A Quote by Peter Barnes on triple bottom line, shareholders, business, capitalism, profit, and corporation

It is possible for a company to pursue multiple bottom lines if it’s closely held by a group of like-minded shareholders--that was the case at my former company, Working Assets. But once a corporation goes public--that is, sells stock to strangers—the die is pretty much cast. Strangers want a stock that will rise when they plunk down their money, and profit is the sure path to doing that. It’s just a matter of time, then, until the profit-maximizing algorithm kicks in.

Peter Barnes

Source: Capitalism 3.0: A Guide to Reclaiming the Commons (BK Currents), Pages: 53-54

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A Quote by Jim Hightower on greed, profit, corporation, business ethics, and ethics

"The corporation cannot be ethical, its only responsibility is to make a profit."

Jim Hightower

Source: Thieves in High Places: They've Stolen Our Country--And It's Time to Take It Back, Pages: 6

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A Quote by george soros on profit, money, business efficiency, and profit-making

...The market is a hard task master: It does not allow either self-indulgence or consideration for others. What others think of you matters, but the results--measured by and objective criterion, money--matters more. Having an objective criterion encourages objective performance. That is what makes financial markets so efficient.: they turn people into profit-making machines. That has its merits, but a society dominated by financial markets could easily become inhuman. this is not a flight of fancy but a present danger.

george soros

Source: Open Society: Reforming Global Capitalism, Pages: 36

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A Quote by John Mackey on business, conscious capitalism, purpose, customers, and profit

But we have not achieved our tremendous increase in shareholder value by making shareholder value the primary purpose of our business. In my marriage, my wife's happiness is an end in itself, not merely a means to my own happiness; love leads me to put my wife's happiness first, but in doing so I also make myself happier. Similarly, the most successful businesses put the customer first, ahead of the investors. In the profit-centered business, customer happiness is merely a means to an end: maximizing profits. In the customer-centered business, customer happiness is an end in itself, and will be pursued with greater interest, passion, and empathy than the profit-centered business is capable of.

John Mackey

Source: Rethinking the Social Responsibility of Business:

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A Quote by Ludwig von Mises on entrepreneurship, entrepreneur, profit, economy, and money

The only source from which an entrepreneurs profits stem is his ability to anticipate better than other people the future demand of the consumers.

Ludwig von Mises

Source: Human Action: A Treatise on Economics (Scholars Edition), Pages: 288

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A Quote by Steve Pavlina on passion, profit, and conscious capitalism

Do what you love, but be damned sure it's profitable. If you do work you love, but it doesn't generate income, your business will fail.  If you do work you hate, but it generates income, your health will fail… and your business along with it.  If you can't do what you love and make it profitable, you've either got a hobby or a headache, not a sustainable business.  Don't settle for anything less than passion and profit.

Steve Pavlina

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A Quote by Mitch on cut corners, undermine, ego, and profit

When you cut corners or when you undermine others for the sake of ego or profit, you are only hurting yourself.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

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A Quote by Niccoló Machiavelli on difficult, doubtful, success, dangerous, initiate, new order, reformer, enemies, profit, old order, defenders, fear, adversaries, laws, incredulity, mankind, believe, and experience

There is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things.  For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit by the new order, this lukewarmness arising partly from fear of their adversaries, who have the laws in their favour; and partly from the incredulity of mankind, who do not truly believe in anything new until they have had the actual experience of it.

Niccolo Machiavelli (1469 - 1527)

Source: The Prince (Dover Thrift Editions)

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A Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on profit, business, purpose, service, excellence, and creativity

When each of these three elements of vision--concern for excellence, for people and for the wider environment--are present, business is transformed from a tool for making profits into a creative, humane experiment for improving life.     

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Source: Good Business : Leadership, Flow, and the Making of Meaning, Pages: 199

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A Quote by Michael Josephson on business, ethics, imagination, justice, and profit

There's no such thing as business ethics; there's just ethics. And ethics makes no concessions for the real or imagined necessities of making a profit.

Michael Josephson

Contributed by: Zaady

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