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A Quote by William McDonough on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, business, eco-efficient, eco-effective, and ecology

Peter Drucker has pointed out that it is a manager's job to "do things right." It is an executive's job to make sure "the right things" get done. Even the most rigorous eco-efficient business paradigm does not challenge basic practices and methods: a shoe, building, factory, car, or shampoo can remain fundamentally ill-designed even as the materials and processes involved in its manufacture become more "efficient." Our concept of eco-effectiveness means working on the right things -- on the right products and services and systems -- instead of making the wrong things less bad. Once you are doing the right things, then doing them "right," with the help of efficiency among other tools, makes perfect sense.

William McDonough

Source: Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things

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A Quote by Larry Brilliant on people manager, leadership, skills, and business

If there's a big problem and you've got the right people with you, usually the answer emerges and you do what's the obvious thing to do. I don't think of myself as some great manager or great leader. I've been very lucky to be in the positions that I've been in. I meet a lot of people and I've grown a lot of companies, and I meet a lot of CEOs at big enterprises. I'm always so surprised at how much they seem to know. It doesn't always seem to be correlated to how well they actually do. My experience is that people who are modest and who appreciate the value and the contributions of others do a lot better than those who are constantly reaffirming what they think are their own skill sets.

Larry Brilliant

Source: A Life of Service: Conversation with Larry Brilliant, M.D.: http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/Elberg/Brilliant/brilliant-con4.html

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A Quote by Jim Sinegal on conscious business and business

Driving stock up from one day to the next is not what we are about. We are about building a good company and performing for the long term. I know everyone says that, that sounds trite when I repeat it that way, but that is and has always been our attitude about our business. If we do the right things, the stock price will take care of itself, and our shareholders will be rewarded.

Jim Sinegal

Source: The Motley Fool: The CEO Behind Costco: http://www.fool.com/investing/high-growth/2005/01/18/the-ceo-behind-costco.aspx

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A Quote by Richard Branson on passion, business, and enterpreneurship

Ideally, since 80 percent of your life is spent working, you should start your business around something that is a passion of yours. If you're into kite-surfing and you want to become an entrepreneur, do it with kite-surfing.

Look, if you can indulge in your passion, life will be far more interesting than if you're just working. You'll work harder at it, and you'll know more about it. But first you must go out and educate yourself on whatever it is that you've decided to do - know more about kite-surfing than anyone else. That's where the work comes in. But if you're doing things you're passionate about, that will come naturally.

Richard Branson

Source: Business 2.0: Branson's Next Big Bet: http://money.cnn.com/magazines/business2/business2_archive/2006/08/01/8382250/

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A Quote by Jim Sinegal on people, work, jobs, career, business, and conscious busines

Our attitude has always been that if you hire good people and provide good wages and good jobs and more than that -- if you provide careers -- that good things will happen to your company. I think we can say that that has been proved by the quality of people that we have and how they have built our organization.

Jim Sinegal

Source: The Motley Fool: Costco's Competitive Secret: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2006/06/14/costcos-competitive-secret.aspx

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on sustainability, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and business

I always make the business case for sustainability. It’s so compelling. Our costs are down, not up. Our products are the best they have ever been. Our people are motivated by a shared higher purpose — esprit de corps to die for. And the goodwill in the marketplace — it’s just been astonishing.

Ray Anderson

Source: NYTimes: Ray Anderson: Executive on a Mission: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/22/science/earth/22ander.html

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A Quote by Jeff Skoll on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, and conscious business

Business skills, when well applied, can do more than just make money. They can potentially make money and do some real good, which is immensely satisfying. To do that, it's important to think outside the box, take risks, and be an entrepreneur.

Jeff Skoll

Source: BusinessWeek: An Entrepreneur Who Cares: http://www.businessweek.com/bschools/content/jun2005/bs20050616_5577_bs001.htm

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on work, business, conscious business, good business, conscious capitalism, job, and environment

I used to think that my job didn't have anything to do with the environment. Then I realized that my job, as well as everyone else's job, impacts the environment in some way. And now advocating for sustainability has become my No. 1 responsibility.

Ray Anderson

Source: Grist: Ray Matter: http://www.grist.org/comments/interactivist/2004/11/08/anderson/

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A Quote by Marc Benioff on business, good business, conscious business, employees, work, balance, and values

I believe a balanced life is essential, and I try to make sure that all of our employees know that and live that way. It’s crucial to me as a manager that I help ensure that our employees are as successful as our customers and partners.

I also think that employees these days expect less of a separation of work and personal life. That doesn’t mean that work tasks should encroach upon our personal time, but it does mean that employees today expect more from the companies for whom they work. Why shouldn’t your workplace reflect your values? Why is "giving back" not a part of our jobs? The answer for us is to integrate philanthropy with work.

When I explain our company values and the foundation to prospective employees, they realize that they have an opportunity to do much more than change the way businesses manage and share information. When you take a workforce of smart, creative, dedicated people and say "take this company time to serve your community, and bring along your coworkers, customers, and partners" great things happen.

Marc Benioff

Source: Interview with Marc Benioff: http://www.sonshi.com/benioff.html

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A Quote by Shelly Lazarus on customers, marketing, and business

We're living in a world now where consumers are bombarded with thousands of commercial messages - they're everywhere you look. Unless you can cut through that and engage someone, I think you are lost. Consumers are now clearly in control. They control what they hear and see, when, and where. You have to find ways to allow them to actively engage with you, or the money you spend is wasted.

Shelly Lazarus

Source: Interview with Ogilvy and Mather CEO Shelly Lazarus: http://money.cnn.tv/magazines/fortune/fortune_archive/2007/09/17/100258877/index.htm

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