Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

Conscious Capitalism Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business In this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller Whole Foods Market cofounder John Mackey and professor and Conscious Capitalism Inc cofounder Raj Sisodia argue for the inherent good of bot

  • Title: Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
  • Author: John E. Mackey Raj Sisodia Grover Gardner Bill George
  • ISBN: 9781622314409
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Audio CD
  • In this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, 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 createIn this New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, 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 positive environment for all of us.

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    • I read this book in an effort to catch up on recent thinking around Sustainable business strategy and practices. There aren't as many books as I'd hoped to find on this topic (please send recommendations if you have any). I actually really liked the central idea of this book and I did find some interesting insights, but it was sadly devoid of evidence and full of hokey, prescriptive spiritual buzzwords. Ultimately, the amount of eye-rolling this book inspired has probably left me with damaged vi [...]


    • 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 [...]


    • Disappointed with this book. Why? Well:1) I assumed the book would talk about many different case studies of different companies utilizing conscious capitalism. NO! Instead, dear John Mackey talked so much about Whole Foods and how great it is, blahblahblah, that I felt the book needed a better subtitle: "How Whole Foods Does it".2) HUGE section devoted to shareholders, very small sections for all the other tenets of conscious capitalism. Come on, Mackey and Sisodia: if you're going to say all f [...]



    • The starting premise of "Conscious Capitalism" will be enough to turn off many: that business is "fundamentally good and ethical." It is true that economic development has lifted millions out of poverty. But business has also harmed individuals and communities around the world, as demonstrated by mining accidents from West Virginia to Africa, labor abuses in factories from China to New York, and the global financial crisis.Saying that business is "inherently virtuous" because it has helped some [...]


    • I just reviewed John Mackey's new bestseller, "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Herioc Spirit of Business" (Harvard Business Press) in Feb. 2 issue of Barron's (forthcoming). I'll post the link when it comes out. "Conscious Capitalism" is revolutionary in changing the brand of capitalism and taking it to a new level. John Mackey will be at FreedomFest once again this year, where we have dozens of new authors speakC-SPAN Book TV will be there this year (July 10-13, Caesars Palace, Las Vegas) [...]


    • Written by the Whole Foods founder, Conscious Capitalism urges companies to at the gist of it, have more empathy with fellow human beings. This book captures the impetus behind the rise of the number companies who do good from the very core, not just including for benefit corporations, but also Walmart!! (Whole foods founder praising walmart?!). With the recent acquisition by , it will be interesting to see how a company steeped in its beliefs and core values deal with 's priority on customers a [...]


    • This is a really great book. I gave it three stars because it had quite a bit of inspirational material that I thought could have been omitted or assigned to another book. That's just my opinion. Maybe others will find those parts indispensable. In any case, I think this book is beginning to change my view of business. For a long time, I've thought that beneficent businesses were possible but idealistic and only workable on a small scale: only folks with personality disorders (narcissism, sociop [...]


    • The authors propose that the current model of capitalism is struggling and that businesses need to follow a re-freshed, re-badged form of capitalism which focusses on the organisation having a higher purpose, appreciating the role of ALL stakeholders to a business including suppliers, being a leader who appreciates this approach and focussing on company culture.While I think the approach proposed is a good one I found the writing in this book a bit loose sometimes and the examples used didn't al [...]


    • A thorough explanation of Whole Foods social-values based business philosophy and view of capitalism, which contains many admirable principles. The question remains, is it a sustainable business philosophy? Conscious Capitalism was written before significant competition entered the niche and Whole Foods was the price setter. Since written, other grocers have entered and Whole Foods sales and profits have diminished as a result. So it remains to be seen if the cost structure associated with consc [...]


    • A preachy book about management, not capitalism.I'm frustrated by what's been happening with capitalism. I'm old enough to remember the times when some of us had to defend capitalism against what many believed to be sensible alternatives and it makes me sick to the stomach to watch a cabal of no more than ten thousand big money investors and their CEO puppets do some truly nasty things in the name of capitalism.Other than call today's state of capitalism by its name (crony capitalism) this book [...]


    • Well, this was interesting in terms of the case studies racked up. Certainly the writing makes _Leaning In_ look like a candidate for the Pritzker Prize--yes, the prize that rewards good architecture. Cause CC doesn't have one. I think the many people who have praised this book just haven't read many books of the entrepreneur genre, as the insights that business is "fundamentally good and ethical" seemed rather gateway to me--if a timely reminder of the "higher calling" that many of the 1% incre [...]


    • I was given this book as a gift and I had looked forward to reading it. The first 20 pages or so were imaginative, yet it quickly disappointed. I felt like I was back in the late '90's reading a book that fell in to the genre of "Emotional Intelligence". There were a whole spate of books that came out in the 90's that claimed to explain how to be successful in the workplace and corporate culture. John Mackey (or his ghost writer) were overly pretentious, continually applauding the way the chose [...]


    • Capitalism has probably raised the standard of living of more people than any system yet devised by man but even Adam Smith, renowned champion of the free market folks, realized that pure capitalism of "bloody tooth and claw" needed some restraint, usually via regulatory action. Still that has not prevented the type of excess we now see throughout the system as "gunslinger" management with the focus on their pocketbooks to the expense of others and the short term focus which has ground the middl [...]


    • I really enjoyed the first third or so if this book. It convincingly refutes the current popular notion that business is evil by laying out the incredible advances in the human condition since free market capitalism has been around (vast reductions in poverty and illiteracy and incredible advances in education and standard of living). He points out that the things people don't like about capitalism are actually the result of what he calls, "crony capitalism," which is capitalism tainted by gover [...]


    • The title of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business begs the question, “Really?” With corporate greed and misdeeds undermining American’s faith in capitalism it’s not easy to envision business as the hero of the story. As I picked up the book, I thought to myself, “Sounds too good to be true, convince me”.The Bottom LineThe idea of all stakeholders, including the environment, benefiting from conscious capitalism is compelling. It appeals to the human desire to [...]


    • 'Having read dozens of business books over the years, I can say with considerable authority that Conscious Capitalism is the most ambitious management model ever conceived, and if implemented it could catapult the world of business to what Adam Smith described eloquently as the “highest degree of opulence.” Indeed, if Mackey’s application of higher consciousness had been in the boardroom a generation ago, I like to think that we could have avoided the suffocating regulations of Sarbanes-Ox [...]


    • This is a book that needs to be read by those that think capitalism is a blight on the world and those who tend to idolize profit as their God. Mackey and Sisodia show effectively how the break down in capitalism is truly not a pure capitalism but a bastardized crony capitalism. At the same time, they are able to show how business is truly at it's best when it is motivated not just by profits but by having a 'conscious' while striving to bring value to all stakeholders. This is the business mode [...]


    • This book illustrates how the word "Capitalism" has evolved to be said with a sneer. There is a negative emotional reaction to the thought. Conscious Capitalism describes a way of doing business that removes all positions of "Us v. Them". Labor v. Management, Quality v. Cost, Morals v. Profits, Production v. Environment. If you consider all individuals involved with your business as a stakeholder in the business, with no one individual being more important than any other, you can have a Win/Win/ [...]


    • Loved it, but then again I was already down with the philosophy. I think it's an important book for lots of people to read and at least try to challenge certain black/white assumptions about what GOOD capitalism and entrepreneurship really is (opposed to the prevailing notions and politicized and polarized opinions these days). Review on Fool here: fool/investing/general


    • Free market capitalism is dying, and this book is the only cure. Any manager or executive who fails to read and apply the ideas Mackey presents is ripping off his or her shareholders, employees, bosses, community, and country. Businesses that have no purpose excepting making money deserve our contempt, not our patronage. Conscious Capitalism will launch a revolution, or free markets will die.


    • Great book, encourages real capitalism which is responsible and conscious instead of what most of us know which the book label's "Crony Capitalism" which looks for profits above all else. Truly great read from the owner of a great company




    • While I agree with most of the points in this book, unfortunately it's largely superfluous and contributes very little original thinking into the overall discussion.


    • Loved it. Use it as a manual for SUM Innovation and a text book for all the leadership, entrepreneurship, and business workshops I do. Mention often in blogs/presentations.


    • Decent book for an introduction to better ways of running organizations. Nothing groundbreaking, though, especially for someone who reads a ton about capitalism, organizational dynamics, and complex systems. Also, the fact that the authors site Walmart as a "conscious" company really angered me. They've done so much damage in the past, a little bit of good nowadays doesn't really earn them the reward.All in all, I liked that this book got me to think about capitalism as an effective system. It w [...]


    • This book is full of old ideas and platitudes for business. I don't see anything heroic about what's described, unless one considers bucking Wall Street demands for short-term earnings "heroic." I was rofl at "marketing is widely seen as trying to manipulate people by persuading them to do something that is not in their best interest. At Whole Foods, we think of marketing as enhancing the quality of our relationship with our customers." Since I know someone who didn't receive his schedule for wo [...]


    • I really wanted to like this book. I believe in the premise and I am a big fan of Whole Foods. ButIt shows a very clear statistic 80% of CEOs will stop R&D investment to get to the short term goal even if they know it could impact the future. I don’t think the book makes a compelling case of why that would change in the mid future. The 4 tenets make sense but, again, I kept searching in the pages why should I believe this is the future and I didn’t find itThe examples were from a very li [...]


    • The overall message of Conscious Capitalism is an idea I find intriguing. There are many parts of this book that I enjoyed very much. I listened to the audiobook and it was easy to listen to and follow. There are other parts that I liked less, as they pushed more specific agendas that felt more like the authors' opinions. There could have been more data used to back parts of the book, but I don't mind that some of it felt like anecdotal observations.I would recommend this book as a part of broad [...]


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