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Integritive’s Summer Reading List

At integritive, we know that in order to be at our best we must constantly be learning and growing. We asked our team to pick out some of their favorite and most inspirational books and would like to pass them on to our readers. If you’re looking for some summer reading, skip over the pop fiction and give one of these a try!

The Carolina Way

The Carolina Way

Dean Smith

Dean Smith was the University of North Carolina’s basketball coach for forty years. During this time he won more games (875) than any other coach in college-basketball history. In this book he discusses his coaching philosophy and how it can be applied to leadership in readers’ everyday lives. Using a wry sense of humor and real-life stories, he explores teamwork, winning, losing, planning for the future, building confidence and setting goals. Whether it’s on or off the basketball court, this book offers plenty of insight for leading any team to success.

Tough Times Never Last

Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do!

Robert H. Schuller

This book shows you how to build a postive self-image, no matter what your issues are. Whether it’s unemployment, poor health, loneliness, fear or anything else standing in your way, Dr. Schuller will show you how to turn your negatives into positives and help you get through any tough time.

Feel the Fear

Feel the Fear…and Do It Anyway

Susan Jeffers

Using her own personal life, Susan Jeffers explains the crippling effects of fear and how she formulated a course of action to conquer it. She states that fear is the uncertainty of change and the lack of positive self image, and that our choices are not opportunities to make mistakes, but paths to growth. This book will help you grab ahold of your fears and move forward in your life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Conscious Capitalism Thrives in Today’s Business Climate

“Together we create our future reality, so we should do so consciously, collaboratively, and responsibly.”

-John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods

Today’s business climate is changing.  More and more businesses are looking to make money while making a difference.  To do good.  Through this creation of a new business model, one that provides profit and meaning to all of us…to our employees and our customers has arrived on the scene.  Conscious Capitalism.

It was one of the founding principles of integritive and so seems for John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods. His new book Conscious Capitalism helps shed more light on a growing trend in business.

The purveyors of Conscious Capitalism focus on purpose as well as profit.  They understand that business is connected to the community and they strive to create meaning within their business.  By focusing on their entire business ecosystem, these companies are able to create value for all of their stakeholders, understanding that strong and engaged stakeholders lead to a healthy and sustainable business.

The Container Store is one example of conscious capitalism in action.  Their culture is built on their employees, their community, their vendors, and the environment.  They call them their “Foundation Principles.”

One such principle:

“Fill the other guy’s basket to the brim.  Making money then becomes an easy proposition.”    -Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist

This principle is the Golden Rule of business for The Container Store. “With this sentiment guiding us, The Container Store has been successful in creatively crafting mutually beneficial relationships with our vendors by doing everything possible to truly ‘fill their baskets to the brim.’ We know that in return, our business and our bottom line will benefit as well.”

By looking for, and finding, the win-win in every business decision, we push ourselves a little farther, raise the bar a little higher, and make the outcomes a lot stronger. Mackey asserts, and we agree, that there doesn’t have to be a win-lose scenario, where one party gets more than the other. If care and thoughtfulness are applied, both parties win, as well as the greater community.

Here’s to the really big win!

Synopsis from Amazon.com (not an affiliate link)

“We believe that business is good because it creates value, it is ethical because it is based on voluntary exchange, it is noble because it can elevate our existence, and it is heroic because it lifts people out of poverty and creates prosperity. Free-enterprise capitalism is the most powerful system for social cooperation and human progress ever conceived. It is one of the most compelling ideas we humans have ever had. But we can aspire to something even greater.” —From the Conscious Capitalism Credo

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The New Leadership Paradigm: An Interview with Richard Barrett

Richard Barrett of the Barrett Values Centre talks about his new book, The New Leadership Paradigm. More than “just another book on business leadership,” Richard’s insights give us a unique view on how to approach leadership in all aspects of life and how to lead from a full spectrum of consciousness. “The New Leadership Paradigm is one that embraces the global common good, rather than individual self-interest.”

After you’ve watched the interview, check out the website for more information.

http://www.newleadershipparadigm.com/

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Marketing to the Minority: When Cultural Vestiges Suddenly Gain New Life

Hello, Ms. Muscle Car. Hi there, Mr. Vinyl Enthusiast. And let’s not forget you, Mrs. Photo Album “Of-The-Old-School-Polaroid” Variety.

It seems many of us, in one way or another, are currently obsessed with cultural vestiges—or, more plainly, those things we cherish and hold onto, despite the fact technology has clearly surpassed them in any number of ways. In fact, before we go further, let’s agree a “vestige” is defined as a trace of something that is disappearing (Thanks for that definition, Dictionary.com. I remember as a student having to lug around your more traditional five lb. brother, Webster’s Unabridged.)

Technology is moving so mind-numbingly fast these days that vestiges of a simpler time are popping up more and more frequently—and they often have such a high degree of sentimentality attached to them, they manage to quietly thrive. That sentimentality is often bound to fierce loyalty, and when that loyalty itself is connected to disposable income, you have a significant business opportunity your company may be missing out on.

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Read this book.

“When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.”

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New Orleans victory in the Super Bowl got me thinking about that great city and one of the greatest reads of all time. Confederacy of Dunces. Read it with a warm beignet and a hot coffee or a cart-load of hotdogs.

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