A sensory experience

A sensory experience

At a conference recently, a business owner whom I have come to respect and trust greatly over the past year was discussing how the values of your business come through in the energy of your space. Her talk was geared directly to how you want your customers to feel when they are in your physical work space, but I kept thinking about how easily this could be translated to your employees.

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An easy place to start...

An easy place to start...

Does the idea of restructuring your whole company to explode with your values feel daunting? I totally get it. I’ve told the story many times about feeling like I needed to win the lottery to change all of my household and beauty products over to green/natural ones. I’m here today to give you a little bit of relief from that feeling. One of the easiest and most common ways that people navigate the intersection of values and profits is to build a give-back component into their business plan.

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So, what are my values?

So, what are my values?

In order to operate as a values-based business, business owners have to take the time to stop and determine what our values are. Progressive business conversations define stakeholders as the owners, clients and employees of a business - some even going as far as including the community the business operates in. When you are thinking about what your values are, you need to examine your gut emotions around each of these groups of people.

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What does it mean to be a disruptor?

What does it mean to be a disruptor?

A couple of years ago I attended an event called "Disruption" in Hartford that featured entrepreneurs and companies who have disrupted their industry in big ways.  The panel included Ezra Klein (Vox Media), Anjali Kumar (Warby Parker), and Danny Meyer (Shake Shack).  In addition to loving the idea of being a disruptor, I went to see Ezra Klein.  I've long been impressed with Vox Media and the idea of someone being in the D.C. circuit and doing things in a new way was more than intriguing to me.  However, when I left, I was drinking the Danny Meyer kool-aid!  His description of and anecdotes about the philosophy he calls, "Enlightened Hospitality" left me feeling like I'd been to church.  And anyone who knows me knows those are my favorite kind of evenings.  If ever an industry has been stuck in its ways - the restaurant industry is surely it. And yet, Danny Meyer opened a super successful restaurant chain doing things in a completely different way.

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Can your company make money and a difference?

Can your company make money and a difference?

So what is the intersection of economics and spirituality? To me, it means values-based earning and values-based spending.  Values-based spending is an easy sell and peolpe have been doing it for many generations.  From company boycotts for political reasons to choosing to shop local or buy fair trade, many people in our society choose to put their money where their heart is.  Values-based earning is newer though.  I'm defining it as when the business you run or job you have makes you money and makes your world better.   

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how it all began

how it all began

A few years ago I was sitting on the patio of one of my favorite bars in town. Surrounded by friends old and new, we drank great craft beer, listened to amazing local music and worked to solve all the worlds problems before the sun came up.

I overheard someone sitting near me complaining about how the CFO of a local charity drives around in a Jaguar and how sad it is because the money could do so much more for the people the charity serves. Everything in me started feeling uncomfortable and angry.

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