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Paula Marshall's Blog

The musings of a female CEO, trying to change the way business is done.

In my book, Finding the Soul of Big Business, coming out this September, is a technical guideline to redefining your company, filling it with love and finding the personal fulfillment we all need to be successful.

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A year ago today, what I have to say about the business world would not have seemed relevant. The banks, mortgage companies, and car companies were chugging along, just as American Capitalism intended. As I was writing my first book, then Untitled, I wondered if it would resonate. If people would listen.

Then something catastrophic happened. Our system crumbled before our eyes and we had no backup plan. No way to rebuild in a way that would prevent our institutions from crumbling again. Since October 2008, hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, their homes and their faith in the capitalistic, greed-based system we have all come to know and love. I would not want anyone to think that I am glad that this happened, I am devastated. The economic impact has reached my business and my family as well. It is purely coincidental that I set out to debunk and rebuild the corporate management ladder, as it crumbled underneath itself.

For as long as we, the American worker, can remember we have been motivated in the workplace to achieve, to get promoted, and to get bonuses. Bonuses, our favorite form of motivation, have caused us to work late, and lose ourselves in piles of paper, calculations and projections. Up until a year ago, we were patting ourselves on the back, loving the system that rewards the hardworking, competitive, cut-throat employees with more responsibility and bigger bank accounts. 

All seemed well on the surface, but brewing below, in the heart and soul of the American worker, was apathy. A deadness that we all took to mean we were growing up, growing old, feeling less. We have been unable to express ourselves, find ourselves or become who we always wanted to be. But the message from the top was, churn on. Continue, push, move forward. As the bonuses grew, our souls diminished.

This greed-based system is a contributing factor to our financial demise. We cannot expect to rebuild a system based on these principals, and survive another collapse. Government regulation will not prevent American companies from floundering again. The solution is simple, obvious and what we’ve all been thirsting for. Love.

Nurturing peoples souls, their inner drive to love what they do and be engaged with those around them.  This will pull us out of the rubble, and in the end give us more reliable, happier and more fulfilled workers. In this blog, as in my life, I will attempt to give a roadmap to managers and company owners, to try to find a more soulful and meaningful way to do business. In my book, Finding the Soul of Big Business, coming out this September, is a technical guideline to redefining your company, filling it with love and finding the personal fulfillment we all need to be successful.

 

Until next time,

Paula

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