Richard Barrett on CultureLab

Focusing on financial stability, customer satisfaction and employee engagement is necessary but not sufficient for an organisation to thrive. 

According to Richard Barrett, long term success requires what he refers to as “full-spectrum consciousness”. It calls for a strong focus on creating a culture based on a shared vision and values, making a difference to others and embracing a service mentality.

But full spectrum consciousness cannot be achieved without full-spectrum leaders. As Richard says: "In the end, it’s all about you and the level of consciousness that you operate from - because this will be reflected in the group of people that you are leading."

Want to find out if you are a full-spectrum leader? Then tune-in to this episode!

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On Richard's journey

Richard decided to pursue his current career relatively late in life. He was in his forties when, against the well-meaning advice of his friends, he left a comfortable position at the World Bank, giving up a 6-figure, tax-free pension to do something he had no qualifications in. He did that because he felt compelled to answer what he calls “his inner calling”.  

This seemingly risky move turned our amazingly well for him if we consider that he now lives what he calls a “soul consciousness” life. Not only that, but he is also widely considered to be a world-class expert on culture and values in business and society. 

What we talk about

In this interview, Richard and I talk about the stages of human development and what resources are available to help us move through the stages. Richard describes what full-spectrum consciousnesses is and why it’s important to cultivate it in organisations. 

We also discuss the, often underestimated, influence individual leaders can have on shaping a culture in an organisation, how to speed up the process of culture change and more!

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More about Richard

Richard Barrett is an author, speaker and internationally recognised thought leader on the evolution of human values in business and society. He is the founder and chairman of the Barrett Values Centre®, a Fellow of the World Business Academy and Former Values Coordinator at the World Bank. 

He is the creator of the internationally recognized Cultural Transformation Tools® (CTT) which have been used to support more than 6,000 organizations on their transformational journeys. To date, more than 5,000 change agents, consultants and coaches have been trained by the Barrett Values Centre to use the Cultural Transformation Tools in over 50 countries

Richard has been a visiting lecturer at the Consulting and Coaching for Change, Leadership Course at the University of Oxford and HEC in Paris. He has also been an Adjunct Professor at Royal Roads University, Institute for Values-based Leadership, and a visiting lecturer at the One Planet MBA at Exeter University. 

Richard Barrett is the author of many books, the most recent ones A New Psychology of Human Well-Being: An Exploration of the influence of Ego-Soul Dynamics on Mental and Physical Health (2016), The Metrics of Human Consciousness (2015),  Evolutionary Coaching: A Values-based Approach to Unleashing Human Potential (2014), The Values-Driven Organisation: Unleashing Human Potential for Performance and Profit (2013). 

You can find more information about Richard Barrett on: valuescentre.com/about/richard-barrett/

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