business

A Quote by Seth Goldman on entrepreneurs, entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, business, and passion

As the year draws to an end, I face a question that annually lurks in the back of my mind, (and I suspect in the minds of most entrepreneurs), "Do I have the energy and passion for another year?" Though someone from the outside might assume the answer is always, "Yes," people on the outside tend to glamorize the real work of leading a mission-driven company. I encounter so many job applicants drawn to Honest Tea because they want to change the way business is done -- organics, Fair Trade, healthier products, bikes for employees -- but then when they find out the way to make that all real is by walking in the rain lugging 50 pounds of heavy bottles or standing in the hot sun giving out samples, they find out they aren't quite as entrepreneurial as they thought they were. (Internally we say their "Kumbaya factor" isn't as big as their "Get it Done" factor.)

Seth Goldman

Source: The Mission Driven Business: Are We Willing to Give Up Growth for Mission?: http://blog.inc.com/the-mission-driven-business/2007/12/as_the_year_draws_to.html

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A Quote by Seth Goldman on business, change, and companies

When we look at how change happens in the business world, it usually comes from two different kinds of business: Those, usually smaller, companies that take big risks and, when they succeed, inspire others to follow. Or the larger companies that gain inspiration from the smaller pioneering changemakers and through their scale make even more change happen.

Seth Goldman

Source: The Mission Driven Business: Are We Willing to Give Up Growth for Mission?: http://blog.inc.com/the-mission-driven-business/2007/12/as_the_year_draws_to.html

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, environment, conscious capitalism, and sustainability

What they don't realize is that I'm not in the business to make clothes. I'm not in the business to make more money for myself, for Christ's sake. This is the reason Patagonia exists -- to put into action the recommendations I read about in books to avoid environmental collapse. That's the reason I'm in business -- to try to clean up our own act, and try to influence other companies to do the right thing, and try to influence our customers to do the right thing. So we're not going to change. They can go buy from somewhere else if they don't like it.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Grist: Don't Get Mad, Get Yvon: http://www.grist.org/news/maindish/2004/10/22/little-chouinard/

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A Quote by Joanna Meiseles on mission, vision, purpose, culture, and business

There are many tools available to help write a mission or vision statement, but I think it's often best to keep it simple -- one or two sentences -- and describe why the business exists. What is the core value or the daily purpose? Write it down and share it with everyone! Next, create an employee manual that reflects the culture.

Joanna Meiseles

Source: Six Keys to Running a Successful Business: http://www.inc.com/gems/blog/2007/11/six_keys_to_running_a_successf.html

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A Quote by Joanna Meiseles on employees, business, recruitment, and team

What do the best college sports teams do? Recruit the best players all the time! When a business is short-staffed, that is the worst time to recruit because you are desperate. It is much better to recruit and network all the time, so the pipeline is full when you need it. Just like college sports teams, when you recruit the best you get a reputation for excellence and great players (employees) want to be on your team. Recruiting gets a whole lot easier when you have a reputation for being a great place to work.

Joanna Meiseles

Source: Six Keys to Running a Successful Business: http://www.inc.com/gems/blog/2007/11/six_keys_to_running_a_successf.html

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A Quote by Michael Ray, Ph.D. on leadership, organization, business, principles, integrity, and creativity

Executives run organizations. In business, we need executives who have clarity, people who are in touch with themselves. Then, in leadership and management positions, they can be good role models and leaders. The people I know who have really moved their organizations are scrupulous role models. They are so clear about honesty, integrity, openness, mutual self-respect, dignity for the individual, and creativity, that they don't deviate from these principles at all in their behavior. And by doing that they generate the same kind of behavior in their organization. In that way, organizations are just like families. If you don't show complete respect or openness, it causes the same kind of Negative Love reactions in people in business as occurs in families.

Michael Ray, Ph.D.

Source: SELF-LOVE: The Ultimate Business Tool: http://www.hoffmaninstitute.org/interviews-articles/interviews/career/ray.html

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A Quote by Caterina on business, play, and flickr

If the business were a play, Act One is: Woohoo, bright and bushy-tailed. We're going to make something great! Act Two is: We're six months behind on back-end development. We're trying to raise venture capital. We're trying to figure out what furniture we should sell to make payroll.

Caterina Fake

Source: How We Did It: Stewart Butterfield and Caterina Fake, Co-founders, Flickr: http://www.inc.com/magazine/20061201/hidi-butterfield-fake.html

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A Quote by Jeff Immelt on customers, coaching, leadership, and business

You can't delegate growth or customer satisfaction. I'm spending four or five days a month with customers. Twice every month, I do town-hall meetings with several hundred customers to share ideas on GE's direction and listen to their thoughts on what we can do better. And we're doing what I call dreaming sessions with key customer groups, trying to think about where our business and their business will be in 5 or 10 years. I'm probably spending 30% of the time on people, teaching and coaching. I'm using 10% of my time on governance, working with the board, meeting with investors. The rest would be time spent on the plumbing of the company, working on operating reviews and strategy sessions.

Jeff Immelt

Source: Fast Company Interview: Jeff Immelt: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/96/jeff-immelt.html

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A Quote by Neale Donald Walsch on differences, religion, government, business, peace, path, journey, and choices

We are all one.  Ours is not a better way, ours is merely another way. 

Neale Donald Walsch

Source: Friendship with God: An Uncommon Dialogue

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

What’s exciting is that our clients are ever changing. We take this very seriously and it is our priority to continuously evolve alongside them while providing them with the heart and soul of their business – their people.

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

Contributed by: ~C4Chaos

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