Category Archive: Evolve

  1. What is Babacita?

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    Babacita is a heart-centric consulting organization that assists companies and individuals in discovering their core brand or values.

    Babacita heart, brand and values discovery

    Once this discovery is complete, the next step is to integrate these values throughout an organization or individual’s life to support who they are and what they stand for – their core brand or values.  Utilizing a variety of techniques and drawing on a vast foundation of experience, Babacita strives to help you or your organization reach their true potential.


    Evolve . Connect . Inspire

  2. Freedom at Work, Fear and the Power Question

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    Last week I was part of WorldBlu LIVE.WorldBluLIVE

    WorldBlu LIVE 2013 is the world’s premier gathering on freedom in the workplace. It is designed for individuals and organizations who recognize the power of freedom and democracy as a leading tool for boosting the bottom-line, promoting innovation, attracting top talent and inspiring full engagement.

    More than just a conference, WorldBlu LIVE is an experience that combines a showcase for democratic innovation, a platform for rule-breakers, and an audience of revolutionaries. This is all wrapped in a unique, stylized environment that will leave you inspired, full of fresh ideas, and connected with a world-class community of leaders.

    A lot of which I heard aligned precisely with my current process and thinking, but I also heard some amazing stories about what companies are doing to promote Freedom at Work. Yes, this is touchy/feely stuff… BUT the results are remarkable all the way around from the human capital aspect to productivity and innovation right to the bottom line.

    The 10 Principles of Workplace Democracy

    1. Purpose and Vision
    2. Transparency
    3. Dialogue & Listening
    4. Fairness & Dignity
    5. Accountability
    6. Individual & Collective
    7. Choice
    8. Integrity
    9. Decentralization
    10. Reflection & Evaluation

    Fear vs. freedom

    One big thing that really hit me last week was fear vs. freedom. Fear is everywhere and has several levels, especially in a work environment. And though you may not even realize it, fear does play a major factor in moral, productivity, creativity and the bottom line. Within a command and control, fear-based organization, personnel experience diminished self-confidence, esteem, value and worth. Basically smothering their spirit. Fear is an emotional response and I took the couple following notes that I felt important:

    • Clear your mind and use logic
    • Accept fear and walk through it
    • Fear doesn’t equal failure
    • Use fear as energy and fuel
    • Have you made the horrifying concession… spending your work life unfulfilled?

    The first step is to become aware of the fear. Once you realize it, it then becomes a choice. We all have a choice.

    One big question, that Traci Fenton, WorldBlu Founder and CEO, labeled The Power Question – What would you do if you weren’t afraid? Think about that in all aspects of your life. For decision making. Powerful, yes?

    A few years ago I really began a new transformation, which started off as a re-brand of my consulting firm, Babacita, but it ended up a re-discovery of me. Through this discover I found that my values boil down to these 4 things:

    • Service – a sense of doing more for humanity and human rights
    • Compassion – a true sense of giving and helping others
    • Organize – Forethought and planning, systematic, efficient
    • Accomplish – Driven and motivated to accomplishment and providing value

    Since then there have been so many changes in my life – all to support these values and the mission of Babacita (and me)… Evolve, Connect and Inspire. I came out of the gate on fire. A new energy and passion with what felt right for the first time in my career. I began writing and living with a heart-centered approach (here’s an example – Incorporating A Heart-Centered Approach to Business). Consciously aware of everything that feeds or deposits me and what I’m about and everything that withdrawals and is negative. But there was one thing that was still holding me back from truly reliving my dream of self-employment. Fear.  The very same fear I mentioned earlier. Would I really be able to put a roof over my head and feed my children? I have no doubt in my skills and the ability to succeed, but it was the fear held me back. And the answer to The Power Question for me is to absolutely leap. But to do it methodically and systematically, and yes, my plans are in motion.

    Some other just random notes that I took away from WorldBlu LIVE in no particular order that are some good things to think about (please ignore my html formatting issues):

    • Attributes of Tribal Leadership
      • Identity and belonging
      • Learning and teaching
      • Customs
      • Culture
      • Ceremony
      • Folklore (have burial parties to flush out unhelpful stories)
      • Warriors
    • Freedom – create conditions for people to realize their full potential
    • Create the opportunity to live and express true worth, providing a full range of creativity and innovation – empower people in a meaningful way
    • Value of Self
      • You are valuable
      • You have worth
      • You have ideas
    • Values
      • How do you support them?
      • What did you do today that supported your values?

    A freedom-centered leadership through values and culture, is what I live and breathe and is what I’m helping others do as well.

    Babacita draws out the best in individuals and organizations by focusing energy in three ways – evolve, connect and inspire. I then provision my clients with freedom-centered principles, education and communication programs so they reach their true potential by living authentically to their values, while delivering superior results.

    Let me know if you’d like to learn more of how I can help personally or organizationally evolve, connect and inspire.

    Let’s play!


  3. Chaos to Clarity, Journey to One’s Authentic Self

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    When we grow, truly grow, it can feel like sheer chaos. But with belief in one’s Self, chaos transforms into clarity. Every time. chaos to clairty

    Through this evolution of mine I keep coming back to the same question. Is being authentically you, not the greatest gift you can give yourself, those around you and the whole of us? Part of the problem is really getting to that authentic Self. We are marred by “should.” What we “should” do. How we “should” act. These are imposed by our parents, relationships, environment and society, and after years and years those become the reality of us. Then, in essence, you lose your Self.

    That’s the journey I’ve been on over the past 2 years or so. Beginning with evaluating and reinventing Babacita, my consulting business. But in reality it didn’t take me long to realize that I was evaluating my Self. Discovering my Self. Looking through all the “should” influence, eliminating the haze and clouds and really discovering me. Who was I? What makes me tick? How do I make this world better? Getting back to my authentic Self. Evolve, connect and inspire. Those three little words is John in the most general terms.

    And through this journey, which is far from over, there has been much reflection and pain, but also such brilliance. A rebirth of me. Getting back to my childlike innocence and Self that had been lost, but also now with new life experiences that only add to the beauty.

    It’s an amazing feeling. My authentic Self is alive and thriving like never before. Stay tuned. This is just the beginning.

  4. A Time of Transition

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    I apologize that it’s been a long while since I’ve been here. Mayan CalendarBut as the title suggests, it’s been a time of major transition for me personally while I continue my journey. Perhaps this is all leading up to December 21, 2012 where the Mayan calendar suggests a transition of worlds. One world ending and another beginning. A new world of consciousness, harmony and balance. This would definitely fall in line with my past (almost) two years of rediscovering my authentic Self and really putting into perspective what it means to live a heart-centered life. And though this journey hasn’t been even close to easy, I’d like to thank everyone who has had a role of encouragement, support and love. There are too many to list, but you know who you are. But specifically, I’d like to mention two people specifically that have made a huge impact on me as well as a direct alignment of my own personal and professional direction. Craig Gray of Ronin Empowerment Group and Traci Fenton of WorldBlu.

    I won’t go into specifics now, but both with Craig, Traci and their organizations, Babacita has some exciting plans in the works for 2013. I feel like I’m slowly coming out of my hole with a new fire and passion for change. As my tagline suggests – Evolve, Connect, Inspire – that is my direction and who I am.

    Have a safe and happy holiday season,


  5. Ethics and the Ethical Warrior

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    Ethics are a funny thing. Defined as 1) moral principles that govern a person’s behavior or the conducting of an activity; and 2) the branch of knowledge that deals with moral principles.

    Huh? Still not sure what that means. A couple weekends ago I got the privilege to attend a workshop by Ronin Empowerment Group that featured Jack Hoban of Resolution Group International (RGI) on the subject of the Ethical Warrior. Jack served as a US Marine Corps officer and is a long time practitioner of martial arts. He assisted in the creation of the Marine Corps Martial Arts Program and remains a subject matter expert for the program. He has led more than 500 workshops and seminars around the world addressing universities, government and private organizations on ethics and martial arts, including the FBI and the NYPD.

    A good reminder for all of us and Jack’s definitions definitely outline a clear understanding of the hierarchy of values.

    Values – “Things that have an intrinsic worth in usefulness or importance to the possessor,” or “principles, standards, or qualities considered worthwhile or desirable.”

    • Relative values – Values shared by some people, some of the time (sporting team fans).
    • Life value – Shared by everyone – life (the first inalienable right).
    • Moral values – Moral values are relative values that support life and respect the Dual Life Value of self and (all) others. (honor, courage, commitment, love, integrity, justice, charity, truth, freedom, dependability, knowledge, unselfishness, loyalty)

    To be moral, the relative value must respect the Life value of self and (all) others. The Life value of self and others is the “true north” of the moral compass. We can orient ourselves using the Life value during times of moral confusion.

    Most people already have a sense of morality, but sometimes morals can be obscured or trumped by our emotions and/or strong relative values. Rather than “taught,” morality can be clarified then “activated” through: lessons in context, values stores, shared adversity and leadership.

    Ethics are moral values in action.

    A person who knows the difference between right and wrong – and chooses the right – is moral. A person whose morality is reflected in their willingness to do the right thing – even if it is hard or dangerous – is ethical.

    Think of the bully on the playground. Where does your compass point you?

    Each one of us are faced with moral and ethical dilemmas each and every day, ranging in scale, but nonetheless important. Keep in mind that ethics are moral values in action, which always support the universal life value.

    To learn more about values, morals and ethics, pick up a copy of Jack’s book, The Ethical Warrior. It’s a great read and an model for all of us to Evolve, Connect and Inspire.

    Where does your compass point?

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