Fred Kofman

A Quote by Fred Kofman on business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and work

What would a conscious business environment look like?

The most significant observation would be the total absence of abuse,shame,and threat. People would take responsibility for their behavior and deal with each other honestly and respectfully. They would hold themselves and each other accountable for adhering to some set of agreed-upon values and for working toward an agreed-upon vision. Deviations and errors would be an opportunity for learning and growth,rather than an excuse for blame and punishment.

There would still be problems,people that don’t get along,and losses. A conscious business environment is not a Garden of Eden where everything is always blissful. The marketplace is a turbulent place with no guarantees of success. The main difference displayed by a conscious business environment is that in addition to the drive to achieve their goals,people would experience also the commitment to operate according to their values. This commitment is the source of unconditional dignity that would give the organization and its members a core of luminosity from which to extend into the world.

A conscious business environment would be a challenge,an invitation to develop people’s physical,emotional,mental,and spiritual spheres. The conscious organization is a crucible where people refine themselves through service and partnership. As Khalil Gibran would say,a conscious business is a place where it becomes obvious that work is “love made visible.”

Fred Kofman

Source: Sounds True Interview with Fred Kofman: http://store.soundstrue.com/interview-kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on conscious business and conscious capitalism

Now,the truth is that in order to make more money,I believe you have to face what’s really going on,you have to share truthful information,and you have to bring the conflicts to the surface and deal with them creatively and respectfully. You don’t have a choice. Your only other choice is not to be as effective or as profitable as you could be.

My private agenda was to suggest that in order to make money you have to serve other people – for me that’s the beauty of conscious capitalism. The essence of business is to serve the customer and give the customer more value than the cost of your product – or more value than what they have to pay to acquire your product or service. So the key is not so much what you are doing,but how you are doing it.

Fred Kofman

Source: Sounds True Interview with Fred Kofman: http://store.soundstrue.com/interview-kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on happiness and spirit

Every person who has tasted the bittersweet emptiness of fulfilling his petty desires, knows that there is a deeper thirst that transcends them, a happiness that cannot be achieved with any object. That is the true happiness, of which ordinary pleasure is but a pale reflection. That happiness requires transcending and including the small preoccupations of the ego in the ultimate ambition Spirit.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on business and purpose

…business doesn't have a purpose. it purposes a goal for those who accept to play by its rules. In business, a simple statement of the goal is "to make money today and in the future"–or more complicatedly, to maximize the value of the enterprise by maximizing the present value of its future cash flows. This is the point of the game. Each business organization (analogous to a sports team) tries to carry on operations such as invention, production, distribution, marketing and sales of goods and services at a (long-term) profit. There are some aspects of business that are like tennis; for instance, you compete against the producers of substitute products for market share. Some aspects are more like golf; for instance, you try to make the most (present-valued) money, regardless of who you are "playing" with. On the other hand, as opposed to tennis, golf or football, business is not a finite game. It doesn't have well defined spatial boundaries. The playing field of business is the world, (and potentially outer space); business is transacted anywhere and everywhere human beings live.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, and free market

The only way to enter the market is with helping hands. The voluntary exchange  of goods and services is a mechanism that rewards those who are ready to serve their fellow men. Contrary to all pseudo-spiritual, socialist and fascist arguments, the marketplace is a space of freedom where human beings can cooperate in a spirit of mutuality. Whoever enriches himself (legitimately) in the market is someone who offers goods and services that are appreciated by those who buy them.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on commerce, business, self-interest, and free market

Every act of commerce is an act of mutual service. Even though it can be motivated by self-interest, the market system channels that selfish energy towards helping others.

Fred Kofman

Source: Business-sattva: The Business Bodhisattva: http://www.axialent.com/eng/white_papers_details.asp?codigo=15

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on work, love, fear, fullness, and freedom

At some point in your life you might change. You might realize “Wait a minute! I’m not empty. I’m full. I am more than full. I am overflowing with fullness and freedom.” Then, you leave fear and you enter love. Now your life becomes a quest to express that fullness and that freedom. Now you are not looking to fill yourself up by achieving something. You are actually looking for ways in which you can express the fullness and freedom that you already are. You don’t work to make money, although money is part of the deal; you work to express your creative potential in the service of others. That’s when you do your best work.

Fred Kofman

Source: A Conversation with Fred Kofman: http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2003/2003_03_kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on love and consciousness

When you operate from love you can say that as a human being you want to be the fullest possible expression of consciousness. And you want to be in this world to invite other people to wake up to who they truly are, not because unless you do that you are nothing, but because you cannot stop it. It’s almost an irrepressible urge. It’s like breathing. Once you inspire and you taste air, you cannot hold your breath.

Fred Kofman

Source: A Conversation with Fred Kofman: http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2003/2003_03_kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on development, growth, fear, peace, acceptance, and existence

That’s why I tell you it’s not wrong to try to develop. I would not discourage anybody from trying to grow. The question is, why are you trying to grow? And if you think that unless you grow you are worthless, you are operating out of fear and you will never get out of the nightmare. Once you are at peace with yourself and you find the truth of who you are essentially, your quest for growth becomes simply the quest to express the most beautiful and radiant way the truth of existence.

Fred Kofman

Source: A Conversation with Fred Kofman: http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2003/2003_03_kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on business, consciousness, conscious capitalism, purpose, meaning, and service

The first question when you are doing anything in life is, “What’s the point?” That is a very spiritual question. What are you doing with your one and precious life? You’ve been given a gift of consciousness and wisdom and now you have this resource for a fairly limited time. What are you going to do with it?

In business you start from the same place. We ask, “What are you doing? What is the point of what you are doing? What are you trying to accomplish? Why is that important to you?” At the same time, to accomplish something in business, unless you want to be a criminal, you have to also value what would further the purpose of other people’s lives. That’s how you are going to get them to buy your product or service: by giving them something that they find valuable. The source of value is that it is congruent with their life’s purpose.

Becoming aware of what is meaningful to you and what is meaningful to those around you is the beginning of every successful enterprise. The moment you lose touch with that you are going to go down in flames. Maybe the words are too spiritual, but this is like basic Business 101. What’s your value proposition? Why would anybody want to buy your product or service?

Fred Kofman

Source: A Conversation with Fred Kofman: http://www.integralleadershipreview.com/archives/2003/2003_03_kofman.html

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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