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337 The Conscious Power Of Awareness In Business and Life; Bob Rosen

July 9, 2018

Bob Rosen is a trusted CEO adviser, organizational psychologist, and bestselling author. He has long been on a mission to transform the world of business, one leader at a time. Bob founded Healthy Companies International over twenty years ago with the singular goal of helping executives achieve their leadership potential. Bob and his colleagues started an in-depth study of leadership. Since then, he has personally interviewed more than 500 CEOs in forty-five countries in organizations as diverse as Ford, Citigroup, Pepsi, and Johnson & Johnson. He has become an adviser to many of these companies and coordinates the Healthy CEO Roundtable. Bob’s most recent book is called Conscious: The Power of Awareness in Business and Life.

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Most Influential Person

  • My husband, Jay.

Effect on Emotions

  • I think that everybody feels their emotions in a band and some people have a narrow band of emotions and some people have a medium band and some people have a very wide band, like a manic depressive would have a very wide band and some people are stoic and have a narrow band.
  • I'm in the middle. And so I feel life intensely; both the ups and the downs and so my mindfulness has enabled me to manage that so that my band isn't too wide and hijack me in the process.

Thoughts on Breathing

  • Oh, I have to remind myself all the time. I sort of laugh at myself when I'm in the shower or I'm walking and I notice that I'm not even breathing. I'm like holding my breath and so deep breathing is such a wonderful skill to develop in terms of getting more peaceful and mindful.

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Bullying Story

  • I'll give you a personal example and then a business example. A personal example is I'm a gay man and I, I've been with my husband now for 35 years, but I've been very sensitive to watch how society has changed on its consciousness about gay and lesbian people.
  • I also look at the 'Me Too' movement and women, and there were so many men who were abusing women and they weren't conscious of the fact that they were doing it.
  • The norms were such that they could get away with it and women for their part may or may not have been conscious of being abused or they didn't want to talk about it and they developed their own consciousness to speak out and to be comfortable with their own personal power in the world.
  • So those are examples where I think bullying has affected my life. In a real life example take ABC studios and Roseanne Barr. It's a great example. People knew Roseanne's track record and they knew her prejudices, but they wanted a hit series.
  • They hired her and one wonders whether if they were a little more conscious and aware of the potential impact, the inevitable impact of Roseanne discovering that she can speak out and say her mind in the most prejudicial way, you know, maybe they wouldn't have made that investment.