Nick Jankel is the co-founder of Swith On, a company that works on the development of people, leaders and organizations. His mission is to unlock the power of transformation in people and let this ripple through in their lives. His advice? Discover as much of your true nature as you can before building families and businesses.
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Can you explain what your company Switch On does?
Switch On is a company that works in organizational development, leadership development, and personal development. It is our mission to unlock the power of transformation in enterprises, families, and individual lives. Underlying everything we do is The Switch On Way. It blends the latest science of human development with timeless wisdom from the great traditions, along with concrete tools and practices inspired by years of experience in entrepreneurship, coaching, and growth hacking.
Why do you think change in organizations is so important? And what do you think is the most important thing that has to change?
The "Triple Threat" of the digital, disrupted, and damaged world is demanding that every organization must be able to constantly transform. This means that the human beings within those organizations, whether senior managers in the hierarchy or distributed leaders across the organization, must be able to constantly let go of old patterns. They have to develop new ways of feeling, thinking, and doing to seize the manifold opportunities and manage the very real existential threats to life and business, as we know it. This means rapid and radical human development must be at the very centre of an organization's future operating model.
What has brought on the most powerful change in you?
30 years attempting to study and engage in a wide range of human development techniques and theories,
20 years attempting to do visionary and purposeful entrepreneurship at the cutting-edge of various industries,
16 years attempting to integrate various experiences of enlightenment,
14 years attempting to be a conscious boyfriend/partner/husband,
10 years attempting to be a conscious parent.
What would your advice be to a company that wants to introduce conscious leadership in the workplace?
1) Understand and define your theory of change. Why do you think conscious leadership is going to support your company deliver on both purpose and profit?
2) Listen to your people and culture as a whole to identify where the accelerators and blockers are to genuine conscious leadership. Where is unconscious leadership occurring? Why and how? What intrinsic and extrinsic motivations are driving leadership cultures (emotional states, mindsets and behaviors) whether explicitly or implicitly? Where do processes enable or crush conscious decision-making and strategy planning?
3) Using these insights, design a program that balances short-term results (to get momentum and activation) with long-term transformations of people and culture
4) Ensure that your program is not just a leadership program. To get transformational results, processes, procedures, and policies will need to change.
5) Be prepared to invest appropriate resources, time, and social capital to support your people make the greatest journey of their lives. It will rewire their biologies to be more awake, more responsive and purposeful; and to support your organization shifts its culture within a modern environment that has actively diminished conscious leadership for hundreds of years.
What are your personal stress management practices?
– What I call "Transformational Meditation",
– Proper mindfulness practices,
– Ecstatic experiences,
– Engaged parenting,
How do you define success?
Career/entrepreneurial success: harmonizing the delivery of genuine purpose (what I call love-in-action) with a sustainable business model (profitable, stable(ish) livelihood, emotional wellbeing etc.).
Which professional failure has been the most transformative for you?
All of them. I make professional failures every day and every week and some of the "smallest" through a conventional lens can open up huge transformations in my inner and outer world.
Which advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Discover and integrate your true nature as much as possible before you start building companies and families. This involves much surrender, healing, and humility (as well as hubris).
What is your favourite podcast?
Which book would you recommend and why?
Excusing the hubris, I'd recommend my latest book Spiritual Atheist because it gives the reader a crash-course in western and eastern philosophies and the history of modernity (including capitalism, consumerism, technology and science) and how we can reshape the modern world through re-enchanting our cosmologies and societies with heartfelt wisdom. I wish I had been able to read such a book in my 20s or 30s. It would have saved me 20 or 30 years of thinking.
is the beginning of all wisdom.
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