conscious Capitalism 101: A Business Profit Strategy

July 31, 2018

1:30-2:30 pm EDT

Leaders and entrepreneurs around the world are reimagining business as a vehicle of service for the uplifting of humanity rather than as a way to make as much money as possible. Conscious Capitalism is a philosophy along with a set of guiding principles and best practices based on a simple idea that business is about more than making a profit. It’s an approach to business built on the fundamental universal truth that people aspire to more – more meaning and purpose, more flourishing and fulfillment. It does not hold the notion of profit in contempt, it provides an alternative approach that emphasizes ideas like trust, collaboration and compassion. It says business is good, even heroic, because it creates prosperity and can do so much more to elevate humanity. The powerful combination of good business practices and the four principles of Conscious Capitalism elevates business to a greater operational success and makes them agents of societal flourishing.

Join us for an interactive session with special guest, Amanda Kathryn Roman, Director of Learning Initiatives for Conscious Capitalism, Inc. She will help you learn about what makes Conscious Capitalists different and how they operationalize the four tenets of the Conscious Capitalism philosophy. If you are interested in bringing more humanity to the workplace, you won't want to miss this opportunity!

About Conscious Capitalism:
Founded in 2010, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to elevating humanity through business. The practice of Conscious Capitalism includes implementing the principles of Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Culture and Conscious Leadership. The organization produces transformational events and learning opportunities that inspire, educate and connect a growing network of Conscious Capitalists around the world. Our communities include business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and others interested in changing the perception and practice of business with Conscious Capitalism.

About Amanda Kathryn Roman:
Amanda Kathryn Roman is Director of Learning Initiatives for Conscious Capitalism, Inc. where she develops, designs, and produces collaborative learning experiences that support business leaders around the globe in integrating and implementing conscious business principles through mastermind gatherings, on-site workshops, site visits, and online training curriculum. She also leads a number of strategic initiatives for the growing movement of Conscious Capitalists around the world to support a diversified representation of business leaders operating on conscious principles. Amanda has been curious about the way people and systems work from a very young age. Her insatiable desire to travel the world and experience different communities first-hand has developed a knack for uncovering opportunity, common ground, and the untapped potential of individuals to create positive change.

Amanda serves as President of the Board of Directors of Policy Jury Group; Founder and CEO of Living Out Loud, an experiential training and coaching firm; Founding Partner of Living Room Conversations; and holds a Masters in High Performance from the High Performance Institute. Select highlights of her professional accolades include the Nonpartisan Trailblazer Award, the Outstanding National Network Architect Award, and the Best Field Representative Award. She was also the inaugural recipient of the eponymous Amanda Hydro Award for Outstanding Leadership & Community Service which is presented annually.

Amanda is currently training for the NYC marathon as a member of Team RWB’s charity race team. She is married with three children and based in the New York City metropolitan area. Amanda enjoys adventuring in the great outdoors; running marathons; dancing whenever the mood strikes her; drinking espresso, red wine & mezcal {not all at the same time}; reading voraciously; traveling to satisfy her wanderlust soul; and listening to classic rock while she is on the go.

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Watch our Webinar: Building Thriving Workplaces that Are Ready for 2018 and Beyond

There is a revolution already in progress in the business world – one where enlightened leaders recognize what it means to thrive in today’s Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) world, and create the conditions for success. As the authors of the book Firms of Endearment say, cutting-edge organizations

Are fueled by passion and purpose, not cash. They earn large profits by helping all their stakeholders thrive: customers, investors, employees, partners, communities and society.

The implications for all professionals who want to positively impact change and the entire employee experience are vast. Whether your focus is human resources, learning & development, leadership or employee wellbeing, tremendous opportunities exist to better align with this revolution. In this webinar, Dr. Rosie Ward and Dr. Jon Robison review the science on this changing business landscape. Incorporating story, professional experience and research, they provide a practical, science-based framework for understanding and addressing the needs of organizations and employees in this VUCA world.

10 Revelations on the Present & Future of Workplace Wellbeing

Huge changes are underfoot in the workplace in recent years, and the organizational and employee wellbeing spaces are no exception. From an organizational standpoint, leaders and HR executives are increasingly realizing that while the traditional focus on leadership, culture and engagement is still important there may actually be something even more fundamental that is keeping businesses from fully thriving. As explained inDeloitte’s recent survey of more than 7,000 leaders and HR executives worldwide:

“After three years of struggling to drive employee engagement and retention, improve leadership, and build a meaningful culture, executives see a need to redesign the organization…The days of the top-down hierarchical organization are slowly coming to an end, but changing the organization chart is only a small part of the transition to a network of teams. The larger, more important part is to change how an organization actually works.”

From the employee standpoint, the wellness industry has a history of making problematic claims about the impact of their programming – as non-partisan expert and Rand senior scientist Soeren Mattke explained in a recent interview:

“The industry went in with promises of 3 to 1 and 6 to 1 based on health care savings alone – then research came out that said that’s not true – then they said ok we are cost neutral – and now as research says maybe not even cost neutral they say but is really about productivity which we can’t really measure but it’s an enormous return.”

And the obsessive focus on outdated behavior change approaches mostly relating to the physical health aspects of the employee experience has been largely ineffective and often iatrogenic. As workplace wellness guru Dr. Dee Edington commented:

“The field has been riding the behavioral change horse for 40 years                 with little to show for it.”

If we add to these realizations the movement by enlightened leaders to embrace the realities of organizations as complex living systems; like the weather, ecosystems and human beings rather than monolithic machines, the pressing need for change looms large indeed!

With this foundation, we suggest (not in any particular order) 10 revelations on organizational and employee wellbeing, each consisting of a short statement about the current state of affairs and a prediction and/or hope for the future. As always we invite you to suggest you own revelations to help us move our industry into the 21st century.

1. Organizational Design

Currently: Hierarchical, top-down, command and control pyramidal power structures are today’s dominant template for organizational design. In fact, the hierarchical, boss-subordinate relationship cannot stack any other way. The problem is that these complex, rigid structures are outdated, painfully slow to adapt monoliths in this time of unprecedented, rapidly changing business landscapes.

Future: Dramatic demographic upheavals in the working population, the huge impact of digital technology and social media, the rapid rate of change in every aspect of business and the onslaught of non-traditional work situations (contingent, contract, and part time workers make up 1/3 of the workforce) are driving an urgent need to redesign and reorganize our organizations. Some wildly successful companies have even done away with these hierarchies of power altogether.

2. “Medicalizing” The Workplace

Currently: Bio-metric screens and health risk assessments are still a mainstay of employee corporate wellness programs in spite of the fact that the literature is clear that they do not save money or make a significant impact on health behaviors and they hold a high potential for creating iatrogenic consequences.

Future: More and more employers will realize the limitations and pitfalls of these approaches and begin to consider health care consumerism as a more efficacious and cost effective path for helping employees navigate our complex health system.

3. “Culture of Health”

Currently: The corporate wellness industry typically describes a “culture of health” by referencing the existence of programs like biometric screens, health risk assessments, exercise and weight loss initiatives and stress management programs.

Future: More corporate wellness industry professionals will embrace organizational experts’ definitions of a “culture of health.”  An organization is considered to be “healthy” when it is whole, consistent and complete and when its management, operations and culture are unified. Such companies are characterized by minimal politics and confusion, high morale and productivity, and low turnover.

4. “FUSION” of Organizational and Employee Wellbeing

Currently: As we can readily see from the previous example, for the most part these two spaces have largely conducted out of separate silos. In fact, it has not been unusual for the wellness, medical, safety, and EAP providers to operate largely in isolation from each other.

Future: All parties involved will realize that the “health” of an organization and the “health” of its employees are inextricably interconnected. All aspects of the employee experience must be connected with the mission, vision and purpose of the organization. This necessitates breaking down silos and having a coordinated effort through the Fusion of organizational and employee wellbeing.

5. Motivation for Change

Currently: In spite of a complete lack of evidence of efficacy and growing evidence of iatrogenicity, most change initiatives at the workplace are still mired in 20th century behaviorist approaches. Standard procedure is for rewards to be doled out for participation and behavior change, and punishments to be levied for non participation and non compliance.

Future: Especially thanks to the work of Alfie Kohn, Daniel Pink and Edward Deci, business and health professionals alike are beginning to see the critical need for intrinsic motivation to support sustainable change. Soon we will see “creating the conditions for change” replacing “getting people to change” as the modus operandi for all change initiatives at the workplace.

6. Weight Loss

Currently: In spite of more than 3 decades of consistent, conclusive research demonstrating the failure of weight loss programs, contests and competitions to result in sustainable weight loss for any but a small minority of participants, and growing evidence of iatrogenicity, they remain some of the most common employee wellness programs.

Future: We have begun to see more questioning of the validity and safety of these interventions. Our hope is that there will soon be a total move away from weight-centered initiatives towards offering employees programs that help them to find peace with their bodies and their food.

7. Mindfulness, Stress Management, Meditation and Resilience Programs

Currently: With stress now formally recognized as a major source of pain, anxiety and health care costs at the workplace, there is a growing interest on the part of organizations in programs to help employees cope with workplace stress.

Future: Organizations will realize that without a focus on changing the actual sources of workplace stress, programs for individuals are unlikely to have a significant sustained impact. Highly respected Stanford University professor of organizational behaviorJeffrey Pfeffer, summed up the problem this way:

“Many of the individual behaviors you are focusing on in your health and wellness programs (such as) stop smoking, eat better, exercise more,  are in fact the consequences of the environments in which they (employees)are working. If you work people to death, of course they are going to smoke more, drink more and eat worse.”

8. ROI vs. VOI vs. ??

Currently: Because research does not support that employee wellness programs deliver a positive ROI, it has been suggested that VOI might be a better way to evaluate their worth. Unfortunately, at present there is little evidence to support this claim. Dr. Soeren Mattke, summed up the research on the impact of these programs in an article in the prestigious Health Affairs blog:

“Those changes are not large enough, and the relationship between health risks and spending too weak, to result in reduction of health care cost, let alone in return of investment.”

Future: Organizations will move away from both ROI and VOI and instead embrace a broader, more holistic and highly customizable approach.  By incorporating metrics that evaluate all of the elements of wellbeing, organizations will be able to see clearly whether changes are moving in the desired direction.

9. Coaching

Currently: Most coaching today is still focused on changing behaviors, withMotivational Interviewing and Stages of Change the dominant approaches. The focus on individual behaviors and extrinsic motivation are throwbacks to the 17th century desire for control and the 20th century’s Skinnerian “get people to change” behavior modification. However, since behaviors are the outward manifestations of thoughts and feelings, trying to DO differently without thinking differently is doomed to fail as most people inevitably fall back on deeply rooted habits.

Future: Organizations will embrace coaching techniques that focus on helping people to be better thinkers. Rather than the coach being in the driver’s seat asking questions in to “get” a client to change some health-related behavior, with Intrinsic Coaching the client is doing most of the work. The coach helps to create the conditions for people to be the authors of their own journey. The client walks away with something personally meaningful rather than some polite agreement for ideas guided by the coach.

10. Wellness/Wellbeing Programming

Currently: Traditional wellness initiatives have typically begun with biometric screens and health risk assessments, and then some combination of behavior change programs, the most common of which usually relate to exercise and nutrition. Some companies are also adding programs to address other areas of wellbeing; financial, social, mental, community, etc.

Future: Business leaders and health professionals will realize that without addressing the underlying culture of an organization, the likelihood of change initiatives of any kind having much of an impact is slim. In our 7 Points of Transformation for creating thriving workplace cultures, wellbeing programming does not even enter the picture until step six;  after we have worked with the organization to assess the culture, create the blueprint for change, develop quality leaders, create a supportive climate, and rethink and update strategies for promoting change.

Take Home: We look forward to hearing your thoughts on these revelations. If you find the approaches discussed here exciting please feel free to visit our website atwww.salveopartners.com for lots of free resources. Also, our next online Certificate Training is now open for registration. If being a “Paradigm Pioneer” is appealing to you, please check it out and feel free to contact us with any questions.