Conscious Business

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August 2, 2011

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Tami Simon speaks with Fred Kofman, author of the book Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values and the audio learning course Conscious Business: Transforming Your Workplace (and Yourself) by Changing the Way You Think, Act, and Communicate. Fred teaches people how to transform their workplace into an adaptive and resilient community that cultivates intelligence, creativity, and integrity. In this dialogue, he and Tami discuss the greatest challenge he faces as a consultant: how to be ultimately greedy in a way that actually benefits the whole, and how his life as a dharma practitioner relates to his life as a business consultant. (57 minutes)

Fred Kofman, PhD. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, is Google’s Vice President and leadership development advisor, founding president of the Conscious Leadership Center at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and founder and president of the Conscious Business Center International. Previously, he was Vice President of Executive Development at LinkedIn and a co-founder of Axialent, a global consulting company which has delivered leadership programs to more than 15,000 executives around the world. Fred is the author of the trilogy Metamanagement (2001), Conscious Business (2006) and The Meaning Revolution: The Power of Transcendent Leadership (2018).

To learn more about Fred and his work:
● Fred Kofman: http://fredkofman.org/index-ing.php
● LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/fkofman/
● Twitter: @fredkofman

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Conscious Business

Tami Simon speaks with Fred Kofman, author of the book Conscious Business: How to Build Value Through Values and the audio learning course Conscious Business: Transforming Your Workplace (and Yourself) by Changing the Way You Think, Act, and Communicate. Fred teaches people how to transform their workplace into an adaptive and resilient community that cultivates intelligence, creativity, and integrity. In this dialogue, he and Tami discuss the greatest challenge he faces as a consultant: how to be ultimately greedy in a way that actually benefits the whole, and how his life as a dharma practitioner relates to his life as a business consultant. (57 minutes)

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Establishing a place for regular outdoor meditation and nature observation is often referred to as a “sit spot” or “medicine spot”.  Like the Buddha, who found his own tree of awakening, we too can go to nature and practice being awake to the reality of the present moment.  This practice can also help us become more intimate with all the qualities of the land we live with.  

If one day I see a small bird and recognize it, a thin thread will form between me and that bird. If I just see it but don’t really recognize it, there is no thin thread. If I go out tomorrow and see and really recognize that same individual small bird again, the thread will thicken and strengthen just a little. Every time I see and recognize that bird, the thread strengthens. Eventually it will grow into a string, then a cord, and finally a rope. This is what it means to be a Bushman. We make ropes with all aspects of the creation in this way.” 

San bushman

Guided Sit Spot Practice

  1. Go to a place in nature that is close to where you live and that you can visit regularly.
  1. Take a few moments to center yourself, breathing in and out, and arriving fully in the present moment.
  1. As you are ready begin to walk mindfully with an intention to find a spot that calls out to you, a place you can sit and deepen your relationship with this place.  The spot should feel welcoming, safe and comfortable.  It could be under a tree, beside a boulder or in an open space.  Often, east facing spots can be nice for early morning sits.
  1. When you find a spot that feels good, in your own way, ask permission of that place and wait to see what comes to you.  If you feel invited, sit.  If not, keep looking.
  1. Once in your spot, sit comfortably and become as still as you can.  Imagine that you are melting into the earth, becoming a part of the land.  Sit for at least 15-30 minutes, noticing any movement, sounds, or other sensations and activities.
  1. Return often.

Find more practices for connecting to nature in Rewilding: Meditations, Practices, and Skills for Awakening in Nature by Micah Mortali.

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