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peace, love and happiness in business

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Trade Necessity

A long time ago when new transportation techniques emerged, it created new jobs like the traveling merchant and local trader. Where you could buy new and different products from other places then your own. There was a natural balance between the buyer and seller because goods or services were exchanged based on necessity.

Business is the new standard

Trade or starting a business has evolved during the last centuries into a “serious” profession. Where all kinds of new business developments were invented like new production techniques, price calculations, ratio’s, KPI’s, and something called “efficiency” Here scarcity was the basis of this trade game.

A Fair Trade

Slowly our view of doing business changed from efficiency towards impact. Where transparency opened our eyes and changed public opinion. This in a sense that trade was not always equal for all parties. Where business ethics became an important factor; doing good for society, giving back to the producers, a sustainable business for a clean environment etc. Where the rational efficiency on short term is not leading anymore, but the soft factors and the impact in a longer period of time, are the new metrics.

the impact in a longer period of time, is the new metric

Business as the new religion

The new entrepreneurs are getting younger and business is initiated by all kinds of people on all levels. New enterprises arise in so many different countries and even in remote locations. Where money is not an issue anymore thanks to Crowdfunding and Microcredit. Entrepreneurship is a commodity. Or is there more to it?

Entrepreneurship seems to be the new religion. The save harbor for a meaningful live and freedom of choice. Where business models are filled with the mantra of Peace, Love & Happiness. Where business people live accordingly to it:
– PEACE: have peace with yourself and with all others
– LOVE: love what you do, and how you do it
– HAPPINESS: experience happiness about the positive impact you bring to others

If you use these three spiritual factors, in your business-life you will make a change to your inner being as to the other humans beings around you.

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WHAT IF… employers apply to candidates

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Since years candidates apply for jobs with employers. Where hundreds of applicants for one position, seems to be the new norm. These large numbers make that most applicants don’t receive an answer at all, or just a standard mail confirmation. And when you are not chosen, a message to all: “we found a candidate who is a better fit”

Besides the impersonal communications, it takes really time and effort for the candidate to do this the right way. The applicant is required to fill in the job portal system with a lot of details of which you might think, why are they asking all these questions, especially in this first contact phase? Anyhow, your personal data is now somewhere in the holy grail of an online job portal. Hoping you will be one of the lucky bastards to be chosen in this job tombola.

WHAT IF… employers apply to candidates

What if…. Employers apply to candidates. In other words candidates have supplied a good CV, made all the personality tests, etc. All made available and where the employer takes the first step. So the first check would be already done at the door.

Are you interested in this position Mr. van de Rakt? Yes, lets’ talk! As the best fit is not only about the past career, but moreover about your personality and if you fit in the organization culture. Combine the human factors (first?) with the rational facts for a bright future together.

Surely there will be disadvantages about this concept, but think about it for a while and discuss it with you colleagues. Let’s come with a disruptive idea to get, in the end, a better solution for the perfect fit between employers and employees. I say” Power to the candidates!

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COMPANY CULTURE IS UNDERRATED

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When we talk about cultural differences we tend to think about differences in national cultures. But being involved in several international projects with people from different backgrounds and sectors, I noticed that even within one country, there are some cultural hurdles to overcome. Within a country differences might occur based on regional heritage, religion, history, local dialects and more.

But there is also something as the Company Culture. If we want know why some businesses are more successful than others, you might think about pragmatic or functional reasons, like a lower price or better technical specifications. But more important, a deal might be rewarded because both parties have a click. Like having the feeling this person, representing this company, will do as they promise. It’s about trust and leveling, based on the same believes.

The Company Culture is about how your organization handles things based on the norms and values in your enterprise. In more detail, it’s about the shared etiquettes, values, visions, rules, customs, beliefs and habits. It’s how your organization works, It’s how you and your colleagues, and in the end the external stakeholders, collaborate. You represent your company culture.

There are a few main drivers and focus points to be recognized in your organization. Is you company internal focused or external oriented? Is your organization open to flexibility and discretion vs. stability and control? What is the culture in your company, can you describe this?

This Company Culture is formed during the history of your company by all people present and by the new people joining your organization. Mostly it follows the changes during time, and is formed unintentionally on a subconscious level. But please know you can influence this culture. By steering your company culture the outcome in business results might be higher as expected. According some studies it can improve results by 200% or more. So why not give your company culture more attention and focus?

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A TRUTHFUL BUSINESS

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A truthful business is when you have a healthy balance between who you really are and who you want to be. In other words it’s closing the gap between your authenticity and your ambition.

WHO YOU ARE (authenticity)

Your company is existing now for some years. Once started with a dream to sell and get rich. This according the founder(s) believes how this goal should be achieved and what the company should be. Telling what the audience would like to hear, in order to sell stuff.
During this endeavor you were so focused on selling that you forgot who you truly are and why you started this adventure in the first place. You only listened to the voice of your market audience and responded to it accordingly.

What if you would listen to your own inner voice…. about what you really care about. In your life as director or owner of your business. What are your personal values and your company core values? Can you take one step back and think it over to find what is really important and to take action on it?

WHO YOU WANT TO BE (ambition)

Perhaps you are unsatisfied with the present situation within your company. Simply because the results are declining, or your company cannot comply to the latest trends and developments. On a more subtle level, you feel uncomfortable by only making profit and know there is more to it.

As a conscious business leader you realize it has to change. A new and alternative approach has to be chosen, one way or another. Set your (company) ambitions to a higher level. By involving all people around you, make impact in your community, add extra value to your offering that your clients will talk about. You are doing this, just because.

A TRUTHFUL BUSINESS

A truthful business is acting by the heart, which takes no effort at all. Not shouting out how good you are and spending large marketing budgets. This is old fashioned window dressing for short term wins. If you want set long term sustainable goals, communicate and act in a transparent way to your clients, employees, partners and others. Trust me, they will see and feel the difference, because it is the natural way to go. (and it feels good…)

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WRITING YOUR VALUES

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Culture eats strategy for breakfast. A nice saying, but what does this mean and firstly, what is culture? Culture contains a mix of elements such as norms, values, behaviors and ethics. The most basic element of culture is values. About being aware of what we really find important in our daily life’s.

As a start you can discover your own values as an individual, what you as a individual find important in your daily life. Another area where you can define values, is discovering the common values with your co-workers: a company value manifest. To know what you as a team or organization find important in your daily work.

a value manifest gives direction so everyone works on the same goal, knows how to communicate with each other and being aware of what -not- to do

There is also a more functional reason to write a value manifest: for example when you want to hire new people; this will attract the right candidates that match your value criteria. Also it will level out the business partners that are (not) on the same page of what your organization stands for.

You can start writing about what you as a conscious business leader find important. Next step can be to discuss this with your team and find the internal common grounds. The motivation to do so can be various: for a clear goal setting, increased motivation, more focus, finding the main strengths, a possible culture change and more.

As an example, please have a look at our own Business Hippie Club – Value Manifest. This Manifest contains the most important elements how we see the social economy and how to do business, by intertwining it with human values. This is our holistic approach to accomplish our mission.

If you need assistance with writing your value manifest, please contact us. We organize workshops for teams and organizations to discover your common values for a more coherent workforce.

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WELL-BEING INEQUALITY

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What matters more: the greatest overall happiness, or the happiness of the greatest number? This question has concerned philosophers for centuries.

It is easier to talk about income differences (inequality) then about more subjective items as feelings about happiness.

Most conversations about development these days focus on income inequality and people’s wellbeing. But analysis suggests these conversations might be better focused on the inequality in people’s wellbeing. There are three reasons for that:

  1. Polarization

Data show that worldwide, with every passing year since the Great Recession, life has gotten better for people with wellbeing scores in the top 20% and worse for people with wellbeing scores in the bottom 20%.

2. Holistic metrics

Measuring inequality through a subjective wellbeing metric such as life evaluation allows each respondent to consider all the issues of their life that are important to them and to factor them into their rating accordingly. Income inequality, on the other hand, looks at only one component of what is important to people.

3. Psychological

Importantly, this inequality is associated with lower levels of happiness for citizens, while there is evidence regarding the psychological nature of this relationship. Central mechanisms that explain the link between income inequality and subjective well-being, including anxiety from status competition, mistrust, and hopes and fears about the future.

wellbeing inequality may tell us more about life itself, than income

There are at least two ways in which to examine inequalities in wellbeing: inequalities between groups of people (e.g. according to gender or income groups), and inequality in overall wellbeing of the population.

The growing inequality in how people rate their lives shows millions of people are clearly being left behind. But more than that, the widening gap in how people rate their lives may be able to provide a better, more complete picture of inequality in a country than income inequality alone.

While studying national averages illustrates important differences between countries, to gain a greater understanding of wellbeing inequality it is important to analyze differences within countries. This is why more and more political leaders are taking Wellbeing Inequality into account.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to include the wellbeing of New Zealanders as a measure of her country’s economic success.

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ECONOMIC PHILOSOPHY

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An increasing number of people is not happy with the present situation in our society and how the economic system works. Tweaking the existing system is not bringing the drastic change we need right now. There is simply no time to waste. So we need a different approach to have a balanced social economy.

The philosophy of our society should be about studying the human behavioral patterns and market constructs. To analyze the correlations and motivations to build an economic system which is adapted to our goal of well-being.

Now we use an economic system which was initiated after a war which was based on scarcity, to rebuild our society and economy with jobs, income and housing. This construct is no longer applicable as we, generally speaking, live in a time of abundance. This consumerism is no longer valid.

This quantitative approach should be replaced by the goal of improving the quality of life

By working on an economy of connection instead of competition. Where we all have access to goods and services instead of owning these. We need to define what well-being means, in order to design how our society should look like.

Let’s also be critical about the role of the larger companies as they have a great power and influence on how our society functions. Can we make them accountable for their impact on our society?

The (present) old school economic system is prevailing and leading our society. What if we choose for people first, and happiness as leading criteria? Let businesses innovate in non-commercial activities, and see what happens….

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FEEL THE HEAT

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Presently there is a lot of attention on our climate problems. True, no discussion about such a fact. But this problem is not caused by itself but by other, external elements then the climate system itself.

It is influenced by causes like industry pollution, too much harvesting, prevailing economic interests, and more. In other words it’s a systematic problem and as such needs a holistic solution.

These days we live in a society where well-fare is more important then well-being. As long as this is the adagium, nothing will improve. As long as economic interests lead our decisions, no shift will occur.

Our society is run by leaders of commercial companies, policy makers, profit seeking individuals and more. As long as they run the commercial show nothing will change. Because these are short term interests and not long term, sustainable, trajectories. Do you really expect those who caused the problems, will bring the solutions for a social economy?

That’s why we need a dramatically ideologic shift. But it seems we have to experience our hell first, and feel the heat below our feet, before we step into action….

So join our movement and take action for a social economy!

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