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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2013 Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation. Recorded by arrangement with Harvard Business Review Press. (P)2014 HighBridge Company

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Reaches the core of how a business should be run.

Would you listen to Conscious Capitalism again? Why?

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.

What other book might you compare Conscious Capitalism to and why?

Uncontained, Start with Why, Leaders eat last, Delivering Happiness

Would you be willing to try another one of Grover Gardner’s performances?

No. I don't like the man's voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the part where they had the flood and how the community reacted.

Any additional comments?

I hope everyone runs their business this way in the coming years. I know I will.

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Amongst top leadership and management books!

If you could sum up Conscious Capitalism in three words, what would they be?

Great conceptual approach to balanced management.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

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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.

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Provides a language and framework awesome workplac

This book provides a common language, framework, and examples to express the ideas that some of us intuitively understand but find difficult to explain to others. This will set your company on a successful path while fulfilling the purpose of all companies which is to create a fulfilling work environment for the people who invest a large part of their lives there. The things that are intrinsically motivating for people are the same things that make the organizations that those people work in successful. There is no tension between what is optimal for companies and optimal for people. We have evloved as a species to function optimally when certain conditions are met in out work environment.

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Longest Ad I have ever listened to.

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Although they had some good ideas, I felt the book was more of an ad for the founders of Whole Foods and a "look at us, we are so good to the community" kind of essay. Sorry not a fan.

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A must read

If you are in business, you must read this book. I have always said that Crony Capitalism has nothing at all to do with Capitalism. I couldn’t find the words to describe what I meant by that. This book puts those feelings into precise context.

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great book and a must read!

a great book and a must read for ecery business person. very recommendable, easy to read (listen) to.

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This book is boring and un original. The worst part is the performance. Grover Gardner ruins anything that may have been interesting. It is a very strange choice.

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Highly recommend that everyone find time to read or listen to Conscious Capitalism!

Although Mackey/Sisodia/George's Conscious Capitalism has been available for some time now, I've only recently found time to listen to the Audible version.

I'm glad that I did. The authors present a case for rejecting the corporate Capitalism that is destroying the gift that Adam Smith and our founding fathers provided to us, and for rejecting the unhealthy government interventionism that is equally cancerous. Conscious Capitalism provides an optimistic path for the United States (and the world, for that matter) to follow. If only our children were introduced to this book and its teachings in primary and secondary education! It is up to the readers and listeners of this book to forward the message along to our friends and family. Thanks, John, Raj, and George for your contribution of ideas!

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Conscious Capitalism..a perfect, must read!!!

Conscious Capitalism..a perfect, must read!! I would recommend this book as it provides a guide to a new and profound approach to running a successful and conscience company!

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An excellent glance at Whole foods business model

The book reveals and describe a future view on capitalism. As the title reveals conscious capitalism should be the key point of major companies focused on sustained longterm business model. Very similar to Yvon Chouinard’s private company Patagonia and his books “Let my people go surfing” Whole foods CEO John Mackey delivers an excellent view of the company philosophy and business thinking. Without exaggerating the book easily could be called a “classic”.