“Conscious” + “Capitalism” — strange bedfellows or the natural evolution of 21st Century business practices? Stories of corrupt businesses, bad leaders and toxic cultures flood the news headlines today, but what if that is an antiquated model of business as usual? By the year 2030, Conscious Capitalism Chicago wants to help make Chicago a city known for beauty, prosperity and happiness. What might be possible for Chicago, and globally, if companies existed to elevate humanity through purpose, servant leadership and being a force for good?
Tune in to The Curious Conscious Capitalist podcast to hear from Chicago area business leaders and companies who have produced profitable businesses by leading with purpose and creating cultures where coming to work doesn’t suck and people are thriving.
Building A Company With Heart
Tom Carmazzi, CEO of Tuthill Corporation, a global manufacturer of pumps, shares his story of personal transformation. From relating to people as transactions to seeing them as individuals has revolutionized the company he leads. By looking within, Carmazzi has built a conscious company with heart where authenticity and vulnerability are valued.
Lift As You Climb
Rachel Bernier-Green is the owner of Laine’s Bake Shop, a family operated artisan baking company located on Chicago’s south side. Where many companies are just starting the transition to a business model of Conscious Capitalism, Rachel’s company was founded on these principles.
Rachel talks about the importance of "lifting as we climb," and building our work around causes that matter. Tom learns how he could have built his math skills by baking brownies. Rachel shares her personal journey, starting out as a somewhat reluctant entrepreneur and becoming someone who is actively revitalizing urban communities through thoughtful partnerships, constant courageous learning and cookies for a cause.
The Virtuous Circle of Managing People
Conscious leadership matters regardless what kind of business you run. But when your "product" and "inventory" are people, it's especially important. Daphne Dolan shares her thoughts on the value of empathy, integrity and listening, and the virtuous circle that comes when you create a caring, fun loving work environment.
The Profitability of Investing in People
Nancy Pautsch is President of Envision IT LLC, a technology consulting company based in Madison, WI. A leader in technology sales, Nancy discovered that personal growth can lead to professional fulfillment. In sharing her passion, Envision has become a firm of endearment and a model for how investing in people, community and customers can lead to profitability.
How Businesses Can Heal our Bodies, Minds, Souls and Planet
We live in a world of extraordinary pain and suffering. If we are not consciously part of the healing, we are probably part of the hurting. Most businesses take healthy and whole people and over time, stress them out and burn them out, adversely impacting their health, happiness and families. But it doesn't have to be that way. Business can be a source of healing - of making broken people whole again - and be extraordinarily successful at the same time.
Raj Sisodia, author, scholar, thought leader and co-founder of Conscious Capitalism joins the conversation to share stories and lessons from the subject of a book he is currently working on.
Lead with Purpose & Be Your Values
Marc Blackman, CEO of Gold Eagle Brands, shares how conscious leadership has been a guiding force as he adapts an 80-year-old family business to the changing economy. Gold Eagle manufactures and distributes products to enhance the performance of engines. Their purpose is “to protect and serve the things you love.” Learn how leading with purpose has impacted their culture and how they connect with their customers.
Brilliant, thoughtful and engaging Leadership conversation!
This is one of my favorite pods and I wish you guys were back with more amazing Leadership perspective and content. Thank you for the episodes you’ve done! Please come back soon.
This is a great podcast where local Chicago business leaders talk strategy about being conscious capitalists. Using powerful tools, such as trust, care and mindful listening, these business leaders are making huge strides in both business and social impact. Totally worth a listen!!
Open your eyes to the heart of business
These are insightful interviews with real conscious leaders in the Chicago area. People are complex. Business is complex, and it can be a force for good in the world. If you're up for the challenge of showing up every day to learn how you can do better by the people in your organization, this is for you. Full disclosure, I volunteer with the Conscious Capitalism Chicago Chapter, but wasn't involved in this podcast production.