In this episode of Conscious Capitalism Chicago’s podcast, host Tom Yorton talks with Gold Eagle CEO, Marc Blackman, about how to “Lead with Purpose and Be Your Values.”
How First United Bank is transforming lives through its purpose-driven work
By Agata Antonow and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies
A man tired of struggling paycheck to paycheck walked into the gleaming glass and wood-accented lobby of a bank in Durant, Oklahoma, and was greeted by a 27-year-old personal banker named Katie Knight. He’d gotten hooked into a vicious cycle of payday loans, and didn’t have enough money to make it through the week. He was here as a last resort.
First United Bank advertised with commercials that asked people to bring their financial challenges into any branch, guaranteeing that they could help troubleshoot even the stickiest of situations. Two weeks after his initial visit, the man was back, but a familiar face in the lobby caught his eye.
“Hey, you,” he yelled across the lobby and strode over to come face to face with Greg Massey, the bank’s CEO. Massey reached out to shake the man’s hand and introduce himself, but was interrupted. “I know who you are. I’ve seen your commercials on TV and I always thought you were full of crap.”
We were so honored to have Great Place to Work CEO, Michael C. Bush, joined us at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Philadelphia to give us insight into how company’s make the prestigious GPTW list. For 20 years Great Place to Work has published their gold-standard list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For. But their latest research shows that what was good enough to be a “great” workplace 10 or 20 years ago is not good enough now. Even at the best workplaces, it was clear that leaders can—and must—do better.
Michael and his team at GPTW found significant gaps between the experiences of executives and those on the front lines. Between full-time and part-time employees. Between men and women. Between whites and people of color. Michael realized: “That’s not good enough. If we’re going to call a company “great,” it’s got to be great for everybody. It’s got to be a Great Place to Work…For All.” As a result, GPTW re-examined its definition of a Great Workplace and a Best Workplace and decided to raise the bar.
Check out Michael’s full keynote from last year’s conference below. If this is the kind of motivation that inspires you to be a better capitalist, then we hope you’ll join us for this year’s Annual Conference in Dallas!
Five years following the publishing of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, we’re excited to share this special offer in advance of the highly anticipated follow-up practical handbook: Conscious Capitalism Field Guide!
Thanks to our friends at Harvard Business Review Press, we’re excited to offer you a complimentary excerpt from the book, including foreword by Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey. Get a jump start on codifying best practices and applying proven tools from this systematic process geared specifically to elevate humanity through business.
If you like what you read–and we’re certain you will!–you can pre-order Conscious Capitalism Field Guide: Tools for Transforming Your Organization in advance of its April 2018 publishing through the Conscious Capitalism Bookstore. Additionally, if you are interested in purchasing discounted bulk quantities for your organization, please email email@example.com.
We hope you enjoy this complimentary excerpt and look forward to sharing more of the books hands-on materials in the months to come!
Michael Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development. He is a pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, accelerated learning, and innovative leadership. He is the author of 15 books on creativity and innovation including the international best seller, How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day.
Michael’s latest book, The Art of Connection: 7 Relationship-Building Skills Every Leader Needs Now reminds us of the human element that is central to the practice of Conscious Capitalism–specifically how developing rapport with others is not just a business tool to enhance productivity but a valuable end in itself.
We are thrilled to share that Michael Gelb will be speaking at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference. You can see why Michael’s How to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci became an influential book among innovative entrepreneurs by watching the below video. And you will learn why his The Art of Connection will help tomorrow’s businesses thrive through building genuine connections with their stakeholders if you join us in Dallas this spring for the largest gathering of Conscious Capitalists yet!
If so, Conscious Capitalism, Inc., the nonprofit dedicated to elevating humanity through business, may be able to help you! We are considering launching a Conscious Capitalism imprint to help members of our community share your wisdom with others.
To help you out, though, we need to hear from you. If you already have a book you’re thinking of publishing, are currently writing a book, or are thinking about writing one, please let us know by filling out this form.
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Though more and more are becoming familiar with Back to the Roots’s mission to Undo Food™ and reconnect kids and families with where it comes from, most don’t know of the story of how the company’s co-founder, Alejandro Velez, overcame adversity most of us could never imagine to find and commit to a purpose that is certainly elevating humanity through business.
Watch Alejandro’s full talk at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Philadelphia. And if hearing from inspiring business leaders like Alejandro motivates you to want your business to create even more value for our world, then we hope to see you at the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Dallas later this spring. Together, we can create a world in which business is practiced and perceived as a force for good!
Why academia needs to stop pigeonholing capitalism
By Geoff Campbell and Aleksandra Corwin of Round Table Companies
Capitalism exploits workers. Capitalists are greedy. Capitalists destroy the environment. Or so say capitalism’s critics.
The litany of complaints about capitalism stretches to the horizon, ignoring the fact that capitalism has improved the lives of countless millions and serves as the single-most powerful force for good the world has ever seen.
Why the disconnect? Any business people worth their salt know that the essential ingredient to long-term success is balancing the needs of the entire stakeholder chain. Yet there continues to be a mismatch between the prevailing narrative about business (greedy pigs) and the reality we know to be synonymous with a truly successful business (value-creators for everyone the business touches).
Participants attending the 2018 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Dallas should prepare to be inspired and moved! Representing her hometown as one of the event’s riveting keynote speakers will be Momentous Institute’s executive director, Michelle Kinder.
Since 1920, Momentous Institute (formerly Salesmanship Club Youth and Family Centers) has been powered by the Salesmanship Club of Dallas, a service organization of more than 600 business and community leaders committed to transforming kids’ lives. The organization has helped to build and repair social emotional health with children and their families so they can achieve their full potential for nearly a century. Since 1968, Momentous Institute has been the beneficiary of the AT&T Byron Nelson, an annual PGA TOUR golf tournament in North Texas that has raised $155 million.
We could list all the reasons why Michelle was named the 2015 Non-Profit CEO of the Year by CNM Connect and Momentous Institute was named one of the top 100 Best Workplaces for Women by Fortune magazine and Great Place to Work. But we think this video showcasing the wonderful work being done by Michelle and the caring Momentous Institute staff to benefit the greater Dallas-Ft. Worth region will do the job better than we ever could. We are very much looking forward to hearing more about the purposeful drive powering this treasured example of elevating humanity through business. We hope you will join us and be inspired, too!
Miki Agrawal is a social entrepreneur who loves to use designed innovation to break taboos and change culture. Many know her as the co-founder and chief innovator of THINX, the the period-proof underwear company that’s disrupting the $15 billion feminine-hygiene market. And rightfully so!
Under Miki’s leadership, THINX was named Fast Company’s “World’s Most Innovative Companies of 2017.” The product was one of Time magazine’s 25 Best New Inventions of 2015. In its first giveback partnership, THINX helped over 60,000 girls in Uganda return to school.
But that’s not all this author of Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business and Live Happily Ever After has accomplished in her notable career so far. From bidet attachment TUSHY to farm-to-table, gluten-free pizza concept WILD, she’s passionate about sharing her knowledge and strategies from idea to launch to growth in the most authentic way possible. Check out her engaging talk on how to stand out in crowded markets at the 2017 Conscious Capitalism Annual Conference in Philadelphia.