Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
In this book, 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 companies, they illustrate how these two forces can—and do—work most powerfully to create value for all stakeholders: inclu...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Saying that business is "inherently virtuous" because it has helped some ...more
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 ...more
The Bottom Line
The idea of all stakeholders, including the environment, benefiting from conscious capitalism is compelling. It appeals to the human desire to work togeth ...more
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-Oxley an ...more
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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.
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 ...more
owever sometimes they lay it on a little thickly:
Starbucks is a concious business and can thus afford to hire capable barristas who remember your name and order? Whole Foods has an armada of customer envoys who champion them? Whoever thinks this is true without question has never been on the internet. In general the challenges of the digital are left mostly untouched.
This was an extremely good book. It's a different business model that most companies used today. But if more companies would embrace the principles in this book, they would have great wealth than just financial profits.