Friday, August 28, 2015

Conscious King Interviewed on EmeraldPlanet TV (Video)


 
On August 23, 2015 I had the honor to be interviewed by Dr. Samuel Lee Hancock, President & Executive Director and the Host of EmeraldPlanet TV. This program was simulcast to 2,095 stations across the United States, shared by satellite, the Internet, and C-SPAN TV in all 214 countries and territories around the globe.
 

During the show, I discussed four principles of Conscious Capitalism, the DC Chapter of Conscious Capitalism (CCDC) and the Conscious Business Nexus. Joining me on the program were some of our CCDC members. Here is the line-up of the program:

Conscious Capitalism…Springboard for Expanding the Economy with Careful Environment Consideration in a Socially Responsible Manner [08/23/2015]

Guests:

  • Segment ‘1’: Christopher King, Co-Founder and President, Conscious Capitalism® DC Chapter and Business Director, Conscious Business Nexus, (In-Studio)*;
  • Segment ‘2’: Nadine Bailey‐Joyner, President, Personal Chef, and Nutrition Maintenance Champion, Nutrition Synergies, LLC and Vice President, Conscious Capitalism® DC Chapter, (In-Studio) and ​Christopher Bradshaw, Founder and Executive Director, Dreaming Out Loud, Inc., (By Telephone)*;
  • Segment ‘3’: Nancy Gusman, Esq., Principal and Real Estate Attorney, Brick House Title, LLC, (In-Studio); and
  • Segment ‘4’: Rich Rudy, Founder, Manor Ventures, LLC, (By Telephone)*;with Special Guest Christopher King, Co-Founder and President, Conscious Capitalism® DC Chapter and Business Director, Conscious Business Nexus*.

The DC Chapter of Conscious Capitalism is all about making a positive-measurable difference in the lives of others through the 4 core principles of Conscious Capitalism®. If you’re interested in joining us, please call or send us a message!
Please visit our website here.
Phone: 202-830-6189
​Email: info@consciouscapitalismdc.com
Address: 1734 Elton Road, Suite 210, Silver Spring, MD 20903

For more information on EmeraldPlanet visit their website at here. They are located at2200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20037 USA. Tel: 202-718-2762

With Intent!
King

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Asking for and Receiving Support




No one lives long enough to learn everything they need to learn starting from scratch. To be successful, we absolutely, positively have to find people who have already paid the price to learn the things that we need to learn to achieve our goals.
~ Brian Tracy
It may sound counter-intuitive, but asking for support is a leadership act. It is a recognition of the fact that we simply cannot do it alone. And life is too short for us to take the lone warrior approach.

One of the lessons I’ve learned is to get support. Get it early and get it often. Recognize that you have strengths and areas where you do not have strengths. Surround yourself with others who compliment you. Seek out those who have strengths you do not have instead of trying to spend forever working on your weaknesses.

One of the best gifts you can give yourself is the gift of a wise mentor or coach. This should be a person you respect, maybe even look up to in some way. They should be a person who recognizes your gifts and can help you unleash them to create something great in the world.

With Intent!
King

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Connecting With Trust


Trust is the glue of life. It's the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It's the foundational principle that holds all relationships.
~ Stephen Covey
In a very real way, business is about relationships. And relationships that are built upon trust are the only path to success in life and in business. The feeling of being in a trusted relationship is maybe one of the greatest things we can create for ourselves and others.

But how is trust established and maintained over time? I love the trust distinctions from Dr. Fernando Flores. These are the four elements of trust I use in all my relationships:

  1. Sincerity: Am I being myself or trying to be someone else? Do I seek to express my true self to others?
  2. Competence: Am I competent in my given field? Do I really have the stuff needed in the moment?
  3. Reliability: Can others count on me? Do I show up? Do I deliver?
  4. Involvement: Do I engage with others? Am I present or lost in thought?
As you connect with others, use what I call connecting with intent. Practice the four elements of trust and intend to create trusting relationships all around you. This is what eventually leads to connected networks that can move the world.

With Intent!
King

Monday, August 24, 2015

How to Think Like a PM



We all have projects in our life. If you are starting a new business, that is a project. Anything with a beginning, a middle and an end is a project. Usually, as one project ends, a new one pops up for us to work on. 

The reason why many people don’t succeed to a greater extent than they do, is they do not know how to think like a Project Manager (PM). Here are a few things you can begin doing right away (it is the way the best PMs on the planet think):

Friday, August 21, 2015

Keeping First Things First



Effective leadership is putting first things first. Effective management is discipline, carrying it out.
~ Stephen Covey
Keep the big things, the “first things” front and center. To actually work on them each day requires discipline (checkout the post about discipline by our friends at Rejuvenation for Leaders here). A daily, almost minute by minute focus on what’s most important to you is required.

If you tell me about your project, about the business you intend to start one day, the first thing I will do is look at your calendar. If there are no huge blocks of time scheduled for your first things, I would question just how important they really are to you. Stephen Covey said, “The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule, but to schedule your priorities.” Let’s open up the calendar and start scheduling!

With Intent!
King

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Community Investment Program



Surplus wealth is a sacred trust which its possessor is bound to administer in his lifetime for the good of the community.
~ Andrew Carnegie
What if the current economic situation could be resolved with the support of the community? What if, to get community support, there needed to be more investment in the community? I’ve thought for years that, besides conscious businesses, the best use of community investment is supporting community based non-profit organizations. That is, organizations whose mission is to improve the quality of life for residents. 

By investing money, resources, and time into community based non-profit organizations, we stand to gain the best return on investment. By supporting the community stakeholders that understand the needs of the community things will improve.

Ironically, the community based non-profit organizations often lack the resources needed to implement the programs and services that will have the most significant impact. What I seek to do is to better understand the challenges that community based non-profit organizations face and develop a Community Investment Program (CIP). This CIP would provide the funds and resources to community based non-profit organizations whose mission is to provide education in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship, business development, neighborhood connectedness, youth programs, elderly assistance, homeless services, job training, and employment services.

These are things I care about deeply. I will share more about the CIP in future posts. In the meantime, think about how a CIP could benefit the community where you live. Join in this discussion as we move forward. 

With Intent!
King

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Getting the Front End Right



If you want to have good ideas, you must have many ideas. Most of them will be wrong, and what you have to learn is which ones to throw away.
~ Linus Pauling

Are you working on a new business idea? One that will serve a higher purpose above and beyond making money? As you create your business, you will be generating a lot of ideas and throwing away a lot of ideas. This is part of the process. Discard as much as you can on the front end, before you even launch your business.

For example, put a lot of thought into your business model right up front. Making decisions about your business model at the start cost you almost nothing. You can test ideas and see what results you get. Then feed those results back into the planning process. This is the time to adjust your business model to get it as close to great as you can.

The front in is also a good time to hire an experienced business coach to help you work through the planning process. A good coach can spot things you might miss and help you shape the best ideas into a company that will be great from the start!

What is your business idea?  Who is on your team that can assist you early on in the process?

With Intent! 

King

Monday, August 17, 2015

Promoting the Socially Conscious Business



One of the things I’m passionate about is socially conscious businesses. This manifests in a number of ways to include my own businesses and my role as a Co-founder and President of the DC Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. 

When I’m considering a business to support or invest in, the first thing I want to see is their Higher Purpose. In other words, what greater good are they providing to society above and beyond making money? Closely related to this, I want to know how committed the company is to creating measurable value for all of their stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, the community, the environment, etc.).

If these two things are present, there is a higher than average probability that the business will not only prosper financially but will also have a positive impact in the world. This is what gets me out of bed in the morning and it is why I work tirelessly to promote socially conscious businesses.

If you are thinking of starting such a company, let’s talk. We can assist you in building a connected-engaged community to support your growth and business success.
 

With Intent!
King

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Mastering Persistence



Success is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty, and persistence.
~ Colin Powell
Master the ability to persist and take risks. Don't wait for circumstances to be perfect (they never are perfect). It is easy to find reasons to give up midstream. Stick it out until the end. Even if your goal is not achieved, you win the prize of a job well done. Of the satisfaction that comes from trying. Reflect upon the times when you have persisted and notice how it has paid off a hundredfold.

How aware are you of situations as they unfold? Do you notice when you are about to give up or avoiding taking a risk?

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

TRANSFORMING AMERICAN BUSINESS

Hello, I'm Piranha King, also known as King to my friends (and I consider the readers of my blog friends).  I'm all about transforming American Business.  I believe we can go from good to great.  I can see businesses beginning to take care of ALL of their stakeholders in a way that lifts up everyone.  I call that conscious business and it’s a movement that is changing the way business works across all major sectors: Consumer, Energy, Financial, Health Care, Industrial, IT, Telecomm, and Utilities.

If you resonate with this message, follow this blog by email and Join the Piranha Movement.

The Piranha Tank brings inventors and entrepreneurs to hungry investors with ready capital. Does your idea support the triple bottom line (profit, planet, and people)? Get found and get funded! Become a member of the Potomac Piranhas to get involved. 

I look forward to connecting with you soon!

With Intent
King