conscious business

A Quote by Fred Kofman on conscious business and conscious capitalism

Now,the truth is that in order to make more money,I believe you have to face what’s really going on,you have to share truthful information,and you have to bring the conflicts to the surface and deal with them creatively and respectfully. You don’t have a choice. Your only other choice is not to be as effective or as profitable as you could be.

My private agenda was to suggest that in order to make money you have to serve other people – for me that’s the beauty of conscious capitalism. The essence of business is to serve the customer and give the customer more value than the cost of your product – or more value than what they have to pay to acquire your product or service. So the key is not so much what you are doing,but how you are doing it.

Fred Kofman

Source: Sounds True Interview with Fred Kofman: http://store.soundstrue.com/interview-kofman.html

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A Quote by Fred Kofman on business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, and work

What would a conscious business environment look like?

The most significant observation would be the total absence of abuse,shame,and threat. People would take responsibility for their behavior and deal with each other honestly and respectfully. They would hold themselves and each other accountable for adhering to some set of agreed-upon values and for working toward an agreed-upon vision. Deviations and errors would be an opportunity for learning and growth,rather than an excuse for blame and punishment.

There would still be problems,people that don’t get along,and losses. A conscious business environment is not a Garden of Eden where everything is always blissful. The marketplace is a turbulent place with no guarantees of success. The main difference displayed by a conscious business environment is that in addition to the drive to achieve their goals,people would experience also the commitment to operate according to their values. This commitment is the source of unconditional dignity that would give the organization and its members a core of luminosity from which to extend into the world.

A conscious business environment would be a challenge,an invitation to develop people’s physical,emotional,mental,and spiritual spheres. The conscious organization is a crucible where people refine themselves through service and partnership. As Khalil Gibran would say,a conscious business is a place where it becomes obvious that work is “love made visible.”

Fred Kofman

Source: Sounds True Interview with Fred Kofman: http://store.soundstrue.com/interview-kofman.html

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

I had always tried to live my life fairly simply and by 1991, knowing what I knew about the state of the environment, I had begun to eat lower on the food chain and reduce my consumption of material goods. Doing risk sports had taught me another important lesson: never exceed your limits. You push the envelope and you live for those moments when you’re right on the edge, but you don’t go over. You have to be true to yourself; you have to know your strengths and limitations and live within your means. The same is true for a business. The sooner a company tries to be what it is not, the sooner it tries to “have it all,” the sooner it will die.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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A Quote by Yvon Chouinard on business, conscious business, conscious capitalism, ethics, values, and philosophy

While our managers debated what steps to take to address the sales and cash-flow crisis, I began to lead week-long employee seminars in what we called Philosophies. We’d take a busload at a time to places like Yosemite or the Marin Headlands above San Francisco, camp out, and gather under the trees to talk. The goal was to teach every employee in the company our business and environmental ethics and values.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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

I took a dozen of our top managers to Argentina, to the windswept mountains of the real Patagonia, for a walkabout. In the course of roaming around those wild lands, we asked ourselves why we were in business and what kind of business we wanted Patagonia to be. A billion-dollar company? Okay, but not if it meant we had to make products we couldn’t be proud of. And we discussed what we could do to help stem the environmental harm we caused as a company. We talked about the values we had in common, and the shared culture that had brought everyone to Patagonia, Inc., and not another company.

Yvon Chouinard

Source: Patagonia: Let My People Go Surfing: http://www.patagonia.com/usa/patagonia.go?assetid=5625

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A Quote by Steve Case on philanthropy, altriusm, entrepreneurs, conscious business, and busines

I do think that people have an obligation to give back but that doesn't necessarily mean that you give back just the traditional way. Maybe there's new ways to give back and make a contribution. I'm looking forward to some mix of philanthropy -- maybe through a somewhat different prism -- as well as helping entrepreneurs build some significant new businesses.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Steve Case on social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, entrepreneurship, conscious business, business, and entrepreneurs

You can be entrepreneurial even if you don't want to be in business. You can be a social entrepreneur focused on the not-for-profit sector. You can be an agriculture entrepreneur if you want to change how people think about farming. You can be a policy entrepreneur if you want to go into government. The idea of an entrepreneur is really thinking out of the box and taking risks and stepping up to major challenges. Trying to instill that sense of entrepreneurship in areas other than business is one of the areas I want to focus on in the years ahead.

Steve Case

Source: Academy of Achievement: Steve Case Interview: http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/cas1int-1

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, corporations, and innovation

I hope corporations will dedicate a percentage of their top innovators' time to issues that could help people left out of the global economy. This kind of contribution is even more powerful than giving cash or offering employees' time off to volunteer. It is a focused use of what your company does best. It is a great form of creative capitalism, because it takes the brainpower and makes life better for the richest, and dedicates some of it to improving the lives of everyone else.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, creative capitalism, corporations, poverty, and social enterprise

We are living in a phenomenal age. If we can spend the early decades of the 21st century finding approaches that meet the needs of the poor in ways that generate profits and recognition for business, we will have found a sustainable way to reduce poverty in the world.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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A Quote by Bill Gates on business, capitalism, conscious capitalism, conscious business, and creative capitalism

Why do people benefit in inverse proportion to their need? Well, market incentives make that happen.

In a system of capitalism, as people's wealth rises, the financial incentive to serve them rises. As their wealth falls, the financial incentive to serve them falls, until it becomes zero. We have to find a way to make the aspects of capitalism that serve wealthier people serve poorer people as well.

The genius of capitalism lies in its ability to make self-interest serve the wider interest. The potential of a big financial return for innovation unleashes a broad set of talented people in pursuit of many different discoveries. This system, driven by self-interest, is responsible for the incredible innovations that have improved so many lives.

But to harness this power so it benefits everyone, we need to refine the system.

Bill Gates

Source: Bill Gates: World Economic Forum 2008: http://www.microsoft.com/Presspass/exec/billg/speeches/2008/01-24WEFDavos.mspx

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