Access free stuff to support you in your personal and professional growth

If you click here you can access free resources and downloads to support you, your team, and your organisation in becoming the best you can become. These resources include:

1. Personal Values Assessment—Exploring your personal values

2. Get Connected—The Book for Team Building

3. Broadcast Dialogues with Richard Barrett on his book

The Values-driven Organisation: Unleashing human potential for performance and profit,

available free on I-Tunes

4. Broadcast Dialogues with Richard Barrett on his book

What My Soul Told Me: A practical guide to soul activation,

available free on I-Tunes

5. Broadcast Dialogues with Richard Barrett on his book

Evolutionary Coaching

available free on I-Tunes

Building a values-driven Society: Do not miss our international conference in Stockholm ( June 11 – 13, 2014)

Every two years, the Barrett Values Centre holds its international conference. This year it will be held from 11th to 13th June in Stockholm. The focus of the conference will be on building a values-driven society. The first day will focus on the individual journey. The second day will focus on the group/collective journey, and the third day will focus on the global/societal journey.

On June 10th there will be a pre-conference workshop and a one-day meeting for everyone interested in National and Community Values Assessments (National Values Coalition) where we will share experiences about bringing about culture change in our society.

Click here for details of the main conference programme.

Click here for details of the venue and to register.

Click here for details on the National Values Coalition day.


Free webinar on evolutionary coaching: Don’t miss it.

OnWednesday May 14 at 1 pm in New York  and 6 pm in London, I will be doing a free 20 minute webinar as part of the World Business Executive Coach Pre-Summit.  You can find out more about this webinar by clicking here.

If you want to register for other pre-summit events or hear speakers at the full summit click here.

Here is an outline of my pre-summit talk:

At the core of the theory of human psychological development are two ideas: first, we grow and evolve in stages, and second, each stage has its own specific needs. What motivates us at any moment in time is the satisfaction of the needs of the stage of psychological development we have reached—our primary motivation, and the satisfaction of the needs of the stages of psychological development we have passed through where we still have unmet needs—our secondary motivations.

For whatever reason, and for whatever period of time the unmet needs from the earlier stages of our development predominate over our primary needs, we become arrested in our development: While our conscious awareness is taken up with satisfying our secondary motivations, we cannot focus on our primary motivation.

The job of the evolutionary coach is to help their clients prevent this from happening; and if it does, to support their clients in refocusing on their primary motivation by teaching them how to overcome or master their unmet needs and help them build new neural pathways.

When we are able to satisfy our needs we experience a sense of internal stability and external equilibrium. We feel aligned and comfortable in ourselves and we feel aligned and comfortable with those around us and our environment. Only then can we attain our full potential. When we are unable to satisfy our primary and secondary motivations we experience either internal instability or external disequilibrium.

Whatever needs we have that help us remain aligned and comfortable in ourselves and with those around us is what we value. Thus our values are always a reflection of our needs and a reflection of the stage of development we have reached.

Based on the Book: Evolutionary Coaching: A Values-based Approach to Unleashing Human Potential by Richard Barrett (available late May 2014)

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Values and culture highlighted as critical issues in the demise of the Coop

Martin Palethorpe, a CTT consultant and a member of the PRAGMA Group, has distilled the eight key lessons from Sir Christopher Kelly’s report on the Failings and Management of Governance–an independent review of into the events leading to the Co-operative Bank’s capital shortfall. Click here to see Martin’s summary.

Key among the lessons are:

Live your values
Make your values live and stick. Live them in all initiatives and embed them in behaviours. Translate your values into meaningful guidance. Make sure too that your espoused brand matches how you actually operate.

A healthy culture 
Consciously and strategically develop your organisational & Board culture. The Coop had a culture that focused on good news, lacked accountability, tolerated underperformance, lacked transparency, discouraged challenge, and deferred problems.
Transparency, openness, debate, challenge, clarity & accountability are critical values needed in any successful Board or Executive team. These values will fundamentally impact how your Board works and how it makes decisions, which can be the difference between long-term sustainability & success and utter failure.

These issues come as no surprise to those of us involved in doing cultural values assessments and supporting cultural transformation.

Finding Happiness and Meaning at Work, That is the Quest

Next week, I will be giving the opening keynote speech at the Sustainable Brands Conference in Rio de Janiero. My message is simple, You cannot have a sustainable brand without a sustainable culture; and in order to have a sustainable culture you have to measure and manage it.

In the afternoon, I will be part of a panel discussing the question “Is it possible to reconcile work and happiness.” My answer is a definitive YES; but you have to become a values-driven organisation in order to do so. No matter who you are, depending on what stage of psychological development you have reached and what level of consciousness you are operating from, you will either be looking for happiness or meaning in your life. After your family, work will be the principle domain of this search.

Happiness and meaning are not synonymous: the ego is in search of happiness; the soul is in search for meaning. Most people find meaning when they are able to tap into their creativity, make a difference in their world and be of service to humanity.  Business leaders are beginning to understand this.

At the conclusion of his first interview with the New York Times (21st February 2014), Satya Nadella, the newly appointed CEO of Microsoft remarked, “One of the things I am fascinated about generally is the rise and fall of everything, from civilizations, to families, to companies. We all know the mortality of companies is less than human beings. There are few examples of even 100-year old companies. For us to be a 100 year-old company where people find meaning at work, that is the quest.”

My previous blog What Employees Want deals with this question in more detail.

Greed at the Heart of the British Banking System?

The KPMG report on the reinvention of British Banks estimates the cost of conduct failings in 2013 at a massive 80% of cumulative profits.  In other words, bad behaviour is having a major impact on the viability of the British banking sector.  Of course bad behaviour always starts with flawed values.

What this report shows, in my opinion, is that greed is at the heart of the British banking system.  Greed is always bad for business, because it erodes trust. And that is exactly what is happening. There is a major crisis of trust in the banking industry, and it starts at the top:The culture of an organisation is always a reflection of leadership consciousness.

Who are the people running our banks? What happened to their values? Are these people fit to run companies? My conclusion is they are not, because they do not understand how values operate. This may not be true of everyone, as I am sure there are many people working in the banking industry that come from a place of high intention, but based on the evidence, five year on from the banking crisis, I wonder to what extent their voices are being heard.  I know that whatever energy you operate with is the energy you get back.  The past greed of the leaders of our banks is coming home to roost, and investors are paying for it.  If you are an investor, in the banking sector, it is about time you woke up to the fact that unless the banks you invest in are driven by values, you are throwing your money away.

The KPMG report concludes:

As we have discussed, all banks are working on a massive conduct agenda and undergoing a cultural revolution. The million dollar questions are “How will be measure success?” and “How will banks be able to assess if they are truly restoring trust?”

The answer to these question is simple: By mapping their values; finding out from employees what values operate in the bank, and asking customers what values they see in their bank. The tools are available … If you want to build a values-driven organisation then go here and take a look at this (click here).


Ten Strategies for Getting into a State of Flow

Excerpt from the forthcoming Evolutionary Coaching (May 2014)

This raises an important question: How do you consciously get and stay in a state of flow? The answer is you don’t. You cannot consciously move into flow, because flow is a gift from the soul that occurs when you surrender to your soul’s desires. Although you can’t switch flow on, you can encourage it by consciously committing yourself to your soul’s purpose and then attempting to implement as many of the following strategies as you can.

  •  Become unbelievably adaptive.
  • Surrender to the process.
  • Never trick yourself into believing you have the best answer.
  • Be at ease with what is.
  • Focus on what is in front of you.
  • Be at ease with uncertainty.
  • Try to include everything.
  • Consider the whole system.
  • Stick to your values.
  • Follow your passion.

 Become unbelievably adaptive: Let go of any idea of the way things have to be. These are just your assumptions. Whatever wants to emerge and energetically feels right is the right thing to do. Focus on what you have energy for, and let go of anything that does not spark your juices. Go with your inspiration. The most successful people and companies are unbelievably adaptive. They are not attached to their idea of how things have to be. These people have self-transforming minds. They are constantly reinterpreting reality. The map of the world they use for meaning-making is always a work in progress.

Surrender to the process: This is hard at the beginning, especially when it means letting go of things that you identify with. I have let go of relationships, homes, and even being CEO of my own company. Letting go is a hard thing to do. In many situations it is only by letting go do that you find the freedom to do what you need to do. You have to surrender to your soul if you want to fulfill your destiny and experience fulfillment. In this situation, surrender does not represent defeat. It represents growth and most importantly, victory over fear.

Never trick yourself into believing you have the best answer: Forget everything you think you know. It just serves to block your intuition and inspiration. It stops the emergence of new ideas. Knowledge is a two-edged sword. It can be amazingly brilliant at helping you solve problems, and it can be amazingly obstructive in enabling you to think out of the box. What you think you know is a filter you apply to your experience. Always challenge your assumptions/beliefs. I frequently remind myself and even state it in front of others that I don’t know anything. I do this so I can stay open. I know that only when the cup is empty can it be filled. Only when you become a void can you be a channel for things to flow through you.

Be at ease with what is: You always give everything that happens in your life all the meaning it has for you. I know it is hard to believe that everything that happens is neutral. It may feel right or wrong or good or bad, but, from the quantum perspective (a place without judgement), it is what it is. It is nothing other than an event or a situation. As long as you know this, and remind yourself of it, then you are free to examine your feelings and emotions from a place of neutrality. By not judging, you allow the meaning of the event to unfold. So often, I have found that what felt like something bad when it happened, turned out to be something really good. Holding off on your judgement allows you to see through the eyes of wisdom.

Focus on what is in front of you: Do not get distracted from your purpose. When you reach the higher stages of development, you will become recognised as an “influential” person. You will be “someone”. People will want your attention: They will want to enlist your support in their endeavours. This can be a trap for your ego. If you become too distracted, you will lose your way. You must keep your energies focused on your soul purpose and your next immediate priority while allowing yourself quiet time for reflection or meditation so inspiration can flow. Don’t seek the limelight. Choose your friends carefully. Don’t get railroaded into projects that don’t get your juices flowing. Learn to say no. You will know where to put your energies if you allow yourself to be guided by the inspiration of your soul.

Be at ease with uncertainty: Sometimes, the best answer to what seems like a problematic situation is to do nothing. Just standing back and letting the situation unfold with the energies that are driving it can be the perfect thing to do. Allowing things to fall apart can on some occasions be a positive strategy. At other times, intervening in a situation is totally the right thing to do. Knowing whether to intervene or not is a valuable skill that relies on intuition and inspiration. This means there will be times when you consciously decide to live with uncertainty. Being able to stay in a place of uncertainty is impossible if your ego is hanging on to fear. The urge to control what is happening is how the ego creates certainty. To live with uncertainty means detaching from your need to get to an outcome.

Try to include everything: Be incredibly curious. Never stop asking questions. Whenever you are considering ways to solve a problem, always bring into the picture everything that is related in some way, even if the relationship at first appears tenuous. Include the whole system in your inquiry. This is when patterns appear. Unseen patterns are behind everything. You will not be able to find them unless you engage in constant inquiry. Enlist your intuition and inspiration in your search for the truth.

Consider the whole system: Always stay in touch with the big picture. Whatever is going on and whatever issues present, ask yourself: “What are the needs of the whole system?” It is so easy to get stuck in trying to resolve a situation when the situation you are trying to resolve is a symptom of a larger problem. There is always a bigger picture to everything. Everything exists in a framework, and every framework exists inside another framework. There is nothing in our physical world that does not exist within multiple frameworks. What frameworks are you operating in?

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