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A Quote by Bill Taylor on education, good business, and pixar

Thanks to Pixar University, employees learn to see the company's work (and their colleagues) in a new light. "The skills we develop are skills we need everywhere in the organization," Nelson said. "Why teach drawing to accountants? Because drawing class doesn't just teach people to draw. It teaches them to be more observant. There's no company on earth that wouldn't benefit from having people become more observant."

That helps to explain why the Pixar University crest bears the Latin inscription, Alienus Non Diutius. Translation: alone no longer. "It's the heart of our model," Randy Nelson says, "giving people opportunities to fail together and to recover from mistakes together."

That’s not how most of Hollywood does it—which helps to explain why Pixar does so well. How are you changing the game in your field? What is your distinctive take on how your industry operates? Do you work as distinctively as you compete?

Bill Taylor

Source: Pixar's Blockbuster Secrets: http://discussionleader.hbsp.com/taylor/2008/07/pixar_rulessecrets_of_a_blockb.html

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A Quote by Jeffrey Hollender on corporate social responsibility, business, and good business

I think that today, more so than ever, corporate responsibility is the best strategic as well as financial path that most businesses can follow. For most businesses there are both compelling reasons to be responsible and compelling statistics that validate that responsible businesses do better according to traditional financial metrics. Of course, how you define "responsible" is somewhat of a conundrum.

Jeffrey Hollender

Source: Meet the MasterMinds: Jeffrey Hollender on Corporate Social Responsibility: http://www.managementconsultingnews.com/interviews/hollender_interview.php

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A Quote by Ray Anderson on business, good business, conscious capitalism, profit, and corporate social responsibility

The status quo is a very powerful opiate and when you have a system that seems to be working and producing profits by the conventional way of accounting for profits. It’s very hard to make yourself change. But we all know that change is an inevitable part of business. Once you have ridden a wave just so far, you have to get another wave. We all know that. For us, becoming restorative has been that new wave and we have been riding it for 13 years now. It’s been incredibly good for business.

Ray Anderson

Source: Ray Anderson on conquering Mount Sustainability: http://www.greenlivingonline.com/Business/ray-anderson-conquering-mount-sustainability-and-inspiring-us-along-the-way/

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A Quote by Bill Drayton on for-profit, non-profit, social enterprise, social entrepreneurship, conscious capitalism, good business, and financing

We need to reverse three centuries of walling the for-profit and non-profit sectors off from one another. When you think for-profit and non-profit, you most often think of entities with either zero social return or zero return on capital and zero social return. Clearly, there's some opportunity in the spectrum between those extremes. What's missing is the for-profit finance industry coming in to that area. Look at the enormous diversity of the for-profit financial industry as opposed to monolithic nature of the non-profit world; it's quite astonishing.

Bill Drayton

Source: Q&A: Bill Drayton - Ashoka - Social Capitalism: http://www.fastcompany.com/social/2008/articles/bill-drayton.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 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 Larry Brilliant on google, truthfulness, integrity, and good business

Google’s a strange place. When I met Eric Schmidt, he said, “If you are kind to everybody, then you will make good decisions because people will give you good information, and if you are truthful to everybody, they will be truthful to you.” That’s what’s different about Google. They screw up and make mistakes, but they genuinely mean the good stuff about “don’t be evil.”

Larry Brilliant

Source: Wired: Feeling Lucky: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.07/brilliant.html

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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 Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on jobs, work, and good business

Our jobs determine to a large extent what our lives are like. Is what you do for a living making you ill? Does it keep you from becoming a more fully realized person? Do you feel ashamed of what you have to do at work? All too often, the answer to such questions is yes. Yet it does not have to be like that. Work can be one of the most joyful, most fulfilling aspects of life. Whether it will be or not depends on the actions we collectively take.

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 3

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