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A Quote by Brian Walker (CEO) on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and business

Ultimately, we believe a company's long-term ability to contribute to society is dependant on creating a competitive return for its owners--and in our case, that includes employee-owners. Earning a superior return on capital is the only way to ensure you're sustainable as a business.

Brian Walker (CEO)

Source: Q&A: Brian Walker - Herman Miller - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/brian-walker.html

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A Quote by Brian Walker (CEO) on for-profit, business, conscious capitalism, good business, sustainbility, capital, investment, and corporate social responsibiity

As a for-profit entity, if you're successful in getting a good return on capital, you will attract more investment. You become a magnet for resources with which, in turn, you can do more. Taking that a step further, if you're a socially responsible for-profit, and you're successful in earning a return on capital, you will attract further investment, to create still more value, and be able to have a greater positive impact on society and the world. Essentially being a for-profit creates opportunity for doing greater good. And financial success as a for-profit with a social conscious carries greater credibility with your peers, potentially influencing actions of other businesses.

Brian Walker (CEO)

Source: Q&A: Brian Walker - Herman Miller - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/brian-walker.html

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A Quote by Kip Hollister on clients, business, and sales

I believe in the philosophy, ‘if you build it, they will come.’ When I opened, it was never about the money. It was not about the transaction but rather doing the right thing for the client and the candidate, and then the sales would follow.

Kip Hollister

Source: Women's Business: For Kip Hollister, Relationship Comes First, Sale Second: http://www.bostonherald.com/business/womens/general/view.bg?articleid=1045589

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, and business

Anybody who is an entrepreneur is a person who essentially has impaired judgment. The odds of success are zilch. This valley is loaded to the gills with a whole lot of totally insane people who honest to God believe that they can be the next Bill Gates or the next [Sun Microsystems CEO] Scott McNealy. And that is genuinely stupid. In the great city of San Francisco, where I used to live, at 2 in the morning every other Victorian [house] has somebody who is writing the great American novel. And the city is not loaded with James Joyces or Virginia Woolfs. But entrepreneurship is about distorted views of reality.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business and entrepreneurship

My half-baked reading of history is that we continue to go through these waves of entrepreneurial explosion followed by merger mania and consolidation. Out of that come big sluggish companies that eventually collapse under the weight of what they've created, and are killed off by the next wave of entrepreneurs.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Thomas J. "Tom" Peters on business, artists, and competition

Steve Jobs is perhaps the most competitive human being I have ever met in my life, and yet I would argue one of the most artistic human beings I have ever met in my life. You can trash the movies all you want, but they do have an artistic component. And yet brutal competition knows no peers when it comes to Hollywood.

The 10 or 12 artists I have known really well all my life are at least as competitive as professional athletes. They may express it in slightly different terms, but you look at the Jackson Pollocks et al., and they are as interested in wall space in the galleries as Joe Montana is in the percentage of completed passes. So the notion that symphonic conducting, or stage play, or pure art, is not a competitive business is real bullshit.

Tom Peters (1942 -)

Source: Reason Magazine: The Peters Principle: http://www.reason.com/news/show/30404.html

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A Quote by Jim Collins on questions, new year, resoltuion, business, passion, work, and flow

The start of the New Year is a perfect time to start a stop doing list and to make this the cornerstone of your New Year resolutions, be it for your company, your family or yourself. It also is a perfect time to clarify your three circles, mirroring at a personal level the three questions...

1) What are you deeply passionate about?
2) What are you are genetically encoded for -- what activities do you feel just "made to do"?
3) What makes economic sense -- what can you make a living at?

Those fortunate enough to find or create a practical intersection of the three circles have the basis for a great work life.

Jim Collins

Source: Jim Collins: Best New Year's Resolution? A 'stop doing' list: http://www.jimcollins.com/lib/articles.html

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A Quote by Vicki Donlan on women, men, work, career, and business

During the Q&A periods after my speeches, it is the men who say to me, "Help me understand how I am going to balance my work and my family." Now, let me tell you why I believe they see it that way. Because when they look around the room, they see the women who are going to be in their lives, the choices they will have for a spouse. And they realize that these women are educated, ambitious, and have every intention of having careers of their own.

Being smart young men, they say to themselves, "I want to get married, have a family, and I understand my wife wants to work too. Do you, Vicki, know how to help us do that?" Because they're no longer looking at that prospective wife, saying, "Well this is wonderful, you're getting educated, but of course as soon as we get married, you're going to stay home and make babies."

Those days are long gone. But our corporations haven't caught up with it. Our law firms, our higher education system, and our medical institutions haven't figured out how this family policy is going to work. Men are tired of the 80- to 100-hour work week as well.

Vicki Donlan

Source: tompeters!: Cool Friends Interview with Vicki Donlan: http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=010092.php

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A Quote by Vicki Donlan on ethics, business, men, and women

It's not that I believe women are more ethical. I will say that one of women's greatest weaknesses is probably our greatest strength. We are incredibly hard on each other. We ask all the questions. Men are more easygoing. If you've ever been in a group of women, you'll recognize this: Nobody gives one woman the opportunity to lead the way without asking a whole lot of questions.

So when I say that I think we would have a different ethical level, particularly in corporate America, if there were more women involved, I mean that what women are best at is asking questions. Women ask questions over and over again. It drives men nuts. Women tend to ask the detailed questions; they want to know the answers.

Now, on the other hand, if we booted all the men out of corporate America, and we had all women there, quite honestly I think they'd be just as corrupt as what we have right now. I think it's best to have diversity and different points of view.

Vicki Donlan

Source: tompeters!: Cool Friends Interview with Vicki Donlan: http://www.tompeters.com/cool_friends/content.php?note=010092.php

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A Quote by Jim Collins on leaders, leadership, business, and humility

Level 5 leaders are differentiated from other levels of leaders in that they have a wonderful blend of personal humility combined with extraordinary professional will. Understand that they are very ambitious; but their ambition, first and foremost, is for the company's success. They realize that the most important step they must make to become a Level 5 leader is to subjugate their ego to the company's performance. When asked for interviews, these leaders will agree only if it's about the company and not about them.

Jim Collins

Source: "Taking Good to Great" - An Interview with Jim Collins

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