Author: sarahjameswright

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“Successful companies change the ecosystem within which they are operating”


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At the ‘The Purpose of Business’ conference hosted by the Quakers and Business group in London, November 2015, Prof. Colin Meyer (Said Business School) shared this reflection about successful companies.

The professor’s talk traced the evolution of business from early merchant trade through to the emergence of 21st century virtual giants like Google. He highlighted key changes, like the shift from tangible to intangible assets, and explored current examples of where directors are accountable for the delivery of societal benefits.

Whilst celebrating the tremendous creativity and capital value of pioneering new digital enterprises, he indicated the necessity for rebuilding trust and combining economic efficiency with ethics. He invited a consciously moral stance and pointed at the potential for a new age of Mindful Corporations to emerge.

In this context, we invite you to consider a question…

How can businesses operate with reference to both their own inner compass and to the wider ecosystems they touch?

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Inner & Outer Work


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To transform the way we work, we also need to transform our own perception, attitude and behaviours. 

We hear from every quarter that ‘Business as usual’ is no longer an option – in relation to each instance of corporate dishonesty, myopic short-termism, inequity within supply chains, depletion of finite resources, and especially in measuring the true cost of human burnout in families and society.

Research now indicates that the new generation entering the workforce is actively seeking work with greater meaning and purpose. There is an opportunity for leaders at all levels to question ‘the way things are done here’ and to use a more systemic, creative, ‘whole’ intelligence to make mindful interventions. The time is ripe for fresh new responses and solutions that generate creativity, wellbeing and fulfilment for ourselves and for others.

This project involves moving beyond ‘head knowing’ and actively exploring and testing out new possibilities in safe, yet dynamic spaces. We have – Ali and Sarah –  dedicated the last five years to living and exploring a key question…

How can we experience and create a livelihood in full recognition of the abundance, completeness and interconnectedness of life?

On that journey of self-awareness and inner development, we met some very uncomfortable personal edges. In order to embody a more generative way of being for example, we needed to fully trust in life’s abundance. And so we had to look at some of our most deeply-held fears, beliefs and attitudes to life. We regularly needed one another, and a wider peer community, to witness and encourage us at key moments in the process.

We discovered that for each significant new step (external action) needed to build this project, there was often a corresponding ‘inner movement’ in our personal growth. Anyone who embraces life as a growth journey, or indeed who uses a coach, mentor or other self-awareness practice, will undoubtedly recognise the truth of this observation.

It is in this lived context that we invite you to ponder the question…

How can I fully embrace my ‘inner work’ as a leader/creator/catalyst of new possibilities and discover how my ‘outer work’ is transformed as a result?