“I have found no greater satisfaction than achieving success through honest dealing and strict adherence to the view that, for you to gain, those you deal with should gain as well.” –Alan Greenspan
Alan Greenspan KBE is an American economist who served as Chairman of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006.
It is very easy when building and maintaining your business to become distracted and divert away from the core business values that you set out to achieve.
The Ethical Entrepreneur: Succeeding in Business Without Selling Your Soul by Paul Silberberg
This book is uniquely personal. It is both practical and inspirational. The author, Paul Silberberg, is a president of an elite financial services firm and he explains how the best investment you can make in your business is to implement an ethical business plan with which you invest in the bonding of relationships–your co-workers, employees, customers, and the community. Silberberg shares his experience and stories of how the founders and leaders of companies like Comcast, the Four Seasons, Vanguard, and the Home Depot have followed this concept with great success.
Silberberg also tells us why the best investment you can make is to create an ethical business plan-bolstering his case with humour, passion, offering practical guidance on philanthropy, with chapters on how to lead a successful fundraising campaign and how to create a family plan for charitable giving.
The Soul of a Business: Managing for Profit and the Common Good by Tom Chappell
In The Soul of a Business, Eco-entrepreneur and co-founder of Tom’s of Maine, the author offers his personal success story and an outline for a strong new management style that emphasizes spiritual values as the basis for commercial success. Reprint.
Chappell tells the story of developing a new management style, one that focuses on what he calls the “common good”–the good of the company, the employees, and the community the company serves. Chappell explains in detail and with clear examples how you can achieve excellence without needing to compromise personal values.
Putting Soul Into Business by Mary Anne Harmer and Tom Hering
The Benefit Corporation movement is a type of corporate entity that is required by law to create a material, positive impact on its employees and customers, society, and the environment while still making a profit.
The book explores the concept and explains why you should embrace this entity for your own business as well as strategies on how to do it using real-world examples.
“Putting Soul Into Business” is the book to not only show why you should embrace this entity for your own business but how to do it. Along the way, you’ll read about companies both large and small and learn about their decisions to become a Benefit Corporation.
You will learn: – Why the Benefit Corporation is such a powerful business model as consumers demand it – What’s the difference between B Corps, Benefit Corporations and Benefit Companies (Yes, they are all different) – How the Triple Bottom Line is driving the future of business – Why Millennials and Boomers will determine which businesses survive – A simple “acid test” to take and decide if you’re ready to become a Benefit Corporation – Plus, 11 interviews with leaders of Benefit.
Discovering the Soul of Service by Leonard L. Berry
In Discovering the Soul of Service, author Leonard L. Berry shows how flourishing service companies can sustain their success. Focusing on 14 companies that stand out from the pack, including Rent-a-Car and Midwest Express Airlines, Berry identifies nine core values of sustainable success for any service organisation.
The single most important factor in building a lasting service business, Berry found, are humane values. Values-driven leadership, he argues, enables employees to realise their full potential as individuals inside and outside of the company. Blending existing academic research with new observations, insights, and examples from field research on the best service organisations, Berry finds that the components of sustainable success in labour-intensive service businesses are common across disparate industries. For managers everywhere, Berry demonstrates the ‘grand possibilities accompanying leadership with heart.’
The Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Successful Groups
What do Pixar, Google and the San Antonio Spurs basketball team have in common? The answer is that they all owe their extraordinary success to their team-building skills.
In The Culture Code, Daniel Coyle, New York Times bestselling author of The Talent Code, goes inside some of the most effective organisations in the world and reveals their secrets. He not only explains what makes such groups tick but also identifies the key factors that can generate team cohesion in any walk of life. He examines the verbal and physical cues that bring people together. He determines specific strategies that encourage collaboration and build trust. And he offers cautionary tales of toxic cultures and advises how to reform them, above all demonstrating the extraordinary achievements that result when we know how to cooperate effectively.
Combining cutting-edge science, on-the-ground insight and practical ideas for action, The Culture Code is a ground-breaking exploration of how the best groups operate that will change the way we think and work together.