October Newsletter

October 22, 2020 1:51 PM | Kelly Chewning (Administrator)

If the Halloween decorations or political lawn signs haven’t scared you enough, then you’re ready for the fourth quarter and shorter daylight hours. There are some new tricks – and treats – in the Conscious Capitalism/Boston collection. Managing remotely is a ‘must-have’ at all levels and the use of technology tools to avoid the annoying ‘check in’ reminders is only accelerating. We’re here to help and look forward to supporting your success with a network, knowledge and creative ideas.

Put another way, now service providers and other companies are using a “just-in-time” business model applied to workflows. Manufacturers have used JIT for years to manage deliveries, scheduling and inventories to ensure that production, logistics, enterprise resources were responsive, deployed at the right time to get things done efficiently. In responding to Covid-19 disruptions, we’re coping with people issues, process and work in new ways. 

For questions, or challenges that need a community of practice, we’re just a click or call away.


We always encourage Conscious Capitalism members and supporters to make purchases that support local companies. The multiplier effect of spending in nearby stores and merchants is just one way to thank chapter sponsors and sustain jobs in your local area. As temperatures drop and outdoor activities change, it’s worth thinking about what you can buy ahead, and store up, to help local merchants survive.

John Pepper, founder and CEO of Boloco restaurants,  outlined just how difficult it can be for independent, local owners to continue as “take out only” food providers. This October story in The Boston Globe detailed the challenging path to managing retail stores in the ongoing Covid-19 economy.

Are there details from your company or local area you’d like to share, please send information to Kelly Chewning.


Many local and national Conscious Capitalism events, panel discussions and speaker videos are available, free of charge either on the organization’s YouTube channel or via download. We are hosting conversations online (see December details below) and we hope you will engage other chapter members in your area – or in your professional network – to explore ways that business can be a force for social change. 

BOOK CLUB – After spotlighting a number of authors and business experts, we have a library of books on the future of management, continuous improvement, Conscious Capitalism practices from founders such as Prof. Raj Sisodia of Babson College or Whole Foods founder John Mackey and others. 

What books are you reading? Would you like to share your copy or discuss recent favorites?

David Wallace, of gamechange LLC, just finished “Humanocracy” by Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini. It outlines ways to build resilient organizations that put people first, process second and enable them to respond in times of change. Engagement, team input and distributing control is just part of the way that dynamic models can outperform sluggish, traditional management.

DECEMBER 17th 2-3pm (via Zoom)

Leadership is a crucial tenet of Conscious Capitalism and a key element in a distributed, ‘working from anywhere’ organization. Immense collective intelligence exists in every corner of your company or non-profit group. One way to tap this knowledge is training your people on how they can improve as leaders, engage with others and challenge conventional thinking. 

To guide this conversation, we welcome:

Daniel Friedland, MD, CEO of SuperSmartHealth and author of "Leading Well From Within" 

Michael Harth, co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of LAZ Parking. Over four decades, Laz Parking has built an engaging culture for training everyone from the frontline valets across the US to corporate workforce. The company looks improve culture by practicing servant leadership and continually investing in personal and professional growth. 

This event is sure to provide a window of insight into the methodology - integrating Conscious Leadership with Appreciative Inquiry - that Daniel applied with the LAZ Parking leadership team. They worked together to tap the knowledge and experience of executives and came to appreciate this unique, invisible corporate asset that had otherwise been overlooked.

JANUARY 6TH 2:00 - 2:45 EST

Picking up where Daniel and Michael leave off, we are hosting this 'practical' session with Cheryl Jones, Founder of The Mindful Path. Join us as Cheryl teaches tools for being mindful and balanced - particularly during this time of high stress and challenge.

Thanks for reading all the way to the bottom! As a bonus for you, we have a sweepstakes offer. “Like” us on Facebook, post on Twitter or LinkedIn, we’ll enter you in a drawing for a Conscious Capitalism book.

Also, please send any suggestions for future program topics, requests for network events or other ways that Conscious Capitalism can assist your organization. 

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