Peter has had tremendous success in private equity firms, venture capital funds; he has been a founder, an author of books and articles.
In 2003, Peter left all that behind and founded the Conscious Business Institute. CBI’s programs have been applied in well-known brands like Starbucks, BMW, Siemens, Intel, and many others.
In our conversation, we talked about:
—The practical steps entrepreneurs can do during the COVID crisis
—How your consciousness relates to your business operation
— Finding peace with a 30-second breathing exercise
— Eliminating mental chatters by choosing the right information sources
—Using strategic meetings to explore opportunities during COVID
—Showing up in the face of fear
—Shifting your mindset from fear to abundance
—Discerning signal you should listen vs. noise you should ignore
—More direct path to the success AND fulfillment in business
—How aikido fosters flow in life and business
Peter Matthies is a former Venture Capitalist and founder of the Conscious Business Institute (CBI).
Before founding the CBI, Peter was a Principal for Private Equity firm, Apax Partners & Co, and for b-business partners, a $ 1 billion pan-European VC fund.
The Conscious Business Institute provides a step-by-step system for building more inspiring, conscious organizations, including the Conscious Business Culture Assessment™ and the Conscious Business Culture & Leadership Programs™, which can scale to serve any number of users across the world. CBI’s programs have been applied in organizations from 1 to 100,000 employees, including Starbucks, BMW Group, Siemens, Alllianz, Intel, and others.
(He lives in Santa Barbara, California, and gets a kick out of Aikido, Capoeira, sailing, and a good dance with his wife.)
this is noble warrior here. So, I believe the world is a classroom for overcoming fear and, and we never overcome it because there's always going to be fear. We're all warriors here. We're all on the mat in the dojo training. Warriors, which is not to fight, but to be centered and to be emotionally capable to deal with those situations and make the most out of it.
fear and fantasy is the same thing. In both instances. We are not in our authentic power. We are operating out of power. We create stress, or we create a negative ripple effect for the world. But some people are also doing fantasy. They're saying, Oh, I'm just following my dream and I'm building this company. Everything will be great, and Oh, I'm going to be saved. It's the same delusion .
All our fear comes down to not enough. It's our scarcity monkey mindset that we've been educated with that we are, we are not enough. There's not enough money. There's not enough love, and ultimately exit. We took it on for ourselves. Whatever it might be. But that's just the mindset. So the most important mind shift we can do to get in power and to build successful businesses, quite frankly, it is to shift to a mindset of enough. If you build a business, you, you will feel in that business a pinch, something that doesn't work out well if you have that not enough mindset. So it's a good exercise to do. In any case, to check out how can I shift to this mindset of abundance.
You need to have a purpose. And like through the cracks of a rock, it finds its way into the world. So you can start being an engineer, which is much more mental and linear. But eventually you're violet, as I call it, kicks in and finds its well and finds its expression.
we've basically created as a is a curriculum or pathway that gets people in the professional world from where they are to a more inspiring way of working and doing business.
90% of the people really want to do something different. That's very sad because we all want to work with fulfillment. We all want to make a difference. We all want to show up and do something cool. We all want to connect with other people. And the workplace could be an amazing place to do that. So when we go into organizations and speak to people about these opportunities that it could be possible, and here's a pathway to do it. And talk about fulfillment. Talk about connection, talk about purpose. There is such a yearning in organizations to work in a better way.
Buckminster fuller says environmental is stronger than willpower, so if we need to have some allies, whether it's books or movies, or mentors or people that, that, that we can walk with that we can share the past with. If we don't have that, our environment has a tendency to pull us back.
When I started doing akido, because it's not about entering into a conflict or fighting it or nor withdrawing it, it's to flow with the conflict that I, it rippled over into my dreams that I was reacting differently to pressure. I mentioned earlier, we're really on the mat in our life here. Oftentimes I realized that you can actually flow with these things and have a lot of fun if you learn how to play akido. and you can totally flow with those guys, and not, not feel attacked and not feel reactive to them.
In the end, it all comes down to consciousness because our consciousness is what creates our reality. If I go into the world thinking that all my employees are slackers and I need to push them to get things done. That's how I will show up. This is how the culture of my organization will look like. If I have a different consciousness and think they're inherently able and capable to show up and do something cool, I would show up completely different than the culture that I would create would be totally different. So for everything in our life, it's simply a reflection of our consciousness. Every conflict that we have is a reflection of our consciousness. Everything that we create beautiful in our life as a reflection of where we are in our consciousness. So our success in life stops growing where we have stopped growing as individuals. And so for me, the entryway consciousness is really the entry way to examine that. And to expand our consciousness and then find that everything that we create, we'll, we'll expand through that as well.
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