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Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Januar 2014

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“It's as much about management as about philosophy.” — Drake Baer, Business Insider

Praise for the hardcover edition of Conscious Capitalism, a New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller:

“Full of thoughtful insights.” — Financial Times

“Buy it. Read it. Implement it. It’s a true guide to the future.” — Forbes.com

“I highly recommend listening to what they have to say.” — Howard Schultz, chairman, president, and CEO, Starbucks

“This is the book I always wanted to write.” — Bill George, bestselling author, True North

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

John Mackey is co-CEO and cofounder of Whole Foods Market and cofounder of the nonprofit Conscious Capitalism, Inc. He has devoted his life to selling natural and organic foods and to building a better business model. Dr. Rajendra (Raj) Sisodia is cofounder and trustee of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and professor of marketing at Bentley University. He has authored seven books, including Firms of Endearment.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen This book should be required reading in all business schools. 28. Februar 2013
Von GKD - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verifizierter Kauf
I found this book to be enormously inspiring. When I finished it, I felt as though I'd had an evangelical experience. It makes you wonder why business hasn't always been conducted in this way. I guess the answer is, because we didn't know any better. We had to evolve to this point, just as we've stopped pouring industrial waste into our rivers and no longer x-ray our feet at the shoe store.

I'm no tree-hugger. I'm not even that much of an environmentalist, but I do recognize a good idea when I read about it. We have a responsibility to our planet and to each other to make this world the best it can be. John Mackey may have amalgamated the ideas of a lot of other people, and he may even have co-opted the term "conscious capitalism" from Muhammad Yunus (I did my homework), but he deserves an enormous amount of credit for what he did do, i.e. put these ideas into practice and then bring them to public consciousness by writing his book.

I didn't know much about Mackey before reading the book, only what was in the news a few years ago about his postings on the Yahoo! message boards. At the time I thought his behavior reprehensible, but given that no charges were filed and that the buyout of Wild Oats was allowed to proceed (and now reflecting on his account of the events), I am inclined to believe that the "news" we were given was incomplete and more than a little tainted by the usual media spin.

In summary, I am completely taken with Mackey's ideas as expressed in his book and can only hope that the world takes notice. I must confess that as I read it I did have a sudden urge to break into a chorus of "Kum Ba Yah" from time to time. It can come across as a bit treacly. But it is a hopeful paradigm for the future of business.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Profit Is Not evil 18. Februar 2014
Von Leanne Hoagland Smith - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Even though profit is what pays taxes, makes innovation possible and improve the quality of life, in today's society for profit, capitalistic businesses continue to be slammed as uncaring, greedy entities. John Mackey as the co-author of this book takes the reader through his own personal evolution regarding how capitalism is not evil.

What makes this book different than some others is the authors demonstrate the practicality of how by being intentionally conscious about one's behavior, any business from the smallest to the largest can be make money and be a positive contributor to all stakeholders through the 4 tenets of: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Integration, Conscious Leadership and Conscious Integration

I particularly enjoyed the purpose reference specific to Plato's transcendent ideals of The Good, The True and The Beautiful. The authors adding a four ideal purpose of Heroic reaffirmed the necessity of businesses to identify and define their purpose.

Additionally, the authors present some very strong facts about how capitalism is good especially South Korea that went from one of the poorest countries in the world to one of the richest in approximately 50 years.

This is truly a practical, hands on book that can support any business to Be the Red Jacket and propel that organization ahead of the flow.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Future of Business World-wide 27. September 2013
Von Carolyn M. Appleton - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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"People are most fulfilled and happiest when their work is aligned with their own inner passions. Personal passion, corporate purpose, and business performance all go together." This books is smart, thoughtful, comprehensive and eye-opening. Anyone thinking about launching a new business - and those who have been in business for many years - will both benefit. Written by John Mackey, Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and Raj Sisodia of Babson College, the book begins with a look at John's early experiences in Austin founding Whole Foods.

Having no formal business background myself, I gained many new insights and inspiration from "Conscious Capitalism." John and Raj cite several examples of purpose-driven companies that are successful and highly regarded, from Southwest Airlines, The Container Store and Google to UPS and TATA. I found telling a Gallup poll about human happiness cited by the authors that revealed, "... the leading determinant of happiness is 'a good job': work that is meaningful and done in the company of people we care about," rather than wealth, health or family. Every aspect - or "stakeholder" - of business is discussed in detail in the book from employees to customers, from suppliers to investors, from the environment to nonprofit organizations. As a longtime nonprofit executive, I appreciated the opinion of the authors, "business is a natural ally of the nonprofit sector, and the two should work hand in hand. Conscious businesses seek ways to be more effective serving their community stakeholders. Conscious nonprofits can leverage this desire to help fulfill their own purposes."

Helpful information regarding leadership skills, the importance of innovation, how to transform into a "conscious" business, and the positive effect conscious capitalism can have on the "bottom line" is included. The book contains an extensive bibliography for additional follow-up. I was impressed - but not surprised - that the book was published by Harvard Business Review Press.
5.0 von 5 Sternen Finally, the Case for Free Enterprise and Against Crony Capitalism 31. Oktober 2013
Von Jim H. Ainsworth - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Whole Foods CEO Mackey and Co-Founder of Conscious Capitalism Sisodia teamed to write a book that should be read by every working American, no matter where they are on the wage scale or organization chart.

As I turned the first page, I was a little hesitant for two reasons. First, Whole Foods and Mackey have been portrayed as a "hippie" culture. I expected a lot of esoteric drivel that has little to do with the world of business. Mackey does mention Holotropic Breathwork, usually associated with psychedelic psychotherapy, but he doesn't drift far enough afield to lose me. Also, he does posit excellent advice in that realm that all of us can use. Second, I knew he was caught posting anonymously on Yahoo message boards criticizing a competitor. Anonymous posting is almost unforgivable until you find out that almost all such postings are anonymous.

Unless you are a stockholder or customer, you may learn more about Whole Foods than you ever want to know, but along the way, you will learn a lot of valuable insights or have your own solid beliefs confirmed in a real-world company. The best thing about this book is that it focuses attention on business and investing truisms that receive little or no attention elsewhere.

For example . . .
The Stock Market--As a former financial consultant, Mackey got my attention by correctly pointing out that short term investing is a contradiction in terms. He says it should be called trading. I say it should be called legalized gambling. This book also shines a light on a largely overlooked but very important statistic. The average holding period for stocks in the forties was twelve years, eight years in the sixties, and is now well below one year. That is not good for an efficient market and terrible for the small investor.

He also confirms another of my long-held beliefs saying . . . "the values and philosophy of Wall Street has become a type of cancer that is corrupting the healthier parts of the business system."

The Federal Reserve--The Fed has kept interest rates artificially low enabling the very financial institutions we had to bail out in the 2008-2009 debacle to make very high and virtually risk-free profits on interest rate spreads--"a prime example of crony capitalism run amok". And this . . . "much of the animosity toward capitalism today comes from the distortions that crony capitalism has created". Crony capitalism is not free enterprise capitalism, which this book exhorts. Amen.

Executive Pay--I love free enterprise, and companies who do not take government handouts should be free to pay their execs whatever they want, but that does not keep it from being bad business to pay exorbitant salaries, bonuses and perks. The best executive in the world should be able to struggle along on three million a year. Pour the rest back into R&D, employee salaries or benefits, infrastructure, and dividends that find their way back into the wider economy. Companies, like countries, should be run by people who are not motivated by the pursuit of power or personal enrichment.

The authors also talk about finding purpose in your life and in the company's life and embedding that purpose with everyone who works there. I learned early on that stories are the best way to do that and that eventually led me to write fiction. Mackey confirms that.

Mackey addresses another of my pet peeves when he discusses how all leaders, especially highly charismatic ones, are subject to the trap of narcissism and that as a nation, we worship fame for fame's sake, not skills and accomplishment.

This book quotes from several other good reads, including Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. Dan Pink, the author, distills our intrinsic motivations into three elements: autonomy--the desire to direct our own lives (I called it freedom), mastery (the desire to continually improve something that matters), and purpose (the desire to do things in service to something larger than ourselves).

"One of the reasons free enterprise works better than any economic system that's ever been created--particularly better than government bureaucracies and command and control structures, is that it recognizes that the collective knowledge and intelligence in a society and in organizations is wifely diffused."

This is more than a business book. It has many gems for personal lives and careers. I don't necessarily agree with everything he says or does, but Mackey may be one of the brightest and boldest CEO's in the country.

One caveat: The authors, in my opinion, unfairly criticize Jack Welch, another enormously successful CEO who happened to run a different organization in a different style--very successfully.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen optimistic 22. Juli 2013
Von J. Caldon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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A supporting narrative for the value of capitalism and its ability to provide real value to all society. The authors suggest that basing a business on a core belief and focusing on this belief will result in actions that improve the value for stakeholders as diverse as the customer, investor, local community, physical environment, employee, and suppliers. Mackay, the CEO of Whole Foods Market, has used this philosophy to great success and he believes that the attractiveness of this philosophy will lead to a virtuous cycle of other businesses adopting this philosophy, resulting in a overall business climate that is much healthier than the greedy, profit based strategies of businesses today. I like the optimistic tone of the book, and believe that the authors key in on many points that help companies gain a large, loyal following. However, I also believe that greed will continue to push the leaders of many businesses to focus overwhelmingly on profit maximization, severely diluting any momentum of the "conscious capitalist" movement Mackey and Sisodia see as being the future of business. Overall, an inspiring, but overly optimistic look at the future of business.
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