Elevating humanity through business

Why Stories Matter in Business

Conscious Leadership
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By Heidi Jon Schmidt Every business leader, no matter how conscious, no matter how successful, keeps a tight focus on growth. More clients, better talent, higher productivity, reduced expenses. Give me those, he or she says, and I will be able to relax and think about telling my organization’s story. What if telling your story […]

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Thea Polancic: Building Community and Purpose

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By Agata Antonow “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”  —Attributed to Margaret Mead On a quiet evening in January 2009, Thea Polancic was sticking large pieces of paper on the walls of her home. Her son was asleep […]

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In Pursuit of the Present Moment

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By Lizzie Vance  What matters is to be a human being with another human being, to recognize the other person as another being in there… if you are trying to help a wounded bird, the first thing you have to know is that there is somebody in there, and that you have to wait for […]

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I Can Stop Apologizing

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By Genevieve Georget To tell you about a conversation with Tara-Nicholle Nelson would be to tell you about a body of water that makes all of life possible. Instead, I want to share with you what it is like to have a conversation with Tara. I want to take you to the shore and have […]

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Consciously Firing

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By Alexander McCobin  In 2016, the influential media publication Ad Age named Dan Golden’s company the number one agency to work at—and the following two weeks were the worst of the CEO’s professional career. His digital marketing agency Be Found Online (BFO) had just received the most prestigious recognition one can hope for in advertising, […]

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The Conscious Merger

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A Community Contribution by Brandi Beakley  After building a purpose-driven retail business that had experienced more than 100 percent YOY growth for four straight years, CEO Steve Hall knew driversselect was poised to scale. But the business model had outpaced his abilities to scale it without taking on serious financial and cultural risks. For one […]

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Sink or Swim: The Story You Tell Matters

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A Community Contribution by Mark Rogers  Leadership in companies is like a team of high-grade mariners in central command of their commercial vessels. The power of storytelling traditions and techniques that leadership uses can navigate ships and employees directly into harm’s way, circumnavigate them around obstacles, or skillfully avoid an ill-fated voyage of monumental proportion […]

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Shareholders are Stakeholders, Too

Conscious Leadership
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By David Gardner  Dear Friends, When my brother Tom and I keynoted the 2012 Conscious Capitalism CEO Summit, I told the room of 200 CEOs that I was going to pick a basket of 12 conscious, purpose-driven businesses’ stocks for 2012. Tom and I co-founded The Motley Fool, which provides financial advice to investors, so […]

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Building a Bridge Between Capitalism and Equity

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A Community Contribution by Stephanie Grise When Judge Wilson handed down his ruling in what St. Louisans refer to as “The Stockley Verdict,” I was shaken. That ruling, which decided the fate of a law enforcement officer on trial for taking a life, caused me to question my role in our community as an attorney […]

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Savage Blue

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By Genevieve Georget and Lizzie Vance of Round Table Companies  Reck·on·ing ˈrek(ə)niNG/ noun: reckoning The moment that led Bethany Andell—President of Savage Brands—to trade in financial security for vitality. *** It’s one thing to be changed in this life. Metamorphosis takes courage and vulnerability and a willingness to break yourself wide open. But the unfolding […]

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