Here we are, running this interview series, calling people from across the world to ask them what work could also be. It’s absurd!
Don’t get me wrong: We are on a mission to wake up the workplace, and we do care deeply about making work work.
Yet last week’s conversation with Tami Simon of Sounds True also made me think. She has been successfully running a conscious business for over 25 years now. What, then, has she found is at the heart of conscious business?
“To be willing to be yourself, and tell the truth,” she says. “To take time to reflect. To build intelligent business models, so that you can work together with others to fulfill the purpose of the business.”
Is there more to it? Yes, there probably is. Is it any more complicated than that, though? No! Conscious business is simple. It’s natural. It’s deeply human. And it works, too.
Then why are you reading this? Why are you participating in this series? Why are we going through the hassle of finding those few people who seem to understand this, and calling them up to ask them about it?
Because apparently even though conscious business is both simple and natural, it’s not! Because we do not bring our whole selves to work. We do not tell the truth at work. We do not take time to reflect. And even though we do generally build pretty intelligent business models, do we really do it for purpose? Or do we ‘simply’ do it for profit?
Now let’s look each other in the eyes and play it straight: Is it really conscious business that’s absurd? Absurd enough to need the qualifier ‘conscious’ to tell it apart from ‘normal’ business? I think that’s pretty absurd, and Tami seems to think so, too:
“I do know that the scaffolding of a workplace that is defined by people leaving their souls behind, and coming in in order to make something called ‘money’, so they can try to still squeak out a little time so they can have soulful lives, is an absurd tragedy.
That scaffolding needs to be taken down and not bought into. It’s not serving our families, our communities, or the world and the health of the planet. It’s not serving any of that.
And I don’t think we do ourselves justice if we believe that we have to buy into it. We don’t!”
So, what do you think? What are you buying into as ‘normal’? And how is that serving you and those you care about? We would love to hear your thoughts!
Want to hear more of what Tami was saying about her 25-year experience of building and running a conscious business? You can listen to the recording of the call on the downloads page (find the link in your registration email). If you’re not participating in the series yet, you can register for free above and get instant access to all calls.
Curious about Sounds True? Find more info over on their website. Tami also does a regular podcast with leading spiritual teachers and writers, called Insights at the Edge, which is well worth checking out!