Many believe that Anita Roddick pioneered the conscious business movement with her company, The Body Shop in 1976. This company has been an environmental leader, and worked to support various activist causes including putting an end to animal testing, and defending human rights.
An overwhelming amount of conscious businesses can be found in the health food industry as well as the LOHAS (lifestyles of health and sustainability) market. However, today conscious businesses can be found emerging in almost all aspects of the business world.
2014 has been a year of technological innovations, increasing speed of change and leaders working to stay abreast of changes while innovating, engaging teams and growing the business.
The biggest shift for businesses from 2014 to 2015 is a shift to doing business in a new way, an evolutionary way that includes upgrading the leadership OS.
What does it take for leaders and teams to be ready and to have the skills needed to match the speed of change and the speed of technology?
It takes a new operating system and specifically a new leadership operating system. Leaders and teams need to rewire the brain and to apply new evolutionary ways of thinking and doing things in order to morph to the fast changing business reality.
And there is another challenge that organizations and leaders have right now and that is upgrading the skills and the abilities of the leadership.
Traditional training modules on leadership skills, communication skills, change management skills, emotional intelligence are useful tools to elevate leadership ability. However the bigger learning and training opportunity is to arm leaders and their teams with new models and systems that will help them to upgrade their leadership operating system.