You can't keep on thinking sloppy thoughts and feeling random emotions and expect success. In order for your business to grow or your professional activity to take off, you must BE clear, THINK clearly and FEEL GOOD about it. If not, your business will stagnate or suffer the yoyo syndrome of growth/recession for ever.
I remember 911 and the fear associated with that event, so imagine my NON-surprise when I first heard that September 23rd 2015 was announced as the end of the world.
I have lived many "end of the world" episodes, however this one happens to coincide with one of the biggest business scandals in history.
I feel sorry for the people at Volkswagen who couldn't have imagined their company cheating on such a wide scale.
It is difficult sometimes to really put the finger on what is wrong. I don’t usually do this, but in this day of User Experience, one wonders if anyone one the decision making side is living in the real world. I am not saying that there is such thin as a real world, just that the common “real world” sensation is what we can call a user experience.
Why do we start a business?
I hear or read many points of views on the subject. Mostly, starting a business is done for the possible immediate foreseeable consequence in case of success: Money. Then the goal becomes success.
People doing great things in my sphere of conscience show me that this seems to be the going metric. Success.
There are many, if not the majority, of leading companies out there with publicized CSR charts and statements. CSR is an integral part of today’s way of doing business. Consultants and business advisers, lawyers, financial experts… many tell and show us the benefits of CSR from their specific point of view.
With this much social conscience, why are we still witnessing growing inequalities, increasing pollution and contamination, financial scandals at the highest corporate levels and corruption?
I have always been interested in “sustainable” as it could pertain to economy and business. I am therefore interested in “Holistic” as it could be related to industrial and business management. After all, what is good for individual health, or the agricultural industry should be good for business health.
The first thing to understand about “Holistic” is that it is a concept; it is neither an idea nor a recipe. It has no “RIGHTs and WRONGs”, no “DOs and DON’Ts”.
This concept, I believe can only “felt”. I cannot be understood as math or logic can. It is of “Essence”, of “Being”, not of any metric or of any action.
I will draw here a parallel between living, breathing organism, and a business. A business is an entity of its own. It has a legal existence, owns things, acts, and sometime spawns and reproduces (especially in Franchise business models). It can be sick, and when it is, “doctors” are called to diagnose and cure the patient. Sometimes they can’t succeed and the business dies.
The world of finance has always drawn mixed feelings from me.
On one side, I realize that many of the pleasurable technological breakthroughs that we enjoy today in our lives come from someone with money investing in an innovative and risky idea. My personal experience with the various projects that I was involved me told me that most of these investors made their money by using the stock exchange in one way or another. These people are just like you and me, they shop, live, love, and experience life’s many wonders. I usually find people nice, and finance types are no exception.
On the other side is the institution that lies behind it all. The ruthless world of hardworking, intelligent people who are living and breathing numbers and ratios, giving the impression that the “human factor” simply does not exist. The banking companies sacrificing talented people by overworking them like the slaves of old.