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Conscious Capitalism, With a New Preface by the Authors: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business
Daniel J. I don't even know where to begin. View 2 comments. Feb 18, Christine Bader rated it it was ok.
The starting premise of "Conscious Capitalism" will be enough to turn off many: 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 The starting premise of "Conscious Capitalism" will be enough to turn off many: Saying that business is "inherently virtuous" because it has helped some people is like saying that cars are inherently good because one helped me get to Grandma's.
But cars have killed people too. Of course, cars don't kill people: Mackey might argue that business doesn't kill people: But if business was inherently good, why should it matter whether its leaders are enlightened or not? Couldn't automatons run companies, and as long as they don't get in the way, their organizations would run their inevitably beneficial course?
I wanted to like this book, as we so desperately need more enlightened business leaders. But to me this read as self-promoting and willfully blind to the complexities of the real world. I wrote a longer review on The Huffington Post: Jan 25, Mark Skousen rated it it was amazing. I just reviewed John Mackey's new bestseller, "Conscious Capitalism: I'll post the link when it comes out.
John Mackey will be at FreedomFest once again this year, where we have dozens of new authors speak Aug 15, Ethan rated it really liked it. 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 Amazon, it will be interesting to see how a company steeped in its beliefs and core values deal with Amazon's priority on Written by the Whole Foods founder, Conscious Capitalism urges companies to at the gist of it, have more empathy with fellow human beings. With the recent acquisition by Amazon, it will be interesting to see how a company steeped in its beliefs and core values deal with Amazon's priority on customers and clockwork efficiency.
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: But Mackey is, I think, showing that today the businesses run by empathetic and caring CEOs are actually outperforming those run by the 'traditional egoistic businessman'.
This being said, I'm still wondering why Mackey keeps listing certain businesses, such as Costco and Amazon, as being 'conscious'. After watching John Mackey on youtube, I wonder why he considers Obamacare fascism and is opposed to the minimum wage. First, though, as a Canadian I don't understand Obamacare entirely, it seems that if a company is paying its employees well and provides insurance, it shouldn't worry about these kinds of governmental interferences other interferences might be more problematic since they are in place to provide a minimum standard that prevents companies from taking advantage of potential or actual workers.
There is a sense that transactions between a business and its employees are fair. This is often the case, especially among white-collar jobs. But this is often not the case when hunger, medical needs, and mental capabilities prevent employees from knowing what all their options are.
Jun 23, Laurel rated it did not like it. 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 I was given this book as a gift and I had looked forward to reading it. John Mackey or his ghost writer were overly pretentious, continually applauding the way the chose to run his business.
Unfortunately, from a personal perspective, I have not witnessed many of his innovations at the Whole Foods in the Boston area. Perhaps his concepts of team have not "translated" to my Whole Foods.
Yes, I have run across incredible customer service at his stores in some neighborhoods, but my most recent experiences have been off-putting.
I have asked for a particular bakery item that is carried in most Whole Foods locally, 5 times, and each time been told to talk to the manager, who is never in when I am shopping.
If indeed his team members were all "enabled" as he states in his book, then a smile and "I'll pass that request on" would be the appropriate response. Yes, I am venting here, but it was maddening reading about how successful he is at cultivating a great work environment, but not seeing it myself.
My advise is not to waste your time or money on this read. Jan 16, Fred Forbes rated it really liked it. 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 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 middle class to a pulp.
A major proscription is inherent in the philosophy of this book - run corporations with an eye to fairly balancing the needs of the various stakeholders in the enterprise. Firms that seem fairly enlightened in the regard are some of my personal favorites - Costco, Southwest Airlines, The Container Store, Whole Foods, etc.
The most encouraging aspect, to me, is the fact that when profits are the by product of great products and services as opposed to the only objective, the numbers are usually superior from nearly any business measure, be it stock price, return on equity, profitability, etc.
A worthy read and a worthy approach to the world of business. Jan 10, Rachel Terry rated it liked it Shelves: 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 I really enjoyed the first third or so if this book.
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 government interference meant to favor a few. While government ought to legislate just enough to ensure fair competition, when it starts to favor certain industries or companies or require people or organizations to support certain companies Common Core, Obamacare, etc.
The rest of the book is a how-to manual for businesses, and while there are some interesting case studies and quotes, I had a hard time staying absorbed. Nov 19, Megan rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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 always sit well with me. Some of the examples of a conscious culture or leadership simply didn't hit the mark especially companies like Google and Amazon which have in recent times come under fire for their approach. This doesn't, however, take away from the concept, which I think has merit.
Mar 10, John Stepper rated it liked it. I very much appreciate the direction the authors are advocating. And I liked the stories from Whole Foods, a store I visit frequently, and whose service and employees I like very much. And I would have liked even more stories and details. Jul 29, Stephen P rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 thorough explanation of Whole Foods social-values based business philosophy and view of capitalism, which contains many admirable principles. So it remains to be seen if the cost structure associated with conscious capitalism is sustainable. Amazon's recently announced acquisition of Whole Foods is another question mark, as the two companies don't necessarily share the same values.
Mar 10, Athan Tolis rated it liked it Shelves: 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 A preachy book about management, not capitalism. Other than call today's state of capitalism by its name crony capitalism this book does not address any of the issues I have with the system. It does even try to discuss why businesses today have stopped reinvesting their profits, why business today carries so much debt, why business these days spends record high amounts on lobbying and record-low amounts on pay.
Conscious Capitalism is, instead, a manual on how to manage retail businesses. The most important point the authors make is that first you need to honestly and wholeheartedly embrace a purpose, a set of core values, and then the rest will flow, profitability included.
The second most important point the authors make is that you should look after all stakeholders of a business: The third and fourth big points I could not tell apart, they concern "conscious" management, leadership and culture. That's where the going got a bit heavy with me.
Like, a good manager should meditate, allegedly.
I suppose if he's got the spare time it's a free country go ahead and meditate, but I would not list it in my top ten thousand priorities when I used to run my company. Hell, I skipped going to the dentist, I seem to remember. Here's my big problem with the book: The authors say "no, it should do all these other things first and what's good for the shareholder will follow. But I was not convinced. I was never sold on why Milton Friedman is wrong practically or morally and I was never sold on why a cigarette company, for example, will deliver better results to its shareholders if it goes all moral on us, when its very purpose is not what I would consider moral.
On the other hand, the book did actually convince me that a company that buys from many suppliers and sells to the wider public can benefit from being all crunchy like the authors of the book seem to be. So if you're in that type business, do read the book, you'll get some good pointers. And be prepared to deal with long strings of adjectives. Under this scheme, lives become" long, healthy, vibrant, productive and meaningful," for example. The scheme itself entails "living a life of meaning and purpose, service to others, striving for excellence, growing as an individual, friendship, partnering, love, and generosity.
Oh, and prepare to LOVE Whole Foods, the Container Store, Medtronic and a few more companies that the authors like, while other companies you might actually have heard of I'm thinking Google and Amazon, for example only get brought into the discussion when it suits.
That said, if you have a good stomach for this type of hype, this is not a bad book about how to win in retailing.