The Next Wave in Business: Purpose-Driven?  +++ Stefan speaks at the DIF London +++

The Next Wave in Business: Purpose-Driven? +++ Stefan speaks at the DIF London +++

DIF – Disruptive Innovation Festival on Nov 24th, 12:00 GMT online

The Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF) is an online, open access event that invites thought-leaders, entrepreneurs, innovators, businesses, designers and learners to explore the question “The economy is changing – what do I need to know, experience and do?”

181 countries participated in DIF 2015

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20,000+ attendes

 

The Next Wave in Business: Purpose-Driven?
The Future of Work!

>> Watch online Nov 24th 12:00 GMT

 

en_buch_coverPeople who are dynamic in the new economic culture are operating from their inner core, with the impact to create change for the greater good. Discovering integral and creative solutions that will serve all – people, planet, and profit alike. We will have a look at an evolutionary awareness, providing practical models, tools and examples from the spectra of eastern and western consciousness, so that everyone can discover and develop the Change Leader inside himself.

For an economy that serves all: purpose, people, planet and profit.

 

Stefan Götz

Stefan Götz – Version 8Stefan is a CEO and an entrepreneur, change leader, conscious leadership advisor, inspired mentor, creative thinker, corporate culture transformist, author, speaker and strategic learning partner to leaders who create next generation businesses. His work is transforming the business paradigm to the 21 century by building workplaces of individual and organizational potential unfolding. He guides the progressive and extraordinary leaders, their teams, and businesses to meaningful and sustainable success by focusing on purpose, collaboration, and vibrant company culture through “Conscious Leadership in Action”.

 

Fairphone – Changes The Way Products Are Made

Fairphone – Changes The Way Products Are Made

This project has more to do with triggering change, rather than trying to solve all the problems in the world at once.Bas van Abel

 

Fairphone

„35 year-old Bas van Abel collaborated with 10 others to put together the first “fair” smartphone. A smartphone that doesn’t use any resources from conflict-zones, or the workforce of Chinese laborers in horrible conditions, nor does it involve filling up the bank accounts of the greedy rich. Sound naive? Bas van Abel, who launched the project 2 years ago, certainly is not. He knows that he’s not going to save the world with his Fairphone: ‚This project has more to do with triggering change, rather than trying to solve all the problems in the world at once.’This Dutch guy wants to demonstrate what we can achieve when we give it a go.“[1]The goal was to create a “fair” smartphone for consumers that had the technology and a competitive price on par with established providers, but one that was not created with the use of conflicted resources and unfair labor conditions. The team managed to produce the first batch of 20,000 phones through crowd funding. Since December 2013, the phone is available for sale online, unseen and untested, at a cost of 325 Euro a pop, and sent out via mail, I bought one too.

 

Fairphone’s mission

Roos van de Weerd, Fairphone’s public engagement manager, explains: „Our project can only exert influence on other, larger companies such as Apple or Samsung if consumers show that they want transparency, fair deals and decent wages. We try to raise awareness. So far this has worked quite well.People are happy that there is finally a player in the industry making an effort to push these changes. Our goal is not to be a manufacturer who sells the highest quantity of objects, but to have an effect so that the “big” fish among us can learn and will be either inspired or compelled to follow us.“[2]

 

What is a Fairphone?

Conflict-free, quality material

A smartphone contains around 30 different types of metals. Two of these, tin and tantalum, come from regions that are considered conflict-free, and should therefore help hinder any money from ending up in the pockets of warlords. Fairphone also supports the “Conflict-Free Tin Initiative”, a developmental aid project for the Congo, in which other companies such as Blackberry, HP, Motorola and Nokia are involved. There is a similar project for Tantalum called “Solutions for Hope“, founded by Motorola and supported by Fairphone and a great number of other electronic manufacturers.

 

Bas_van_AbelFair production

Fairphone is interested in long-term relationships with manufacturers in China, because it requires perseverance and higher numbers to change the Chinese attitude. But even China knows that every development should be taken seriously, because the market for smartphones is so fast-paced. Who would have thought ten years ago that Samsung and Apple would dominate the market, and Nokia would be nearly dead and gone? Fairphone tries to spearhead a set of standards for a new collaborative direction with Chinese manufacturers. Fair production means fair working conditions, consideration of social and environmental aspects, and acquiring raw materials in a sustainable way.

 

 

Smarter design and an end to “disposable” phones

Roos van de Weerd also had this to say: „In order to ensure that people don’t just throw away their cell phones after two years, we will offer replacement parts online on our web shop, so that people can easily replace parts that no longer work.“ (Okur 2013) „In addition, not only will the glass screen be more robust, it will be much easier to replace as well. Instead of using the thinnest glass possible, in which the touch panel and screen are integrated as one, it was decided to make them separate pieces. Because of this, the phone will be 5 grams heavier, and 0.2 millimeters thicker as planned, but the risk of breakage is thus significantly reduced. In addition, according to the manufacturer, the Fairphone will still function even if the toughened and scratch-resistant Dragontrail glass breaks.“[3]

 

[1] Bernau, V. (2013): Fairphone statt iPhone: Wie gerechte Smartphones produziert werden sollen, in sueddeutsche.de from 2/27/2013, download on 8/25/2013 at http://www.sueddeutsche.de/digital/fairphone-statt-iphone-wie-gerechte-smartphones-produziert-werden-sollen-1.1610920
[2] Okur, M. (2013): Wie fair ist das Fairphone?, in Wirtschaftswoche Green from 6/18/2013, download on 8/25/2013 at http://green.wiwo.de/interview-wie-fair-ist-das-fairphone/
[3] Labs, L. (2013): Auch das Fairphone wird in China gebaut, in heiseonline from 5/13/2013, download on 8/10/2013 at http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Auch-das-Fairphone-wird-in-China-gebaut-1861908.html

Photo Fairphone
Photo Bas van Abel from Fairphone

 

weekly excerpt from the book THE NEXT WAVE IN BUSINESS
wishing you a circular week
cheers, Stefan Götz+

 

Götz Werner – Chairman dm Drugstore- Success the Human Way

Götz Werner – Chairman dm Drugstore- Success the Human Way

 

Entrepreneursneed to see the forest for the trees. If a company’s sole raison d’être is making society better, it must have an interest in how society develops. Götz Werner

 

Company facts

The first dm drugstore chain was founded in 1973 by Götz W. Werner in Karlsruhe, Germany. dm has approximately 2,700 shops and employs 44,000 people. In the fiscal year of 2011/2012, the company achieved sales of around 6.9 billion Euros. Of this sum, 5.1 billion originated in Germany.

About Goetz W. Werner

Götz Werner’s dm business concept and his idea for an unconditional basic income have received a lot of attention from various media outlets. “Götz Werner is pop. When he speaks – the hall is packed full– whether in Hamburg, Stuttgart or Berlin”, wrote the TAZ on the 27th of November 2006. “Oh, how wonderful it would be when the government had someone like Götz Werner, the man from the dm shops in their ranks, who has become successful by thinking and acting in an extraordinary way.” As written in the German newspaper Tagesspiegel on the 24th of June 2006.

Götz Werner’s anthroposophical foundation

Götz Werner’s vision is rooted in an anthroposophical ideology ofalignment and fulfillmentin thesocial system. The term Anthroposophy means „human wisdom“ and was founded by Rudolf Steiner (1861–1925). „For Steiner, Anthroposophy stood for creating a consciousness of humanity (…),a guide toself-knowledgeandknowledge of the natureof man.“[1]

 

Goetz_WernerGötz Werner’s integral entrepreneurial compass

Purpose, vision & mission

In an interview with Martin Wittig, former CEO of Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Götz Werner sheds light on his vision and mission in business:

„Entrepreneurs
need to see the forest for the trees.If a company’s sole raison d’être is making society better, it must have an interest in how society develops. Social involvement is one of the most important roles of an entrepreneur, particularly when you get older. All entrepreneurs should aim to create scope for people within the business to become active outside of it. The better you know people, the better you can respond to their needs. If you can gain a better understanding of what drives people, you can be a better manager, know your customers and suppliers better, and predict the future more effectively. I don’t believe in extrinsic motivation; management must create a situation in which employees are intrinsically motivated – I’d even go so far as to say that bonus systems penalize workers. Employees need an income so they can live, and they need their work so they can grow.“[1]

Götz Werner describes the core principles of dm’s corporate culture and the underlying integral entrepreneurial compass in his book “Einkommen für alle” (Werner 2009):

Identity & strategy

  • We see our company as a modern community of people, with as little hierarchical structure as possible.
  • Not only do we want to encourage the competence of our staff, but also allow for the personal development of character. At dm, it is a goal to create a space that nurtures personal fulfillment.
  • The dm-spirit – Our products and store environment can easily be copied by competitors, but what makes us stand out is our inner stance, the place we operate from.

 

Values

  • For us at dm, the basis for cooperation is grounded in collegial trust. At the heart of dm culture lies an overall positive, optimistic view of humanity coupled with confidence.
  • A negative view of humanity only ushers in aspects that make it impossible to build a positive and effective corporate culture. Distrust, pessimism, control mania, greed, self-centeredness, and yes, egoism all muddle good business.
  • When I am disappointed, it does nobody any good to become negative about everything. It is futile to pile on the stress and try to control everything. Control is evasive, and people and situations move on.
  • Freiherr von Stein said: „Confidence refines a man, eternal guardianship inhibits his maturity.“

 

Beliefs

  • Every human carries with them the wish to grow and bear fruit.
  • In a holistically run company, ROI (Return of investment) and ROS (return of sales) can be an important factor for success, but in order to provide sustainability for all intents and purposes, sometimes it’s important to let go of the reins.
  • Management isn’t there to put on the pressure, instead, it’s all about engaging in positive development.
  • The role of the supervisor is no longer about giving detailed orders, but to think strategically, and to lay the ground for fundamental steps to be taken. Managers need to keep in mind that setting a strategic path will only be fruitful when they can help strengthen their employee’s awareness of the strategy and what it calls for. It isn’t just about managing people; it is about encouraging their awareness.

 Photo Götz Werner by re:publica

[1] Ramge, T. (2011): The Detail of Retail: One-one one with Wittig, in Think Act Journal, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants September, München, P. 4-8
[1] Wikipedia: „Anthroposophie“ https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthroposophie, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/deed.de

 

weekly excerpt from the book THE NEXT WAVE IN BUSINESS
wishing you a successful week coming from human wisdom
truly yours, Stefan Götz+

 

 

 

What can Awareness Actually Look Like in Everyday Life

What can Awareness Actually Look Like in Everyday Life

 

Awareness in communication means listening and speaking without judgment. There are constantly thousands of impressions running through our heads in each and every moment, even as you are reading this sentence. Is this right or wrong? Is it helpful, or not? Intelligent or stupid stuff? It’s not so bad to be flooded by these impressions, as long as we keep in mind that they determine our perspective in situations, practices and challenges. For possible potential and solutions, it can be more or less helpful. This actually reminds me of a saying from the Dalai Lama: “ When you talk you are only repeating what you already know; But when you listen you may learn something new”.
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Presencing – Unfolding Potential from the Emerging Future

Presencing – Unfolding Potential from the Emerging Future

If you want to go one step further in your development, to release new potential in your life, for your team, for your surroundings, or for your business, that takes going through the process of becoming conscious of the concepts that have guided your life up until now. The trick is to not get stuck in it, just remain open and continue on your path, willing to face what you find behind these concepts that you have carried with you for so long.This requires a “U-process of letting go and letting come”
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Conscious Leaders are Unfolders of Potential

Conscious Leaders are Unfolders of Potential

Why are some managers resource wasters, and others leaders unfolders of potential?

What kind of consciousness is currently paving the way for managers to become leaders, incite transformation, and not just superficial changes? Most of all, it is the willingness of people to accept that they won’t get paid straight away for every problem-solving idea that gets presented. Instead they will have to learn to accept unknown circumstances and personal processes, and maybe even endure the fear of the unknown itself, but that’s what enables a whole new level of innovation to take place. Does that sound familiar? You want to bring forth innovation, and instead you get product improvements? You want innovation and what comes out is a completely useless mind-fuck of a product, because nobody understands how to use it?

In business, when our intention is to truly make a difference for our clients, we don’t need more rigors, more struggles, more strength, or more power, but more consciousness. You don’t have to do more, but instead be more focused. You don’t need to be political, but instead bold. Not externally motivated, but internally sourced. Not faster, but more aware. Not fixated on the future, but living in the here and now. That takes developing awareness of what is important to us and to our clients. This isn’t possible if we stay stuck in a permanent thinking mode. As leaders, we need to keep a cool head, and connect it with the fire in our hearts, and the consciousness for a certain direction – strategic and human. People don’t seek out numbers, they seek out energy, and consciousness is energy.

 

Dalai_Lama_with_hat_grossHow do we acquire this consciousness? Not by looking outside of ourselves with such questions: What are my colleagues and the competition, up to? And how do I get ahead faster? Consciousness springs forth from the inside, and that is the good news! Because, for the first time, that means that you don’t have to try and be like the others, and instead you can just be yourself, the real authentic you. Granted, this might not happen overnight and it takes some practice, but how many years of hard work have you already invested to get to where you are right now? And are you truly happy? And what price did you pay to get thus far – health-wise, family-wise, and relationship-wise? Do you go out the door to work every morning with a smile on your face, and return home the same way? If you’re interested in taking in just a portion of knowledge about the radiance, serenity, and the power of the Dalai Lama, then let’s take a look at the following path together

 

The key word is Meditation. No, that doesn’t mean you have to spend all day burning incense and repeating mantras while sitting in the lotus position. It will suffice you to just take a few minutes everyday to be still – mentally and physically. It turns off all of the chatter in your brain. Bethany Kok, a young psychologist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, studied the influence of the mind on our health, and the results are amazing. The tone of the so-called vagus nerve that runs from the brainstemthrough the lungs, heart and intestine, has a significant influence on our digestion, social contact and orgasm. If that isn’t motivating, then I don’t know what is. But how do we strengthen the tone? You guessed it, through meditation. Whatever form of meditation you choose is irrelevant, the main thing is that you do it.

Photo Dalai Lama by Minette Layne

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What kind of consciousness is currently paving the way for managers to become leaders, incite transformation, and not just superficial changes? Most of all, it is the willingness of people to accept that they won’t get paid straight away for every problem-solving idea that gets presented. Instead they will have to learn to accept unknown circumstances and personal processes, and maybe even endure the fear of the unknown itself, but that’s what enables a whole new level of innovation to take place.

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Key Issues

  • From Resource Users to Unfolders of Potential
  • Conscious Leaders are Unfolders of Potential
  • Presencing – Unfolding Potential from the Emerging Future
  • Unconditional Trust opens New Space for Solutions
  • Falling in Love with Intuition, Inspiration and Innovation
  • Choosing the Path of Least Resistance

 

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