Looking for inspiration to start a business or integrate the pillars of Conscious Capitalism at your organization? In the mood to learn about innovations and groundbreaking ideas from around the world?
Search no more! Discover our selection of recommended reading for aspiring and seasoned Conscious Capitalists. These page turners will take you on a journey to fulfil your potential and be part of a happier world where business puts people back at the centre and we elevate humanity together.
At once a bold defence and reimagining of capitalism and a blueprint for a new system for doing business, Conscious Capitalism is for anyone hoping to build a more cooperative, humane, and positive future.
Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism, Inc. cofounder Raj Sisodia argue that both business and capitalism are inherently good, and they use some of today’s best-known and most successful companies to illustrate their point.
Read this book and you’ll better understand how four specific tenets—higher purpose, stakeholder integration, conscious leadership, and conscious culture and management—can help build strong businesses, move capitalism closer to its highest potential, and foster a more positive environment for all of us.
Firms of Endearment
Today’s best companies get it. From retail to finance and industries in between, the organizations who recognize that doing good is good business are becoming the ultimate value creators. They’re changing their culture and generating every form of value that matters: emotional, experiential, social, and financial. And they’re doing it for all their stakeholders. Not because it’s simply politically correct, because it’s the only path to long-term competitive advantage.
These are the firms of endearment. Companies people love doing business with, working for and collaborating with as partners. Since the publication of the First Edition, the concept of corporate social responsibility has become embraced as a valid, important, and profitable business model. It is a trend that has transformed the workplace and corporate world.
Conscious Capitalism – Field Guide
You subscribe to the basic idea that business can do more than make money, but you’re not sure how to act on that conviction or how to share it with the rest of your organisation. The Conscious Capitalism Field Guide–the authoritative follow-up to the bestselling book Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, and leadership expert Raj Sisodia–gives you the tools for sharing and implementing the principles of higher purpose and conscious business throughout your organisation.
This practical guide provides hands-on materials–the same tools used in companies such as Whole Foods Market, Southwest Airlines, Life is Good, The Container Store, Barry-Wehmiller, Zappos, and many others–that you can use on your own, with your team, or with others throughout your organisation to build conscious leadership and practices into your business.
“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.
In Uncontainable, Tindell reveals his approach for building a business where everyone associated with it thrives through embodying the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. Uncontainable shows how other businesses can adapt this approach toward what Tindell calls the most profitable, sustainable and fun way of doing business.
Do the Kind Thing
For the socially conscious, the intellectually curious, or the creative soul comes an inspiring, New York Times bestselling handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world—by the visionary founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.
In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND’s business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. By using illuminating anecdotes from his own career, and celebrating some past failures through the lessons learned from them, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a successful business and a thriving social enterprise.
“Bob Chapman, CEO of the $1.7 billion manufacturing company Barry-Wehmiller, is on a mission to change the way businesses treat their employees.” – Inc. Magazine. Starting in 1997, Bob Chapman and Barry-Wehmiller have pioneered a dramatically different approach to leadership that creates off-the-charts morale, loyalty, creativity, and business performance.
This book chronicles Chapman’s journey to find his true calling, going behind the scenes as his team tackles real-world challenges with caring, empathy, and inspiration. It also provides clear steps to transform your own workplace, whether you lead two people or two hundred thousand.
Holacracy is a revolutionary management system that redefines management and turns everyone into a leader. Holacracy distributes authority and decision-making throughout an organisation, and defines people not by hierarchy and titles, but by roles. Holacracy creates organizations that are fast, agile, and that succeed by pursuing their purpose, not following a dated and artificial plan.
This isn’t anarchy – it’s quite the opposite. When you start to follow Holacracy, you learn to create new structures and ways of making decisions that empower the people who know the most about the work you do: your frontline colleagues.
An Everyone Culture
What if a company did everything in its power to create a culture in which everyone—not just select “high potentials”—could overcome their own internal barriers to change and use errors and vulnerabilities as prime opportunities for personal and company growth? Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey (and their collaborators) have found and studied such companies—Deliberately Developmental Organisations. A DDO is organised around the simple but radical conviction that organisations will best prosper when they are more deeply aligned with people’s strongest motive, which is to grow.
This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy—and that the key to success is developing everyone.
The Power of TED
The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) is a fable on self-leadership, because how you lead your own life has everything to do with how you lead in other areas. It is a tool for both individuals and organisations who want to create more effective communication and relationships. Learning how to transform everyday drama and opt for more growth-oriented solutions, is the priceless gift it teaches.
Having helped thousands of people and scores of organisations over the past decade, The Power of TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) is being published in this 10th Anniversary Edition to convey a very timely message of hope that all of life, whether at home or work, can be transformed to create satisfying and fulfilling relationships. Its message is needed now more than ever.
The way we manage organisations seems increasingly out of date. Survey after survey shows that a majority of employees feel disengaged from their companies. The epidemic of organisational disillusionment goes way beyond Corporate America-teachers, doctors, and nurses are leaving their professions in record numbers because the way we run schools and hospitals kills their vocation.
In this groundbreaking book, the author shows that every time humanity has shifted to a new stage of consciousness in the past, it has invented a whole new way to structure and run organisations, each time bringing extraordinary breakthroughs in collaboration.
Getting Things Done
Since it was first published almost fifteen years ago, David Allen’s Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business books of its era, and the ultimate book on personal organisation. “GTD” is now shorthand for an entire way of approaching professional and personal tasks, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organisational tools, seminars, and offshoots.
This book demonstrates a whole new way of being at work. It suggests that the culture you create is your strategy—and that the key to success is developing everyone. Allen has rewritten the book from start to finish, tweaking his classic text with important perspectives on the new workplace, and adding material that will make the book fresh and relevant for years to come.
Too many people, men and women alike, have bought into a notion of leadership that exclusively emphasises traditionally “masculine” qualities: hierarchical, militaristic, win-at-all-costs. The result has been corruption, environmental degradation, social breakdown, stress, depression, and a host of other serious problems. Nilima Bhat and Raj Sisodia show us a more balanced way, an archetype of leadership that is generative, cooperative, creative, inclusive, and empathetic. While these are traditionally regarded as “feminine” qualities, we all have them. In the Indian yogic tradition they’re symbolised by Shakti, the source that powers all life.
Through exercises and inspirational examples, Bhat and Sisodia show how to access this infinite energy and lead with your whole self. Male or female, leaders who understand and practice Shakti Leadership act from a consciousness of life-giving caring, creativity, and sustainability to achieve self-mastery internally and be of selfless service to the world.
Leading Well From Within
Are you a high-performing executive, entrepreneur, healthcare provider, or professional secretly overwhelmed by stress or burnout? Are you seeking inspiration, purpose, and meaning in your life? Are you looking to gain an edge in your leadership performance? The solution is not just trying harder, or even trying to eliminate all the stress in your life. It’s increasing your awareness and inner resources—including leveraging stress as an asset—to achieve the outcomes that matter most. In other words, it’s to become a Conscious Leader. In Leading Well from Within, Dr. Daniel Friedland shares the compelling evidence and neuroscience behind what makes Conscious Leadership so effective and how you can cultivate it through the practice of mindfulness. Then, building on this solid foundation, you’ll discover the 4 in 4 Framework™ — a proven, four-step process to help you.
Packed with real-life stories, tools, and practices, Leading Well from Within is your complete guidebook to flourishing in your life and multiplying your positive impact in your business, organisation, family, community, and the world!
How. Why How We Do Anything Means Everything
The flood of information, unprecedented transparency, increasing interconnectedness and our global interdependence – are dramatically reshaping today’s world, the world of business, and our lives. We are in the Era of Behaviour and the rules of the game have fundamentally changed. It is no longer what you do that matters most and sets you apart from others, but how you do what you do. Whats are commodities, easily duplicated or reverse-engineered. Sustainable advantage and enduring success for organisations and the people who work for them now lie in the realm of how, the new frontier of conduct.
For almost two decades, Dov Seidman’s pioneering organisation, LRN, has helped some of the world’s most respected companies build “do it right,” winning cultures and inspire principled performance throughout their organizations. Seidman’s distinct vision of the world, business, and human endeavour has helped enable more than 15 million people doing business in more than 120 countries to out behave the competition. In HOW: Why HOW We Do Anything Means Everything, Dov Seidman shares his unique approach with you. Now updated and expanded, HOW includes a new Fore¬word from President Bill Clinton and a new Preface from Dov Seidman on why how we behave, lead, govern, operate, consume, engender trust in our relationships, and relate to others matters more than ever and in ways it never has before.
Setting The Table
Seventy-five percent of all new restaurant ventures fail, and of those that do stick around, only a few become icons. Danny Meyer started Union Square Cafe when he was 27, with a good idea and hopeful investors. He is now the co-owner of a restaurant empire. How did he do it? How did he beat the odds in one of the toughest trades around? In this landmark book, Danny shares the lessons he learned developing the dynamic philosophy he calls Enlightened Hospitality. The tenets of that philosophy, which emphasise strong in-house relationships as well as customer satisfaction, are applicable to anyone who works in any business. Whether you are a manager, an executive, or a waiter, Danny’s story and philosophy will help you become more effective and productive, while deepening your understanding and appreciation of a job well done.
Setting the Table is landmark a motivational work from one of our era’s most gifted and insightful business leaders.
The Purpose Project
A higher purpose than profit is now an imperative for a thriving workplace. Purpose answers the fundamental questions of…Why are we here? What is most meaningful to us? How is the world better because we exist? What is the legacy we’re leaving?
The Purpose Project is a practical handbook filled with models, real-life stories and practices for business leaders, employees, entrepreneurs and students who are committed to bringing meaning to life at work. The book shows you how to integrate your personal work purpose with the higher purpose of your organisation starting right where you are, right now.
Ask Powerful Questions
What is revealed when you authentically connect with the people around you? In Ask Powerful Questions, Will Wise explains how the questions we traditionally ask are virtually meaningless when it comes to establishing connection. Introducing a set of practical tools for accessing and understanding others by changing the way we ask questions, Will shows how to transform “How are you?–I’m fine, thanks” into a conversation that changes not only how you lead, but who you are as a person.
It took years of research, university teaching, and hundreds of client projects for Will to formulate his concept behind the art of asking powerful questions.
Equality: Courageous Conversations About Women, Men, and Race to Spark a Diversity and Inclusion Breakthrough
We’ve been talking about changing corporate America for decades. Decades. And yet no real change has occurred. At least not when it comes to equality for all. Honestly, the talk is lip service for most. Why? Because the dominant group will not give up power willingly.
So what will it take to originate authentic change for corporate America in today’s climate? To achieve equality for all? Our country is running at a fever pitch. And so is our business world. And it seems there’s no solution. Until you talk to Trudy Bourgeois. She knows the solution. She lives the solution. And she teaches the solution.
Get Your Head Out Of Your Bottom Line
Corporate America has a problem. Workers are disengaged, corporations are distrusted, and executives are confined to proving their worth by delivering ever-improving profits and shareholder value. It’s not a system that encourages visionary leaders, engages employees, or builds stakeholder loyalty. It’s a broken system, but we have reached the perfect moment to change it for the better. People are hungry for meaningful work with employers who are making a difference in the world. And leaders are beginning to feel the pressure to demonstrate a significant purpose behind their companies’ work. Executives who are able to shift their focus from solely improving the bottom line to the company’s long-term health and non-monetary impact on the world are realising success.
The marketing industry is broken. Consumers are tired of interruption, push, mass media and the manipulation of marketing and advertising generally. They want to deal with honest, ethical companies that have heart and purpose and that care about serving all their stakeholders instead of their pockets. Conscious Marketing proves that marketing can really work if the paradigm is shifted—radically. In Conscious Marketing: How to Create an Awesome Business With a New Approach to Marketing, author Carolyn Tate demonstrates just how beneficial this shift can be. By practising the four tenets of conscious marketing, companies can raise their brand’s profile and attract customers for life. The book shows how building a business with a higher-purpose can lead to sustainability, profitability and industry leadership. Conscious marketing works for both multinational corporations and cash-strapped small business alike.
In the modern market, a business that does well and contributes to the elevation of humanity and the planet attracts the best customers, employees, suppliers and investors. These people evangelize, and the brand reach expands exponentially further and to a more loyal audience than traditional marketing will ever capture. This concept and other topics in the book include:
- What’s wrong with marketing and why it doesn’t work
- What “conscious” means to the consumer, business, leader and marketer
- The who, what, why and how of conscious marketing
- Navigating the shift from traditional to conscious practices
The book includes a three-part guide to crafting an actionable plan, including where to find help. Marketing doesn’t have to be the budgetary dead weight it has become. It can be fun, human and inspiring for everyone involved, but change requires a deep shift in thinking and behaviour that goes way beyond the transaction or the sale. To stay relevant in the modern economy, businesses must show what’s at their core, why they do what they do and why it matters. Conscious Marketing is a comprehensive guide to fixing the problem, with a sustainable solution.
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