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  • May 10, 2015 8:50 AM | Deleted user

    Heard from Tony Schwartz, The Energy Project…

    At Conscious Capitalism 2015, which was held in Chicago April 7-9, Tony Schwartz from The Energy Project took the stage. He didn’t just slowly step onto the platform. He didn’t shake someone’s hand and then turn to the audience. He walked purposefully into the room from the back doors. “Happy” by Pharrell Williams was playing loudly on the overhead speakers. As he walked up the long aisle, his arms were raised above his head, clapping to the beat. Within seconds, the audience of 400 was on its feet. Full of energy.

    A fitting start to a presentation from the man who founded The Energy Project. Here are some of the fantastic ideas Tony shared.

    “About Capacity”

    We take capacity for granted. If you don’t have sufficient capacity, you have a problem.

    We need to find a rhythmic relationship between stress and recovery. Not too much stress or too much rest, but the ability to make intermittent waves between them.

    Most of us see stress as the enemy, but we need it to help us grow and expand our capacity.

    It isn’t just the number of hours, but the energy we are capable of bringing in those hours.

    If we are running on empty, we breakdown, burn out and get sick.

    “About Leadership Virtues”

    No virtue is one by itself.

    When we are tired, burned out, threatened, our strengths are in overdrive. We are unable to ask what else might be true.

    Good leaders hold flexible movement between thinking and feeling. They see more and exclude less.

    Good leaders need to go deeper, wider and longer.
    If you want to read more about Tony, check out his blog.


  • April 22, 2015 9:15 AM | Deleted user

    Heard from Simon Mainwaring, We First Branding…

    • When forming an idea, think about the world, the industry, the region, the community, the market, the company, the employee. And then, consider, “if this is the world we live in, what role does our brand play?”
    • Define a story worth telling to be a brand worth sharing. How well you tell your story determines how well consumers share your story.
    • A company’s brands need alignment; they should ladder up to one shared purpose.
    • When you are presenting an idea, present it as a solution. Tell the story around what you’re helping to solve, and then back into their need. Offer co-authorship and co-creation.
    • A brand must be the chief celebrant, not the celebrity, of its consumer community.
    • Build a mission with a company, not a company with a mission.

    Want to read more from Simon? Get his book – We First – or visit his Web page. Or attend his upcoming conference the Brand Leadership Summit in October.

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    Want to be part of more discussions like this? Come to the next Conscious Capitalism Chicago event!


  • April 18, 2015 9:18 AM | Deleted user

    The Start of Something Good

    Conscious Capitalism Four Pillars

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    Conscious Capitalism Chicago is made up of people who can’t wait to see the world when the majority agree that people matter most in business.

    Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation.

    This blog will be a place for us to share resources, stories and content that we hope help in this mission.

    Want to join us? Check out our upcoming events to meet like-minded people and leave inspired. What we hear most from our events? “I didn’t know there were so many successful people who believe in the same things I do.” It’s true. Come and meet them. http://consciouscapitalismchicago.org/events


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