The Metrics of Human Consciousness: Dialogue

On the 7th of October I recorded a seminar with Marc Gafni and Zak Stein from the Centre for Integral Wisdom discussing my new book The Metrics of Human Consciousness. The book will be published early in the new year. You can hear the discussion with Mark and Zak by clicking here.

Early in the seminar, Lesley Freeman, who introduces the speakers refers to a paper (the book) which you can find by clicking here.

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Why are values-driven organisations the most successful on the planet?

In this series of links you will find a wealth of information about building a values-driven culture.

The first link is to a Webinar I gave in July 2013 to launch my book The Values-Driven Organisation: Unleashing human potential for performance and profit.  You can view the Webinar by clicking here and download this presentation by clicking here .

If you would like even more depth, then you can listen to the dialogues that I have done with David Gibbons on The Values-Driven Organisation by clicking here and going to the June archives. You can also listen to the dialogues on I Tunes.

Finally, for a brief overview of measuring culture and the Cultural Transformation Tools you can click here.

The Portuguese version of the book will be available in Brazil in August.


Compulsary culture audits get closer in the UK

The Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors (CIIA) said yesterday they want sweeping new powers covering behaviour in all parts of businesses, as well as the traditional role of monitoring finances (click here for details).

“On the basis that what gets measured gets done, companies must take seriously the need to audit their progress in addressing the need for change,” said boss Ian Peters.

This is good news for all those involved in the business of cultural transformation and measuring cultures.

Watch this video if you want to find out how to measure culture, and then for more information about the Cultural Transformation Tools  click here.

BVC Presentation on Culture


Governor of the Bank of England speaks out for conscious capitalism

In a speech in the City this week, Mark Carney, Governor of the Bank of England said:

“Capitalism is at risk of destroying itself unless bankers realise they have an obligation to create a fairer society.”

Mark Carney, a Canadian, and the first foreigner to be appointed to this prestigious job went on to warn that there was a growing sense that the basic social contract at the heart of capitalism was breaking down amid rising inequality. “We simply cannot take the capitalist system, which produces such plenty and so many solutions, for granted. Prosperity requires not just investment in economic capital, but investment in social capital.”

Mark Carney

Mark Carney

Click here to see The Guardian article.

Click here to see my previous blogs on this topic.

Want to build a values-driven organisation: read the book and follow the broadcasts

The Values-driven Organisation can be purchased by clicking here and you can follow the broadcast series about the book by clicking here.


Based on significant new research from multiple sources, Richard Barrett creates a compelling narrative about why values-driven organizations are the most successful organizations on the planet. According to Barrett, understanding employees’ needs—what people value—is the key to creating a high performing organization. When you support employees in satisfying their needs, they respond with high levels of employee engagement—they willingly bring their commitment and creativity to their work.

Conference on work and spirituality at the University of Laussane-don’t miss it!

Looks like a great three-day program.


Work occupies a central place in our society and in the lives of all working people. It is vital in both the literal and figurative senses.

When the focus is exclusively on growth and profit at any cost, this gradually leads to denial of human complexity and meaning.
This is why work suffers from an overall negative image and from stubborn prejudices that tarnish it.
The present tendencies at the levels of ethics and economics, illustrated by inappropriate work practices that too often lead to depression or even suicide, are the cause of increasing indignation in the population, but also of realizations that it is becoming urgent to change course.

If the destructive aspects are quite widely reported, this is not true for the positive and constructive aspects of work.

Yet knowledge about this subject is progressing, but still remains in the shadows.
Discoveries about the brain, its functioning, its architecture, and neuronal plasticity, are very important and offer encouraging perspectives, particularly for stress management and for mental control. And thirst for values and meaning in connection with work is growing.

The objectives of the Conference may be described in this way:

  • To build a reflexion from very different viewpoints such as the impact of the medical discoveries (neuroscience), among others, on stress-reduction of managers.
  • To evaluate the impact of the so called “spiritual” and “lay” values emerging nowadays (independent from religions) on managers, decision-makers, and leaders in various fields, linked to the need of meaning, ethics, respect of the person…

This is why it is aimed at the leaders, businessmen, human resource managers, politicians, social partners, scientists, health care professionals, students, journalists, consultants and all people open to these questions. Click here to find out more.


LaussaneI was invited to speak and fully intended going, but they decided to do it on the week I am getting married!