I jumped at the chance to attend the launch of Portland’s Conscious Capitalism chapter this week at the Skype Live Studio. In a progressive city that loves local business, you may be thinking, “Why did it take so long?” Well, the catalyst has arrived! Amy Powell, recently returned to the States from Australia where she founded the movement’s very first chapter. Thanks Amy and a small team of founders, we now have the infrastructure to advance the vision and common principles of Conscious Capitalism on the ground in our town. I look forward to more people describing local businesses as good, ethical, noble, and heroic. YES, and....In Portland I see more than business making positive impact on the world.
A recent report from McKinsey, Transformation with a Capital T, addresses the 70% failure rate of of large scale change programs--intense, organization-wide efforts to enhance performance. Why are the ingredients for successful change so often missing? Enterprises have been conditioned to optimize. Most existing leaders have been rewarded for creating profits in steady state environments as buttoned down as their shirts and predictable as their pinstripes. To thrive today, leaders not only need active adventure wear, they need new perceptual abilities to sense their environment and new navigational skills to arrive at results.
People are well trained and very comfortable in the mindset of planning and optimization known as executive functioning. And, similar to the mode-switching costs of multitasking up individual productivity, the brain-switching costs of moving back and forth between the heart and the head have distinct costs for group productivity.