In this New York Times and Wall Street Journal best seller, Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of both business and capitalism. Featuring some of today's best-known and most-successful companies, they illustrate how these two forces can - and do - work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders, including customers, employees, suppliers, investors, society, and the environment.
Conscious Capitalism helps us better understand how companies such as Southwest Airlines, Costco, UPS, Panera, Patagonia, Google, The Container Store, and many others, use four specific tenets - higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management - to build strong businesses, advance capitalism toward its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.
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Great conceptual approach to balanced management.
Although my initial motivation to listen to this book was to learn more about Whole Foods and about John Mackey from investment standpoint in the company's stock, this book could be closely compared to "Good to Great", in fact John Mackey references it at some point, particularly the time aspect and how long it takes to build a conscious company. Similar to many other books including "Good to Great", it is hard to ignore the fact that the theories presented are not bulletproof and still subject to many other economic, regulatory and industry headwinds, the book, nevertheless portrays a very well structured approach to balanced management. Although based on Whole Foods example, it doesn't overly fixate on Whole Foods rather uses Whole Foods as an example to support the conceptual theories that should be considered as a part of balanced management approach by leaders in general. The book addresses important key elements of culture, employee relations, transparency, strategic initiatives and more. Certainly one of the best Leadership and Management books I've come across as well as an easy read.
The only reason I would hesitate to listen to this again would be the narrator. I just don't like his voice but there's nothing that can be done about that so, yes, I would have to listen to it again as there are so many valuable lessons here. You have to feel what it means to have a conscious business. It can't be faked.
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No. I don't like the man's voice.
Yes, the part where they had the flood and how the community reacted.
I hope everyone runs their business this way in the coming years. I know I will.
The narration felt monotonous and I found myself having a hard time staying focused at times. The story, while centered on Whole Foods, was supportive of the theme. Initially, I was skeptical of the premise, but warmed up as I listened and found that there were a number of core principles that are very much in alignment with my beliefs.
I was very excited to learn that running a company that is good for all its stakeholders, employees shareholders, suppliers, the environment, the community, etc. is also correlated better stock market performance. I am excited to start running my business this way!
I learned alot about conciuos businesses and I can now choose where to spend my money based on their practises of treating their employees and customers with absolute care and respect. I already loved whole foods market, but I have a much better understanding of why they matter to me and why they matter to the world!!
"Very good and inspiring story mostly about Whole Foods conscious philosophy on doing business in a sustainable and engaging way"
A very good story
Compelling, enthusiastic and engaging story about whole foods supermarkets and the way their main beliefs and values developed over time impacting customers, suppliers, communities, competitors, government by leading with exemplary and positive, constructive behaviors
I recommend this book for people in leadership positions concerned beyond sustainable and responsible business practices
I found this audio book very inspirational and motivational . I am a conscious entrepreneur in the business of health and finance and this book definitely addressed some key morals and values I plan to never forget . It's nice to know there are other like minded individuals, businesses and corporations out there just like myself.
Conscious Capitalism is a concept that is about doing business in an ethical and moral way. Every company should be conscious of how they effect the environment around it.
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