What happens when a business's ethics or purpose clash with bald, blunt performance indicators? What does it take to stand up for personal values in a professional environment? If seen as part of living in a more integrated fashion, are there no boundaries between the personal and professional? What does that mean for employers' responsibilities and employees' accountability?
This was a breakfast exploring the vast implications and significance of spirituality in business. In a conversation that was deeply sustaining we covered everything from:
... how employers attempt to navigate the fine line between pastoral responsibilities towards their staff with the need to extract optimum commercial results;
... the perils a business runs by neglecting its staff's wellbeing and individual development;
... the difficulty of finding a place for ineffable, reflective matters (including spirituality) in a corporate culture that is rated by metrics and speed;
... whether many business models depend entirely on their size and dominance for their success;
... the conditioned tendency to park one's faith with the car outside the office; to
... what happens when a business meeting starts with a prayer, and whether we can ever really sell a proposition that is based on being poorer - but happier?
Plus so much more! Thank you hugely to all who came and shared their insights and ideas so generously.
Some organisations offer more than a commodity or service: they represent an identity, are the lodestar of a community. This breakfast explored how those communities are best enriched and sustained, the best tips and techniques for developing a sense of "belonging", what that even meant (and didn't mean) and much more...