When CLG was invited into Bridgewater, the culture of this wealth management firm was rife with drama and gossip.
“We were in a lot of drama,” says CEO Ron Rubin. “I just thought, well, this is how businesses work, and you have drama. I never knew there was a difference.”
Now after five years of practicing, Ron says that the biggest change for Bridgewater is that it got them out of drama. Not only have employee engagement levels reached new highs, their business has been wildly successful, growing 4 X during that time, which Ron attributes in large part to practicing conscious leadership. Other firms in their financial group are following Ron’s lead and beginning to integrate the 15 commitments into their cultures.
Meditation Daily firm-wide optional guided meditation practice.
Learning Partners Everyone has a partner to go to when they want to check in about something. Partners also hold one another accountable to the commitments.
Pre-Meeting Check-Ins At the beginning of every meeting, everyone checks-in to reveal where they are (unarguable body sensation, feelings, and thought).
Enneagram Everyone takes an enneagram assessment as part of onboarding. Results are posted to a shared list to support mutual insight and understanding into one another.
Coaching Bi-monthly firm-wide offsite conscious leadership sessions with a CLG coach. Employees have periodic one-on-one calls with a CLG coach.
Cultural Ambassador A team member’s role was expanded to include being a cultural ambassador to ensure that Bridgewater maintains and continues to grow a genuinely conscious culture.
Newsletter Writings The cultural ambassador writes articles related to conscious leadership.
New Employee Onboarding Every new employee goes through a conscious leadership orientation to acquaint them with the general concepts and to learn about the cultural resources available to them.