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A Quote by Bill George on incentives, mission, values, and business

A lot of economists feel you do incentives and nothing else. I disagree. You have to motivate people around a central mission, a set of values, and then the incentives become the frosting on the cake; they become the payoff.

Bill George

Source: Incentive Interview with Bill George: True Leader: http://www.salesandmarketing.com/msg/content_display/incentive/e3i5f94aaae55a5d3db008e813d8c8c944a

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A Quote by Diane MacEachern on money, economy, market, women, and business

Women spend 80 cents of every dollar in the marketplace. We could be the most powerful force for economic and environmental change in the 21st century if we focused our money where it could make the biggest difference. If a million people did that, it would have a $1 billion impact.

Diane MacEachern

Source: A greener planet begins under the kitchen sink: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0412/p13s02-sten.html

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A Quote by Andrea Jung on women, business, employment, and entrepreneurship

The company was actually founded on creating earnings opportunities for women, even before it went into skincare, lipstick, and fragrance. The founding Avon principle, before women could vote and when basically only men were working, was to allow women to get out of their homes and to create an entrepreneurship opportunity for them.

That was very much ahead of its time back in the 1880s and, not surprisingly, it was met with some resistance. [I]f you fast forward to today and the fact that we're the single largest source of employment for women (broadly speaking, as the reps are independent contractors), we've been an important creator of entrepreneurship for women.

Andrea Jung

Source: For Avon, the 21st Century Is Calling: http://finance.yahoo.com/expert/article/leadership/47560

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A Quote by Carter Roberts on business, environment, products, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, the supply chain will include products from all around the world. Whether we’re talking about fabric made in China, soybeans grown in the Amazon, palm oil harvested in Indonesia, biofuels created in Africa—companies will have to know how their products and the raw materials they use in their operations are affecting places, people, biodiversity, and the environment.

Carter Roberts

Source: Stanford GSB News: Social Responsibility Is Now a Business Imperative: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/VonGugel_Roberts.html

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A Quote by Carter Roberts on environment, business, sustainability, and corporate social responsibility

My vision for saving the planet holds that you not only need to work with communities and governments but also the forces … that are driven largely by business. We will fail if we don’t change the behavior of business and how it touches the places we care about.

Carter Roberts

Source: Stanford GSB News: Social Responsibility Is Now a Business Imperative: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/VonGugel_Roberts.html

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A Quote by Jim Collins on business, people, team, and leadership

If I were running a company today, I would have one priority above all others: to acquire as many of the best people as I could. I'd put off everything else to fill my bus. Because things are going to come back. My flywheel is going to start to turn. And the single biggest constraint on the success of my organization is the ability to get and to hang on to enough of the right people.

Jim Collins

Source: Fast Company: Good to Great: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/51/goodtogreat.html

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A Quote by Robert Reich on work, employees, downsizing, workplace, and business

I think re-engineering or restructuring or downsizing or rightsizing or whatever you want to call it, it's basically firing, has gone way too far. Employees, as I've talked to them across the country, feel that they are not respected, they are not valued, they are worried about their jobs. They simply feel that the company is no longer loyal to them. Why should they be loyal to the company, they ask me. Why should I go the extra mile? Why should I care?

Robert Reich

Source: Frontline: Does America still work? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/america/interviews/reich.html

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A Quote by Carter Roberts on corporate social responsibility and business

Companies still thinking about the environment as a social responsibility rather than a business imperative are living in the dark ages.

Carter Roberts

Source: Stanford GSB News: Social Responsibility Is Now a Business Imperative: http://www.gsb.stanford.edu/news/headlines/VonGugel_Roberts.html

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A Quote by Robert Reich on business, capitalism, and good business

In the early 1970s, Milton Friedman argued that corporations should not be socially responsible because they had no mandate to be; they existed to make money, not to be charitable institutions. But in the economy of the 21st century, corporations cannot be socially responsible, if social responsibility is understood to mean sacrificing profits for the sake of some perceived social good. That's because competition has become so much more intense. As to the meaning of "corporate social responsibility," Friedman and I would agree: If a certain action improves the corporation's bottom line, there's no point in labeling it "socially responsible." It's just good business.

Robert Reich

Source: Forbes: Supercapitalism: Transforming Business: http://www.forbes.com/opinions/2007/09/06/book-qanda-reich-oped-cx_mw_0906reichqanda.html

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A Quote by Jeffrey Hollender on optimism, environment, business, insurance, global warming, climate change, and sustainability

Yes, I am optimistic about the environment. If you assume business is exerting the most negative influence on the environment and also has the possibility to impact it positively, there are a bunch of forces that are impacting business that are fundamentally different from the situation 3 or 4 years ago. There are pressures to be transparent that just didn't exist before and these pressures are coming from unlikely places, such as the insurance industry. In the most recent issue of The Ecologist, the editorial asked what is having the most positive impact on global warming. The answer is the insurance industry. Unlike the current administration, the insurance industry has made its mind up for reasons of self-preservation. For purely pragmatic reasons, they are increasing pressure on big business to reduce C02 emissions. In a similar way in Europe, the Association of Insurers has concluded that increased transparency is critical to understand the risk that an insurance company has in insuring a company. That pressure to provide that transparency in and of itself can cause change.

Jeffrey Hollender

Source: The Green Guide: Interview with Jeffrey Hollender: http://www.thegreenguide.com/doc/102/hollender

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