Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.

– Mahatma Gandhi

Books

“People actually feel happiest and most fulfilled when meeting the challenge of their dharma in the world, when bringing highly concentrated effort to some compelling activity for which they have a true calling.”

Stephen CopeThe Great Work of Your Life: A Guide for the Journey to Your True Calling

“We are all leaders in one way or another, and when we choose to be responsible for what is happening around us, we are able to work together in a way that includes and utilises the unique talents of everyone.”

Karen and Henry Kimsey-HouseCo-Active Leadership: Five Ways to Lead

“The most important thing to understand about transforming a culture, whether that of a team or a whole company, is that it isn’t a matter of simply professing a set of values and operating principles. It’s a matter of identifying the behaviours that you would like to see become consistent practices and then instilling the discipline of actually doing them.”

Patty McCordPowerful - Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility

“Now, more than ever, businesses need great team leaders (…) and one of the ways in which organizations are seeking to meet the challenges of a VUCA world is by making more work team-based (…) we are smack-dab amid a massive shift toward more collaboration.”

Adrian Gostick and Chester EltonThe Best Team Wins: The New Science of High Performance

“The values of your company culture are not just the new arena of competitive advantage, they are the sine qua non for effective leadership: Who you are and what you stand for have become just as important as the quality of the products and services you sell.”

Richard BarrettValues-driven organisation: Cultural health and employee well-being as a pathway to sustainable performance

“Enlightened business leaders know they can only sustain strong positive results if they care about the common good. Enlightened leaders have learned that caring for employees, customers, and the local community is good for the bottom line. They have also learned during the last decades of the twentieth century that it is at their own risk and peril that they ignore their company´s larger social responsibilities, such as environmental protection, social justice, and ecological diversity. Unfortunately, this message still has not penetrated far in the business community and hardly at all in our business schools.”

Richard BarrettThe New Leadership Paradigm

“I have realised that values are much more than “what is important”; they are the energetic drivers of our aspirations and intentions. They are the source of all human motivations and decision-making.”

Richard BarrettEverything I Have Learned About Values

” Everybody has a hierarchy of values. And when you live according to your highest values, that’s when you liberate the most authentic you, the most inspired you, and the most creative you. Living according to your highest values is the secret to living and inspired and fulfilling life.”

Dr. John F. DemartiniThe Values Factor: The Secret to Creating an Inspired and Fulfilling Life

“The key neurobiological source of emotional commitment is the ability to live your own deepest values in a relationship or environment.”

“A manager’s emotional commitment is the ultimate trigger for their discretionary effort, worth more than financial, intellectual and physical commitment combined. It’s the kind of commitment that solves unsolvable problems, creates energy when all energy has been expended and ignites emotional commitment in others, like employees, teams and customers. Emotional commitment means unchecked, unvarnished devotion to the company and its success; any legendary organisational performance is the result of emotionally committed managers.”

Stan SlapBury My Heart at Conference Room B: The Unbeatable Impact of Truly Committed Managers

“Management generally considers three types of resources on hand for strategic execution: time, talent, and dollars. But there is a fourth that trumps the three: commitment of the employee culture.”

Stan SlapUnder the Hood: Fire up and fine-tune your employee culture

“The health of an organisation provides the context for strategy, finance, marketing, technology, and everything else that happens within it, which is why it is the single greatest factor determining an organisation’s success. More than talent. More than knowledge. More than innovation.”

“A good way to recognise health is to look for the signs that indicate that an organisation has it. These include minimal politis and confusion, high degrees of morale and productivity, and very low turnover among good employees.”

Patrick LencioniThe Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else in Business

“Not finance. Not strategy. Not technology. It is teamwork that remains the ultimate competitive advantage, both because it is so powerful and so rare.”

Patrick LencioniThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable

“Visionary companies are premier institutions – the crown jewels – in their industries, widely admired by their peers and having a long track record of making significant impact on the world around them.”

“A fundamental element in the “ticking clock” of a visionary company is a core ideology – core values and sense of purpose beyond just making money – that guides and inspires people throughout the organisation and remains relatively fixed for long periods of time.”

James C. Collins & Jerry I. PorrasBuilt to Last: Successful Habits of Visionary Companies

“When asked about their biggest competitive advantage, most CEOs of Firms of Endearments say it is their corporate culture.”

“Our great companies, including the ones in this book, but in the past as well, are fuelled by passion and by a sense of purpose. Great business leaders channel their employees’ desires to be part of something bigger than themselves and to be part of making the world a better place for their children into the overall purpose of their business. Profit is the outcome.”

Jagdish Sheth, Rajendra S. Sisodia, David B. WolfeFirms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose

The way we manage organisations seems increasingly out of date. Deep inside, we sense that more is possible. We long for soulful workplaces, for authenticity, community, passion, and purpose. Every time, in the past, when humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness, it has achieved extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration. A new shift in consciousness is currently underway and a few pioneers have already cracked the code of how to invent a more soulful and purposeful way to run our organisations. This book is full of insights, examples, and inspiring stories.

Frederic LalouxReinventing Organisations: A Guide to Creating Organizations Inspired by the Next Stage of Human Conciousness

“A Noble Sales Purpose is not a tactic. It’s a strategic shift in the way you approach your business. It’s more than a simple sales technique; it’s a sales leadership approach that turbocharges all other techniques. It’s the missing ingredient a sales force needs to take their performance to the next level.”

Lisa Earle McLeodSelling with a Noble Purpose: How to Drive Revenue and Do Work That Makes You Proud

The complexity of human relationship systems, their dynamics and interactions, requires a capacity and skill set that transcend Emotional and Social Intelligence. To successfully lead human relationship systems – teams and organisations – we are part of, we will need Relationship Systems Intelligence (RSI) – the ability to maximize one’s relationship with a given team and relate to it as a whole.

Anne Rød, Marita FridjhonCreating Intelligent Teams: Leading with Relationship Systems Intelligence

The secret to high performance and satisfaction and the in today’s world is the deeply held human need to direct our own lives (autonomy), the urge to get better at something that matters (mastery), and the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves (purpose).

Daniel H. PinkDrive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

“If we are going to find lasting solutions to difficult conflicts or external wars we find ourselves in, we first need to find our way out of the internal wards that are poisoning our thoughts, feelings, and attitudes towards others. If we can’t put an end to the violence within us, there is no hope for putting an end to the violence without.”

The Arbinger InstituteThe Anatomy of Peace: Resolving the Heart of Conflict

Research

“Organizations are no longer assessed based only on traditional metrics such as financial performance, or even the quality of their products or services. Rather, organizations today are increasingly judged on the basis of their relationships with their workers, their customers, and their communities, as well as their impact on society at large – transforming them from business enterprises into social enterprises.”

Deloitte University Press28 March 20182018 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends - The rise of the social enterprise

“In a digital world with increasing transparency and the growing influence of Millennials, employees expect a productive, engaging, enjoyable work experience. Rather than focus narrowly on employee engagement and culture, organizations are developing an integrated focus on the entire employee experience, bringing together all the workplace, HR, and management practices that impact people on the job.”

Deloitte University Press28 February 20172017 Deloitte Global Human Capital Trends - Rewriting the rules for the digital age

“Culture has become one of the most important business topics of 2016. CEOs and HR leaders now recognize that culture drives people’s behavior, innovation, and customer service: 82 percent of survey respondents believe that “culture is a potential competitive advantage.” Knowing that leadership behavior and reward systems directly impact organizational performance, customer service, employee engagement, and retention, leading companies are using data and behavioral information to manage and influence their culture.”

Deloitte University Press29 February 2016 Global Human Capital Trends 2016 - The new organization: Different by design

“How is culture managed? Who should be responsible for it within an organisation? How can culture be understood and shaped? And is it being reported? We asked 100 board members of FTSE 350 companies for their views on corporate culture today and their answers reveal three key messages:

  1. Culture is vital to overall strategy and performance
  2. Boards still need to take more responsibility for culture
  3. Investors need more information on organisational culture”
E&YCulture and boards at a glance

Videos

Richard BarrettHow You Can Measure The Company’s Culture
Tomas Chamorro-PremuzicWhy do so many incompetent men become leaders?
Mathew David BardwellFriedman’s Theory of Differentiated Leadership Made Simple
World Economic ForumWhy do people quit their jobs?
Margaret HeffernanForget the pecking order at work
Frederic LalouxReinventing Organizations
Frederic LalouxInsights for the Journey: A Video Series to Help You Reinvent Your Organization

Articles

ForbesOrganizational Values: The Most Underutilized Corporate Asset
Harvard Business ReviewHow to Establish Values on a Small Team
INSEAD KNOWLEDGEDoes Articulating Your Corporate Values Matter?
Harvard Business ReviewMake Your Values Mean Something
re:Work (Google)The five keys to a successful Google team
Harvard Business ReviewHigh-Performing Teams Need Psychological Safety. Here’s How to Create It
Richard BarrettThe top ten values of humanity
Richard BarrettBuilding Trust in Your Team: The Trust Matrix
Tor Eneroth & Ashley MundayTransforming Culture in Larger Organisations
Richard BarrettUnleashing Human Potential for Performance and Profit
T. Enroth, P. van Meer, N. Jiang, P. Clothier, H. InferGet Connected: A Practical Guide to Grow A Desired Team Culture
Ralph H. KilmannThomas-Kilmann Conflict Modes
Norun Laahne ThomassenThe Team Toxins and Their Antidotes

Training

Barrett Values CentreThe New Leadership Paradigm
Barrett Values CentreCTT Practitioner
CRR GlobalOrganisation & Relationship Systems Coaching
The Coaches Training Institute (CTI)Co-Active Coaching and Leadership Program
Kilmann DiagnosticsAdvanced Training in Conflict Management
LinkedIn LearningJohn UllmenCommunication Foundations
LinkedIn LearningChris CroftLearning to Be Assertive

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