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
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
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
Saying that business is "inherently virtuous" because it has helped some ...more
The one thing I couldn’t shake was how much the author praised companies like Amazon and Google who obviously care little about the success and wellbeing of people and the earth (watch: The Social Dilemma).
This book has some great parts and ideas but even his highly esteemed Whole Foods sold out to a giant Amazon so not something I consider praise worthy.
Edit: Upon further reflection I do feel like this book largely preaches to the choir, and its arguments may not be convincing to someone who already has a very different philosophy 🤔🤔 So 🤔 caveat there... it pro ...more
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 ...more
And I would have liked even more stories and details. More quotes form employees and customers and other stakeholders, and perhaps less advocating for why “business is good.”
If you like the ideas behind this book, I highly recommend “Everybody Matters,” which is a detailed account of a manufacturing company, Barr ...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
All in all, I liked that this book got me to think about capitalism as an effective system. It w ...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
What concerned me about the book is that many of his principles are already well established. This is an interesting personal memoir. It has some good ideas about how to conduct an ethical busine ...more