Our Big Idea

Developing people, equipping them with the capabilities they need to flourish, is not only key to business success; it is what will make the most positive difference in our world — it is the ultimate contribution an organization can make to society.

Capable People

The Essential Contribution of Modern Organizations

We believe when developing people is a conscious value and integrated practice in an organization, it drives individual growth + business success + social contribution. We envision a world in which the conscious practice of people development in the workplace is a recognized and incentivized form of social contribution.

Why is this a Big Idea?

Companies make an important contribution to society when developing their people’s full capabilities—which in turn, helps their people become better at being human and better at human relationships at work, at home, and in society. As the world looks to business to be a force for good, we believe leaders will increasingly see the opportunity and responsibility to consciously develop their people for success + for social contribution.

What research shows and what business knows is that the environment that is best for human learning and development is also best for optimal productivity, engagement, and growth.

It’s time to elevate the role of the modern workplace as a place for conscious human connection and development.

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Conscious, Capable, and Ready to Contribute

How Employee Development can become the Highest Form of Social Contribution


Elevating Humanity Through Business

Helping businesses develop more conscious leaders and conscious cultures is how we contribute to the mission of Conscious Capitalism.

We are leading the shift towards a more conscious, holistic, and integrated approach to developing people in the workplace; and we are helping organizations create the cultural conditions and sustainable practices that enable businesses to grow and people to flourish.

Conscious leaders developing capable people is the key to elevating humanity in the workplace.

We are proud to be a Founding Partner of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of Conscious Capitalism. Collectively we can elevate people development as a core purpose of 21st century organizations.

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Embrace the opportunity to grow your brand and reputation as a company that truly invests in helping employees grow their capabilities – even and especially during an employee off boarding experience. When viewed through the development lens, this is a valuable opportunity for employers to learn and improve organizational and people development practices, build brand ambassadors, and enable departing employees to reflect on gains in skills and capabilities.


Facilitate strategic conversations with senior leaders to explore and define ways conscious people development can be integrated into the culture and daily workflow to power your business, your people, and your employer brand. 


Incorporate learning and development objectives into retention activities to prepare employees for new roles and opportunities. This can be done through engagement and feedback surveys, recognition and rewards programs, promotion, succession planning, and more.

Social Contribution

“Build it so they will want to come, flourish, and stay, knowing that someday they may leave.

Thus, it is imperative to define what you want them to say about their growth experience with your organization and what you want the outside world to say about how you invest in and contribute capable people to society.”

-Ed Offterdinger & Catherine Allen
Conscious, Capable, and Ready to Contribute. (p. 173)

Integrated Capability Development and Performance Management

Integrate learning, growth, and capability development goals and activities into your performance management rather than relying on day-to-day responsibilities alone to create a more engaging, productive, and helpful process.


Adapt onboarding to set new hires up for success in a continuous learning environment through orientation activities that introduce the principles and practices that support everyday learning and development for each employee.


Integrate practices, principles, and tools to better evaluate a candidate’s orientation to continuous learning and development as a factor in their overall fit for a position. This provides:

  • Improved candidate interviewing, assessment and selection practices
  • Better candidate selections with learning and growth mindset
  • An early introduction to your company’s development culture focus


Embed messages about commitment to people development to attract your ideal candidates.