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Meet Blaine Bartlett of Avatar Resources in Marina del Rey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Blaine Bartlett.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Blaine. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I first learned how systems work growing up on our family farm as I observed nature and the holistic, synergistic ways seasons unfolded. At university, I studied international business and looked at how big conglomerates function, which exposed me to the nature of politics and power in large systems of business. I quickly observed that people aren’t as alive in organizations as they are in their lives outside of work, which I immediately understood was and is a huge problem. Outside of my academic studies, I got involved in the human potential field through est, Actualizations, and Lifespring’s large general public awareness programs, which taught how to be empowered and directed in one’s own life.

I soon realized that I could use personal awareness as the antidote to the toxicity I was seeing in business. I built my career consulting to large companies like AT&T, Starbucks, and Nokia as well as numerous small and mid-size organizations all around the world. My charter was bringing the human potential conversation to the corporate dialogue. I have seen the efficacy of this idea play out first hand and am passionate about initiating a global shift toward business and global wellness, starting by approaching and conducting business as a spiritual discipline. I say “spiritual discipline” as a recognition that everything is connected and as a consequence essentially everything in some way is touched by the activity of business. This inherent connection requires discipline on the part of the business leader to ensure that the activities of the business “first do no harm.” That’s obviously a challenge and I believe it’s one worth embracing. It’s one of the major reasons I wrote Compassionate Capitalism: A Journey to the Soul of Business. The book struck a chord as it became an international #1 best seller.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Smooth is not how I’d describe the journey…challenging but extremely rewarding would be a better descriptor. Learning to navigate different cultures as I moved and worked around the world, divorce, starting and growing the business, my wife’s death, running the business while taking care of her, business partnership challenges including dissolving a couple of business partnerships, struggling to make payroll. These aren’t unusual challenges but they were certainly personal and educational. And, the journey has been and continues to be wonderful. I wouldn’t trade it for anything!

Please tell us about Avatar Resources.
The primary focus of what we do is built upon a foundation that focuses on returning to or regaining the “soul” of your business. Carl Jung said that the soul is that part of anything that continuously insists on being more. I think of it as that esprit that gives what you do meaning and vitality and connects to everything your business touches. We call this Compassionate Capitalism. The core question in our work with our clients is “how to ensure that the workplace of today and tomorrow enables individuals, society and the planet the opportunity to thrive?” The answers to this question are rooted in compassion. How this question is answered makes a difference…and that difference is worth pursuing.

The mission of the company is to provide resources and services that foster Compassionate Capitalism. We define this as an economic model for ensuring that the workplace of today and tomorrow allows individuals, organizations, society and the planet the opportunity to thrive in a generative and sustainable manner. We believe that developing and leveraging this model is fundamental to our collective long term survivability. We further believe that business has a unique and primary responsibility in uplifting the quality of all life on the planet…literally taking responsibility for the whole.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
What I like best about LA is its vibrancy and the “can do” entrepreneurial spirit. It is one of the more creative environments to work from on the planet.

What I like least is the traffic.

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