Principles of Conscious Capitalism

Principles of Conscious Capitalism

Conscious Capitalism has 4 principles. Conscious Leadership, a Higher Purpose, a responsibility to every Stakeholder and a Conscious Culture. As Raj and John say they are all connected with each other and you can’t separate them out they all go together. My favorite part though is Conscious Culture. No matter what your perspective or political affiliation I am sure we can all agree that there is a lot to do. Our world needs all of our best efforts if we are going to get it all done. Unfortunately, as Gallup is happy to tell us only about 30% of us are engaged (13% globally). This is a huge waste of potential. As Raj and John say, “humans are not a ...
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Horse Leadership

Horse Leadership

Gavin Watson I have been reading Mismatch by Ronald Giphart and Mark van Vugt. The following are some ideas I gleaned from the section about the mismatch in the work environment. The book is about the mismatch between the environment in which we were “designed” by evolution and the environment in which we now live and work. We can learn something valuable from horses. They have a different system of leadership than we use in our corporations. Within herds of horses the leader is a mare. She is the leader because the other horses choose to follow her. They select her to lead them because she is the best at looking after the others. She is the best at keeping ...
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Watson inc Annual KWH Usage

Energy Savings at Watson Inc.

Gavin Watson In March of 2019 we sold our family business Watson Inc. to an Irish food company Glanbia PLC. Watson is a nutritional food ingredients company in West haven CT with 330 employees, 100 million in sales and about 10 million in profits. We sold Watson for $89 million. Glanbia has kept the facilities and all of our people. Glanbia is investing heavily in growth and new business at the company. I mention the above not because it is particularly relevant but just to establish that I have valid experience and I know what I am talking about when it comes to running a business. I have always been most interested in two things. Saving energy and developing people ...
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Introversion and Leadership

Introversion and Leadership

Gavin Watson I am reading “Quiet” by Susan Cain. It was recommended to me by Allison Holzer one of the co-board members of our Conscious Capitalism group in Connecticut. Quiet is about “The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking.” There are many notable observations that Cain makes and I am only about 1/3 of the way through it. One of the particular things that I found makes a lot of sense to me is the difference between extroverted leaders and introverted leaders and what works best and when. Cain makes the observation that extroverted leadership works best when the team needs motivation and direction. The extrovert excels at being confident that they know the one best ...
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