"You're going to sell what? Empty Boxes?"
Back in 1978, Kip Tindell (Chairman & CEO of The Container Store) and his partners had the vision that people were eager to find solutions to save both space and time - and they were definitely onto something. A new category of the retailing industry was born - storage and organization. Today, with stores nationwide and with more than 5,000 loyal employees, the company couldn't be stronger. Over the years, The Container Store has been lauded for its commitment to its employees and focus on its original concept and inventory mix as the formula for its success. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth's sake. Rather, it is to adhere to the company's values-based business philosophies, which center on an employee-first culture, superior customer service and strict merchandising. The Container Store has been named on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For" list for 15 consecutive years. Even better, The Container Store has millions of loyal customers.
In Uncontainable, Tindell reveals his approach for building a business where everyone associated with it thrives through embodying the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. Tindell's seven Foundation Principles are the roadmap that drives everyone at The Container Store to achieve the goals of the company. Uncontainable shows how other businesses can adapt this approach toward what Tindell calls the most profitable, sustainable and fun way of doing business. Tindell is that rare CEO who fully embraces the "Golden Rule" of business - where all stakeholders - employees, customers, vendors, shareholder, the community - are successful through a harmonic balance of win-wins.
©2014 Kip Tindell (P)2014 Hachette Audio
there are some good parts of this book but there is also way too much rambling on. The author says in 10 pages what could have easily been said in one. He makes some good points but he makes them repetitively.
I love how The Container Store operates. This is a model for those of us who have businesses and want it to be about much more than making money. Capitalism has the potential to do great good or great evil. This book lays out a framework to show that business has the potential to create a wonderful world for all of us.
Its great that the CEO of The Container Store is reading the story in this audible. Hearing the business model and philosophy behind the magic of the corporation from the top guy makes the words touch the reader more.
The respect, communication, and love that this corporation gives to its employees is bar none! This is a company I would want to work for, but for now I will just continue to shop and love their products! Thanks for seeing, hearing and respecting your employees.
The content of this book has the capacity to change your organization. It was very well written and wonderfully narrated by its author.
I learned some great things for my company and have already started implementing them. However Kip only talks about how great everything is and everyone. It never really talks about any trials or issues he or the company ran into. Every vendor is perfect, every employee is perfect, every store opening is perfect.... You get the idea.
Overall good book.
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