Good Company

Good Company

by Arthur M Blank


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Featuring an introduction by President Jimmy Carter

The Home Depot cofounder and owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons and MLS's Atlanta United shares a vision and a roadmap for values-based business.

Arthur M. Blank believes that for good companies, purpose and profit can-and should-go hand in hand. And he should know. Together with cofounder Bernie Marcus, Blank built The Home Depot from an idea and a dream to a $50 billion-dollar company, the leading home improvement retailer in the world. And even while opening a new store every 42 hours, they never lost sight of their commitment to care for their people and communities. In fact, in 2001, The Home Depot was voted America's most socially responsible company.

Blank left The Home Depot that same year with a burning question: Could the values and culture that made that company great be replicated? Good Company takes readers inside the story of how he did just that-turning around a struggling NFL team, rebooting a near-bankrupt retail chain, building a brand-new stadium, revitalizing a blighted neighborhood, launching a startup soccer club, and more.

"When good companies put the wellbeing of their customers, their associates, and their communities first, financial success will follow," Blank writes. "The entrepreneurs and business leaders of today and tomorrow have an extraordinary opportunity: to prove that through upholding values we can create value-for the company, for the customer, and for the community."

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062974921
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/15/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 8,111
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Arthur M. Blank is a co-founder of the The Home Depot, which he retired from in 2001. He is currently the owner of the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, MLS's Atlanta United, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, PGA TOUR Superstore, Mountain Sky, West Creek and Paradise Valley Ranches, and the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. A successful businessman, community leader, and philanthropist, Blank lives in Georgia with his family. 

Table of Contents

Foreword President Jimmy Carter ix

Acknowledgments xiii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Family Business 7

Chapter 2 Everything Changes but the Values 23

Chapter 3 You're Only as Good as Your People 45

Chapter 4 The Best Think Tank Any Company Could Ask For 63

Chapter 5 Going the Extra Two Inches 79

Chapter 6 Good Companies Make Good Neighbors 105

Chapter 7 You Always Get More Than You Give 131

Chapter 8 We Want the Wheels to Wobble (a Little) 149

Chapter 9 Walk in Their Shoes 181

Chapter 10 From Protest to Progress 199

Epilogue You Only Pass Through Once 219

Photo Credits 228

Notes 229

Index 233

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