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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and practical template for change, 10 Oct 2013
In this, his latest book, Richard has succeeded in significantly extending the thinking from his previous works. He has built on the seven levels of consciousness model and his earlier organisational transformation tools. He begins by presenting highly convincing evidence of the power of values by comparing the performance of values-driven companies against the norm. He goes on to explore employee engagement with the twin principles of intellectual or mission alignment and emotional or values alignment. He demonstrates how employees at different levels of psychological development have different needs and how organisations that recognise this can create the highest levels of engagement. He talks of the current culture of an organisation being the result of the values of current leaders and the legacy of previous leaders. And he provides a practical approach to the personal alignment required for leaders to change and the structural alignment required for an organisation to adopt holistic culture change.
Thought provoking, inspirational, logical and immensely practical. A book that should be read by anyone hoping to be an effective 21st century leader.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Transcending performance and profit, 15 Sep 2013
Richard Barrett not only updated two previous books, but succeeded in writing a highly readable, compelling and practical new book about how to best lead organizations (and even nations if you take this wider). There's more aspects to his contribution to unleash human energy in organizations: most visible is the "cultural transformation toolc" (CTT) he developed, to map and measure culture. This simple and practical tool far exceeds the usual employee satisfaction monitors for example, as CTT not only measures the health, but it also points out where and clarifies why (dys)satisfaction and (non-)alignment in organizations arise. The tool described in his book also provides a clear and practical transformational agenda as a start for a journey to undertake whole system change. The other aspect here is the role of leadership: Barrett makes a clear case for leadership development to start with the leader him/herself, then with the team, prior to any actioning in the organization.
Barrett inspires the reader to leave belief-based thinking (esp. as based on fear)and to expand to values-based performance, thereby reducing separation and enhancing trust and connectedness.
Most compelling though is his consciousness model: individual leaders (in fact any person), teams and organizations are mapped in this 7-level model, thus clarifying from which perspective entities tend to operate from. Barrett shows us that any consciousness level not only has its own sets of values ánd beliefs, but also approaches, tools etc. For example: a performance-/process driven leadership team will need to shift its consciousness if it desires to transform the culture, otherwise it might use tools and approaches that work for productivity and efficiency, but are ineffective for changing culture or sparking more trust in the organization.
His model goes beyond "unleashing human potential for performance and profit", as the subtitle says. Although the language here will speak to performance managers, it denies the value of the model. As Raj Sisodia points out on the back-cover, using Barrett's insights could contribute significantly to Conscious Capitalism and alike initiatives. And this impact far outweighs increased organizational performance and profit, as it contributes to building a better world. And that is not just an interesting perspective, it is a highly necessary quality of current business and leadership of which both business and society will benefit.
The book therefore is highly recommended, not only for leaders (in both business and society) and for all working in the field of leadership and organizational change, but for all who are inspired by the evolving consciousness to create a sustainable economy ánd ecology.

Sander Mahieu, partner Synnova
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5.0 out of 5 stars Practical guidance and tools for leaders, consultants and coaches, 5 Sep 2013
This review is from: The Values-Driven Organization: Unleashing Human Potential for Performance and Profit (Kindle Edition)
Having followed his work over the last few years, what I really appreciate about Richard Barrett's writing, and in particular his latest book 'The Values-driven Organization', is that he integrates his own personal journey into his offerings - and also that of his company, the Barrett Values Centre. This alone gives me confidence that he really knows his subject - with authenticity, integrity and at a deep level. In this new book he creates a 'bridge' for organizational leaders, consultants and coaches between the mind and the soul, between the head and the heart. He focuses on providing clarity to those who seek to understand the evolution of personal and collective human consciousness - and draws on his many years experience of working with organizations to provide practical guidance and tools to enable leaders to take the necessary steps to unleash human performance within their own lives and then, acting as role models, within their organizations. As an organizational and leadership development coach, I know that I will be drawing on the wisdom in this book for many years to come.
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