Excellent in depth analysis of the reasons behind the current round of protests and the solutions, the best ways for economic systems to move forward and create shared prosperity. #rethinksuccess by #ebbfmember Augusto Lopez-Claros
You can now watch the very short highlights video of ebbf UK’s national event with the best line-up of speakers ever,
covering a great theme “Collaborative business: how organizations and people can transform each other”
You can now watch the opening keynote by Sabha Sobhani at ebbf's recent annual conference #rethinkmaterialism
Very interesting and insightful keynote offering key elements from UNDPs research on the way forward for business to create a new economic system and also a stronger business model. How it can truly #rethinkmaterialism
Thank you Sahba Sobhani for your keynote titled:
“How the SDGs can contribute to people, planet and prosperity. A Baha’i perspective on the findings of the Business and Development Commission” https://youtu.be/5NPTw6JTwHc
You can also book your place for ebbf’s next and 30th anniversary annual event
ebbf’s chair Wendi Momen has just shared this latest “letter from the ebbf board” describing what makes work awful or an awesome experience depending on the purpose and reasons in which you focus your working life.
“Why do some people hate going to work and others love it? Why does the work day drag on and depressingly on for some people while for others work lifts them up, gives them purpose and brings them joy? Why is some work awful and other work awesome?
ebbf has always promoted a set of ideas that makes work awesome — a new work ethic:
* Everyone has both a right and an obligation to learn a useful skill and to use it for the benefit of all
* Meaningful work in an occupation, craft or trade not only provides material means but also performs a service for society
* Work has a spiritual as well as a material significance
* Work undertaken in the spirit of service to others is worship
Looked at in this light, work can be pretty awesome!
But how do we achieve this in our workplace? How can we make work meaningful? What do we need to do to create an awesome work environment? ebbf is trying to discover the answers to these questions.”
The next episode of ebbf’s #discoveringhow podcast will be dedicated to the topic of consultation . We offer you a preview:
Valerie Arnold, a keynoter at a recent ebbf international event offers us ideas on how to outsmart personal biases to achieve better consultative processes. Considering how many times we are not even aware of those biases, it is more useful to bring them to our attention and explore how we might overcome them.
“If consultation entails considering all points of view without attachment to personal opinion, then it is essential to become aware of the cognitive biases that prevent us from being open and fully detached from personal biases
We all suffer from biases and these prevent an authentic dialogue during a consultation.
But outsmarting our own biases is tough as we are often unaware they exist. Only by challenging our deeply help assumptions, we will allow enquiry to happen.
Egocentrism is a big factor in distorting reality during a consultation and inserting personal biases but even without the ego
#ebbfspirit - How can your business apply justice in an unjust environment? (with event keynoter Ralph Blundell)
A lively online interaction occurred during a recent ebbf online learning event with #ebbfspirit speaker Ralph Blundell. The curiosity of people from around the world who took part, was sparked by Ralph Blundell’s testing questions, exploring the topic of the keynote he will offer at #ebbfspirit , “How can your business apply the principle of justice in an unjust business environment?”
He started by sharing his own personal journey and balance of accepting, demanding and living coherently justice in his varied career.
Ralph worked in the Third Sector and public sector till the end of the ’90s. He was focused on social action, working on the penal reform, using psyco-drama in prison, and on social issues like those of refugee resettlement from the Balkan war. He was also involved in the Labour Party with Tony Blair.
During his experience he realized two things: the frequent futility of politics and how helpful business was. It was the time for a switch to business where he thought the fastest road to change could be made. Business is a means by which you can act socially if you apply justice as a guiding principle, it has the agility and effectiveness to allow quick implementations of both bad and good trends.
But his connection with government also helped him see how public policy can unfold in two different directions: creating an enabling environment where civil society and business can take decisions and self regulate (e.g. Internet access, employment contracts etc.).
Or governments can create a controlling environment with rules and regulations strictly set by the central government. However as soon as the regulation is created from above, smarter people find a way around any such controls. It does not work because it is not intrinsic it does not come from within.
Ralph soon saw that in this environment being passive is a luxury reserved to the privileged and he definitely decided he’d not sit on that passive mode and instead look for active ways forward.
He shares below a few initial thoughts reflecting the theme of the event: can ethical business build the future through the spiritual enterprise?
“The ongoing global crisis may induce some to despair and give in to cynicism. Yet, viewed in the context of human evolution, we may not be experiencing just a random phase of trouble and conflict, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
All living things — including humankind as a whole — evolve through periods of stable development as well as rapid and painful transitions, crisis. While the risks in such transitions are considerable, the opportunities are even more consequential and have, indeed, spurred the human species on its social evolution.
#ebbfspirit - from believing in to implementing spiritual principles in your organization - mind the gap (with event keynoter Larry Miller)
Below a few highlights of the opportunity that people from around the world took to interact with #ebbfspirit international event speaker Larry Miller.
He answered questions on the challenge of designing into your organizations the systems, structures and habit patterns that reflect principles like justice, consultation, unity or moderation.
You can also explore the broader theme of why and how the spiritual enterprise can be part of ethical business building the future, with like-minded business people and entrepreneurs from around the world by coming physically to the international event MORE INFO HERE: http://ebbf.org/event/ebbf-spiritual-enterprise/
We asked Larry where do we start implementing new principles and change?
#ebbfmember Nousha Ram: the rise of accompaniment through principles-driven mentorship and coaching ( Part 2 of 3 )
In the previous episode of this three-part interview, we heard from the late Deloitte Canada partner and ebbf advisory council member Nousha Ram, about the need to create agile organizations and processes to adapt effectively to a fast evolving environment.
Coach for soundness of principles
Nousha Ram observed that “With the rise of the sharing economy: Airbnb, Uber, for example; we are starting to see how the foundation of any business idea must be the principles of truthfulness and trustworthiness.”
Therefore, the focus in her mentorship is to coach for soundness of principles drawing out: “courage; trust; valuing diversity; inclusivity; bringing our whole selves to work” in order to create, what she calls; “Mega-Transformational Programs, that not only bring results, but which also speeds up the achievemnt of set goals, often creating unexpected additional outcomes and learnings.
#ebbfmember Nousha Ram on the traits of successful leadership for these complex times: agile, principles-based and collaborative ( Part 1 of 3 )
As we collectively uncover the nature of meaningful work for the 21st Century, the late Nousha Ram, who worked in complex technology project delivery as a Partner at Deloitte Canada and was a member of ebbf’s advisory council had, what may be called, regenerative insights that address many of the issues faced by leaders and teams in these times. We start with the first episode of this three-part interview.
A new agile approach is needed
The essence of Nousha Ram’s role was to help companies maximize the value of IT investments and have IT interact with and improve business strategy:
“You need to understand that you can invest in X, Y and Z over three years, spend $10 million to create A, B and C and still create something irrelevant, and that is of course considered a failure. This you want to avoid. You need to know what would make more sense…” Businesses wanting to invest in IT are faced with a dilemma namely, ‘How do we get from here to there when” as Nousha Ram said “We know long term planning is no longer an option in today’s fast changing environment”.