LinkedIn Conscious Business Week 1: Introduction
At the end of last year I came across this article written by LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner, back in 2012. In it he explains the principle of managing compassionately. Something that resonated with me in this post was his personal vision statement:
To expand the world’s collective wisdom and compassion.
This post inspired me to focus 2017 on becoming a compassionate leader. One of the first steps I took was doing the Conscious Business Course run by LinkedIn. During the course, I took notes on each topic and I’ve found them to be very useful.
For each week of the course I am going to take my notes on what I learned and turn it into a short blog post. I am hoping this will encourage you to take a look at the course and maybe do it yourself.
Conscious business is essentially business while adhering to your personal values. It is using wisdom but also being compassionate. Fred Kofman, LinkedIn’s VP of Leadership, sums it up pretty well as:
Integrating heart and mind in the practice of business as an expression of human values.
To dive a little deeper we explore this article inviting us to live consciously in business. In it, Fred explains that “consciousness is the ability to experience reality, to be aware of our inner and outer worlds.”
The importance of conscious business
With consciousness comes a better perception of our surroundings and understanding of our situation. It allows us to see more possibility for action while still holding onto what’s important for us.
Without consciousness we are autonomous. We will end up “acting like a robot, programmed by instinct or rote.”
Fred explains in this article that you can’t act consciously unless you first define the future you want to create. Then you must acknowledge that it will not come to pass unless you bring it about.” This acknowledgement will help you understand the difference of what is, and what you want it to be. It is this potential difference that, provide the energy to act and move to where you want to be.
Defining the future
There are three goals that people pursue: task; relationship; and self. Task is the real world achievement, such as achieving some material metric. The relationship goal is about connecting with others. And self is feeling good about ourselves and have peace of mine in reaching a sense of achievement.
The connection between these three goals exists in a hierarchy. First a business wants to achieve a task, but it cannot do that without relationships. After all a business can’t exist without a group of people working together. And finally, and most importantly there’s self. Without self there will be no relationships, and without relationships there will be no task.
This ability to foster relationships is a massive asset of human consciousness. It provides us with the ability to work together to achieve a common goal. And it allows us to get more done than anyone could do on their own. Yet, in achieving these goals it is important to place the most importance on keeping at peace with yourself.