Elevating humanity through business

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Throwback Thursday: David Rendall at CC2017

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An inherent benefit of being a Conscious Capitalist is that it’s more fun than being an unconscious capitalist. And at our annual conferences, we are mindful to ensure participants experience significant amounts of fun!

One of the favorite speakers from last year’s Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference, was David Rendall, author of The Freak Factor: Discovering Uniqueness by Flaunting Weakness. Check out David’s full session and see why peer authors like Daniel Pink (Drive and A Whole New Mind) say things like:

“Dave Rendall has a radical prescription for chronic dissatisfaction:  Stop working on your weaknesses and start amplifying them instead. The Freak Factor flips the cult of self-improvement on its head with stories of real people who have soared to succeed by embracing their uniqueness.”

Oh…and be prepared to laugh your butt off!


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Contribute to “Elevations”

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Want to write for Conscious Capitalism’s “Elevations” blog? We’d love to share your musings on the movement!

Have an interesting idea for conveying the benefits of Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership or Conscious Culture (i.e. infographic, slide presentation or video)? Our community would love to know about it!

Check out our Conscious Contributions opportunities and become a thought leader within the Conscious Capitalism community:


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“Conscious Capitalism” the Book Turns 5!

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It’s been five years since John Mackey and Raj Sisodia co-authored Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business. And what a five years it’s been! We wouldn’t be where we are today without the love and support from ALL of our brothers and sisters in the larger conscious business sandbox. In particular, Conscious Company Media, who was so kind to help us spread the good word about this momentous occasion by publishing an overview of how far we’ve come together and where we’re heading. Check out the progress made by the Conscious Capitalism community so far…and then join the movement!  A world in which business can elevate humanity is indeed within our reach.


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Milestone Celebration: Our 40th Chapter!

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Conscious Capitalism International Achieves New Milestone:
More than 40 Chapters in 14 Countries

Social movement to elevate humanity through business celebrates significant growth on 5th anniversary of book, Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

 

A clear sign that more and more business leaders around the world are committed to pursuing purposes beyond just profit, Conscious Capitalism International begins 2018 with more than 40 chapters dedicated to elevating humanity through business. Recently activated chapters in the United States (like the great folks in Atlanta pictured below), Colombia, Denmark and South Africa now advocate for Conscious Capitalism in 14 countries on six continents.

This significant milestone comes as the organization and supporters of its namesake movement celebrate the 5th anniversary of Harvard Business Review’s publishing Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (first edition, January 15, 2013). Co-authored by Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey, and F.W. Olin distinguished professor of Global Business at Babson College, Raj Sisodia, Conscious Capitalism ignited a global movement that is fundamentally changing the way business is both practiced and perceived. A New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, more than 145,000 copies of Conscious Capitalism have been sold to date. Conscious Capitalism, along with its principles, have garnered favorable reviews from notable business celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey and legendary Harvard Business School management professor Bill George.

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Throwback Thursday: “Dr. Love” Paul Zak at CC2017

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Work sucks! Or the more professional way we learned in economics class to say it: Labor provides disutility. So goes the traditional rationale for why we have to pay people to work. But ask someone who is passionate about what they do for a living, and they’ll tell you quite a different story. For them, work is fulfilling; it’s actually an environment where they flourish and thrive.

So, how do we close this gap and get more people to love what they do? That’s the big question neuroeconomist Paul Zak has built his own satisfying career around. Affectionately known as “Dr. Love,” Paul was among the first to identify the hormone oxytocin’s role in enabling trust in human social bonding. His book Trust Factor: The Science of Creating High-Performance Companies, explores how building trust within the workplace can help people experience a more caring environment, find more joy in their work, and lead to better business results.

With the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference only a few months away, let’s take a look back at Paul’s intriguing keynote from last year’s event. You can watch his full session below. Remember, the Early Bird rate ends January 31…don’t miss out saving $200 off your registration!


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CC2018 Keynote: Student Maid CEO, Kristen Hadeed

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Kristen Hadeed really screwed up. When three quarters of her staff quit on the same day, the founder and CEO of Student Maid didn’t give up. Instead she chose to listen, learn and change.

Student Maid became a company known not for failure, but for a culture of trust, accountability, and empowerment, and as a result, a great success too.

Kristen has put all the difficult lessons she learned into a new book, Permission to Screw Up. Her hope is that it will inspire others with the knowledge that mistakes can, and should, be made on the road to success.

She will join a growing list of inspiring keynote speakers lined up for the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference (April 30 to May 2). Watch Kristen’s TEDx talk on how listening to your inner child can take you places beyond your wildest dreams…and then don’t miss out on early bird pricing by registering for CC2018 before January 31.


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CEO Summit: Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. to Keynote

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The New York Times, perhaps one of the most iconic newspapers in the world, recently announced a major transition. Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., who became publisher of The Times in 1992 announced last month that he would be handing off this role to his son, A. G. Sulzberger effective January 1, 2018. The senior Sulzberger will, however, stay on as chairman of The New York Times Company. As chairman of one of the most storied media companies since Gutenberg invented the printing press, we are thrilled that  Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr. will be a keynote speaker at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit (October 9-11 in Austin, Texas).

What kind of lessons learned will Arthur O. have to share with the Conscious Capitalism community? Here’s a conversation on leadership he had a few years back with Knowledge@Wharton, the business journal for the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.


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Throwback Thursday: REI’s Jerry Stritzke at CC2017

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Leading up to last year’s Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference, outdoor co-op REI was most definitely “walking the walk” of a purpose-driven company. The year prior, the company closed its doors on Black Friday as part of its #OptOutside campaign, In April of 2017, REI committed to a mission to close gaps in gear design by bringing women together outdoors with over 1,000 classes nationwide in their Force of Nature campaign. You can read more about how REI’s CEO, Jerry Stritzke leads the company in this Forbes interview published just prior to the conference.

To say we were thrilled to have Jerry Stritzke keynote at Conscious Capitalism 2017 is an understatement. No only was his exemplary Conscious Leadership respected across the Conscious Capitalism community, but he would have a surprise for both conference participants as well as the business world at large. Just a few weeks prior to the conference, REI’s published its first annual Stewardship Report, spotlighting (among many other conscious business decisions) the company’s providing $9.3 million to nonprofits all across the country which create access to the outdoors for millions of Americans.

As we gear up for the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference, let’s take a look back at Jerry’s riveting keynote. You can watch his full session below…and then, of course, don’t miss out on the Early Bird rate by registering for this year’s conference by January 31!


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Throwback Thursday: John Mackey on Need for “Conscious Capitalism”

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2018 will bring with it a very special milestone: The fifth anniversary of Harvard Business Review Press’s publishing of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (first edition, January 15, 2013). As we close out the year–and on this very last opportunity for a “Throwback Thursday” in 2017–we thought it would be fitting to share some insights from one of the Conscious Capitalism movement’s most revered leaders as captured in the months just prior to the book’s publishing.

So, as you reflect back on 2017 and look ahead to the prosperous and fulfilling 2018 you will no doubt create for yourself and your business, take a few minutes to hear the book’s co-author and founder/CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, make the clear case for Conscious Capitalism in this Big Think interview from 2012.


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The Curious Conscious Capitalist Podcast Launch

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Congratulations to our Conscious Capitalism Chicago chapter friends on the launch of their new podcast, The Curious Conscious Capitalist!

Through interviews with local business leaders, the podcast explores the realities around building profitable companies driven by purpose and offering work cultures where people don’t dread coming to work, but instead actually thrive.

The Curious Conscious Capitalist’s first episode is “A Culture Built on Trust” and features a discussion with Jean Pitzo, CEO of Ace Metal Crafts, a fabricator of stainless steel components for many of the things we eat and use in our everyday lives.

Check it out and let them know what you think.