Thanks to my wonderful Ambassador role with my favourite magazine Collective Hub I was able to attend an amazing one day event recently – the Conscious Capitalism Summit at The Ivy Ballroom. Capitalism may not sound like one of my usual topics..Conscious Capitalism however, most definitely a newfound passion! Stay with me if you are a little unsure..I promise to enlighten you on something that has the potential to truly change the world!
Conscious Capitalism is explained in detail on the Conscious Capitalism Australia website and includes this lovely description:
A philosophy based on the belief that a more complex form of capitalism is emerging that holds the potential for enhancing corporate performance while simultaneously continuing to advance the quality of life for billions of people. The conscious capitalism movement challenges business leaders to rethink why their businesses exist.
Basically this movement is all about putting purpose before profit, taking care of the people who work within a business first and then organically they will take care of the customers. It is not about bad mouthing capitalism at all, there is no doubt that capitalism has changed our lives for the better. However, there is more that can be done to create a better world, and this includes better profits!
Did you know that the majority of people in the workforce are disengaged? This means that most people who head off to work every day do so with a lack of engagement, a lack of genuine interest and motivation in their work. This just bewilders me! Of course there are circumstances that can determine our need to work, our drive for income, there are also ways in which we can exercise choice and take charge of our own experiences. In the area of conscious capitalism, this choice is skilfully guided and provided by great leaders.
It was a day of sheer enlightenment for me, to sit and soak in the energy and enthusiasm of more than 500 conscious others and to see some of our country’s most amazing leaders share their stories and ways in which they are changing their workplaces for so many people. Speakers included the leaders of some of Australia’s most conscious businesses: Aesop, Red Balloon, Swisse, and Whole Kids were particularly inspiring!
It became apparent as the day progressed that the lessons of Conscious Capitalism apply perfectly to living a life of authenticity, a higher purpose than our own self interests and the simple principles of kindness and service to others. Hopefully this summary of those lessons that I wholeheartedly took away with me from this event will also become a part of your purpose.
My Simple (yet hugely profound!) Life Lessons and Tips from Conscious Capitalism:
♡ We are all in this life together! It is not about competing, it is about supporting each other.
♡ Humanity is one spirit. Our natural resources may be finite however our inner resources and capacities are infinite!
♡ “Most people die with their songs still inside them!” What is your song?
♡ The quality of our leaders affects the quality of our lives.
♡ Kindness and compassion will always make a difference.
♡ Life is precious and every moment deserves our attention and our mindfulness.
♡ Infuse your core purpose into everything you do!
♡ Making money the sole focus or the sole purpose of any business (or any life!) is flawed and toxic.
♡ Feedback, conflict and constructive criticism is a gift, look closely at the opportunities for learning in these experiences rather than seeing them as a negative.
♡ Wake up each morning and think to yourself: “How can I make the world a better place?” – let this guide your actions always.
♡ Ask yourself this question: “Can I go home at the end of the day and tell my children what I did today that I am proud of, and that I want them to learn from?”
What do you think? Do you know any businesses operating in a truly conscious way?