Book Reviews

Peak Book Review

PEAK
How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow

By Chip Conley

(Revised and Updated) Copyright 2017
Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Hoboken, New Jersey

Review Written by Evelyn Neis

    Chip Conley advises organizations to review and consider changing their traditional management and business practices in order to remain relevant in the 21st century.

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Firms of Endearment Book Review

Firms of Endearment: How World-Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose

By: Rajendra S. Sisodia, Jagdish N. Sheth, and the Estate of David Wolfe

Pearson Education, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey – Copyright 2014

Review Written by Evelyn Neis

This book shares the business practices of 28 companies (public and private) that have made a conscious choice to go beyond a shareholder/profit only focus to one that includes appreciating the relationship of their business to all its stakeholders equally.

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Doughnut Economics Book Review

7 Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist

By: Kate Raworth

Chelsea Green Publishing White River Junction, Vermont – Copyright 2017

Review Written by Evelyn Neis

Kate Raworth is an English Economist and has been on the advisory boards of many institutions throughout the world.  She has BA’s in politics, philosophy and economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development from Oxford University.

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Everybody Matters (The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family)

By: Bob Chapman, CEO of Barry-Wehmiller and Raj Sisodia, coauthor of Conscious Capitalism

Published by Portfolio/Penguin, New York, New York | Copyright 2015

Review Author: Evelyn Neis

If you are getting ready to become an entrepreneur, have recently started a business, represent leadership in an existing business- large or small, this book is full of practical suggestions and wisdom on how to grow and maintain a thriving organization.

If you are an employee participant of any of the above-listed types of organizations, this book provides practical information  and wisdom on how you may be able to improve your role within the operation or help you decide if it’s time to consider moving on in order to find a position that more closely aligns with your career goals and desired work environment.

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Book Review: The Purpose Project (a handbook for bringing meaning to life at work) by Carolyn Tate

Conscious Capitalism is a philosophy about capitalism that reflects the potential of businesses to make a positive impact on the world. They do this through cultivating four tenets within their businesses: Higher Purpose, Stakeholder Orientation, Conscious Leadership, and Conscious Culture. Carolyn Tate is a founding member of Conscious Capitalism Australia.

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Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach by R. Edward Freeman

Conscious Capitalism, Inc. became a formal organization in 2010.  A chronological history of the movement begins with a reference to the 1984 publishing of Freeman’s book, Strategic Management: A Stakeholder Approach.  Stakeholder Orientation is one of the four tenets of Conscious Capitalism.  Per the Conscious Capitalism website, conscious businesses focus on their whole business ecosystem creating and optimizing value for all of their stakeholders, understanding that strong and engaged stakeholders lead to a healthy, sustainable, resilient business.

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