Lessons from Volkwagen

    There is a view shared by many business leaders and commentators that the way we are working in organisations today isn’t working. I believe the reason for this is that, in their endless pursuit of ever-higher levels of short-term profit, many business leaders have become disconnected from what is important to them, their personal […]

Andrew Isaac Thornton on ‘Ikigai’.

Ikigai – an inspiration from Japan:  I believe that one of the reasons that the business world is in turmoil and people are saying “the way we are working isn’t working anymore”, is that business leaders are disconnected from their values and their passions, in their ever more desperate scramble for short-term profits. The more […]

Thinking the unthinkable

Journalists and business outsiders Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon have started a crucial debate on the future of business through their excellent report, “Thinking the unthinkable, a New Imperative for the Digital Age”. The aim of the report is to highlight the current ‘broken’ approach of businesses and to challenge businesses to view life differently. […]

Heart and Servant Leadership

I have the honour of speaking at the Servant Leadership conference in London next week. For me, Heart in Business and Servant Leadership come from the same source. The Servant Leadership principle is simple – that as leaders, we need to serve – serve the people who work for us, serve our communities, serve the […]

Andrew Thornton compares heartfulness and a Nobelman

At the Nobleman workshop, fourteen men got the chance to understand how their childhood experiences influence so much of how they behave today. And with that, as men, they got a much greater understanding of the feminine and how different women are to us men. What I experienced was an extraordinary transformation as each participant […]

Andrew Thornton on Compassion in Business

I was very fortunate to be invited to speak at the first working Conference on Compassion last week – for be in a work context, being heartful and compassionate are very similar. I was on the business panel and spent 24 hours in discussion with people from all walks of life on compassion. Whether these […]

Andrew Thornton brings heartfulness to The Grocer magazine

For those of you who have ever worked in the food industry (as I have all my working life) you’ll know The Grocer, which for over 150 years has been our industry’s ‘bible’. Cleverly it arrives in the post (yes the post!) every Saturday morning to be read over your Cornflakes. It was a great […]

Heart Resuscitation at Thornton’s Budgens

Heart in Business Limited has grown out of Thornton’s Budgens, which I have been running heartfully since it was created in 2006. And it is based on the approaches that each of the founders have used to transform companies. We have turned all those experiences into a 9-step process (heartinbusiness.org). We have named step 2, […]

What is blocking Heartful Business? – Andrew Thornton

  I was at the Trust and Reputation Conference in London last week and posed this question to a panel of senior business leaders:  “Given there are numerous studies that prove that focusing on people and the environment (being heartful in our language) is more profitable in the long term, how come so few businesses […]

Andrew Thornton on The Power of Community

  One of the three planks of the Heart in Business Limited approach is taking care of your community – along with taking care of your people and our planet. At Thornton’s Budgens, we call ourselves, “The Community Supermarket that really Cares” and we feel we can do that as over our nine year history, […]