Moh’d is holding the book of the month, Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, and I took the picture. Juan is sitting in the middle, and we were at the Michigan News Agency. Juan and I convinced Moh’d that it is an interesting book to read and we all plan to finish (and start) it!
It’s funny how much we didn’t talk directly about the book, and none of us finished reading it, yet we still had a great discussion. The main point started with what capitalism is, how there is “crony” capitalism, according to the authors, and what they mean by “conscious” capitalism. According to one of the handouts about the book, “Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation.”
The book has been reviewed quite a bit. If you would like to check out the resources, please click this link.
One of my favorite listings on the website for the organization was titled “Notable Quotations” which I have copied here, and bolded one that I read out loud to discuss:
“People are most fulfilled and happiest when their work is aligned with their own inner passions. Personal passion, corporate purpose, and business performance all go together.”
“Conscious businesses think caringly, creatively, and strategically about the environment. They consider it one of the company’s key stakeholders and treat it with the same respect and attention they give to the others.”
“Purpose-driven motivation is intrinsic motivation and is far more effective and powerful than extrinsic financial incentives.”
“Conscious leaders are usually strong individuals who possess exceptional moral courage and are able to withstand constant scrutiny and criticism from those who view business in a more traditional and narrow manner.”
“Together we create our future reality, so we should do so consciously, collaboratively, and responsibly.”
Stacy (a.k.a. “Book Lady”)