The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World

The Healing Organization: Awakening the Conscience of Business to Help Save the World

by Raj Sisodia, Michael J. Gelb


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The image of modern corporations has been shaped by a focus on profits over people and the environment, but this approach to capitalism is no longer viable. We are at an inflection point where business must take the lead in healing the crises of our time. The Healing Organization shows how corporations can become healing forces.

Conscious Capitalism pioneer Raj Sisodia and organizational innovation expert Michael J. Gelb were inspired to write The Healing Organization because of the epidemic of unnecessary suffering connected with business, including the destruction of the environment; increasing numbers living paycheck-to-paycheck and barely surviving (despite working full-time or even multiple jobs); rising rates of depression and stress leading to chronic health problems; and because the enmity and dividedness between those who champion unfettered capitalism and those who advocate socialism is exacerbating rather than solving our problems.

Based on extensive in-depth interviews and inspiring case studies, the authors show how companies such as Shake Shack, Hyatt, KIND Healthy Snacks, Eileen Fisher, H-E-B, FIFCO, Jaipur Rugs and DTE Energy are healing their employees, customers, communities and other stakeholders. They represent a diverse sampling of industries and geographies, but they all have significant elements in common, besides being profitable enterprises:

  • Their employees love coming to work.
  • They have passionately loyal customers.
  • They make a significant positive difference to the communities they serve.
  • They preserve and restore the ecosystems in which they operate.

In a world that urgently needs healing on many levels, this is a movement whose time has come,. This book shows how it can be done, how it is being done, and how you can begin to do it too.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780814439814
Publisher: AMACOM
Publication date: 09/17/2019
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 349,479
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Raj Sisodia is the FW Olin Distinguished Professor of Global Business and Whole Foods Market Research Scholar in Conscious Capitalism at Babson College. He is also Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Conscious Capitalism Inc. Raj has published ten books, including Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Firms of Endearment: How World Class Companies Profit from Passion and Purpose, and Everybody Matters.

Michael J. Gelb is the world’s leading authority on the application of genius thinking to personal and organizational development, and the author of 16 books, including the bestseller How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci. A pioneer in the fields of creative thinking, innovation literacy and conscious leadership, he helps organizations around the world develop more creative, innovative and conscious cultures.

Table of Contents

Foreword Tom Peters xv

Prologue xix

How to Get the Most from This Book xxv

Introduction xxvii

Part 1 Business-The Cause and Solution of Many of the World's Problems?

Re-dreaming the American Dream 3

Evolving from Empire to Ministry, from Conquering to Caring 23

Part 2 The Joy That is Possible

The Power of Innocence 49

The Utility of Love 63

The Zen of Brownies 71

The Most Interesting Woman in the World 79

The Parable of the Pothole 87

Making Room for Dreams 95

Where Are the Customers' Yachts? 103

Thanks for Putting Poison on My Microscope 109

Not "Only" for Profit 115

Redefining Success 121

How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall? 129

Enlightened Hospitality 139

From Death March to Joy Ride 151

From Elegy to Exultation 161

The Spirit of Giving 165

The Means and the Ends Are the Same 171

Bringing More Pura to the Corporate Vida 181

CEO = Chief Empathy Officer 195

Part 3 The Beckoning Path

Three Principles That Define a Healing Organization 205

On Becoming a Healing Leader 219

Epilogue 233

Acknowledgments 237

Endnotes 241

Index 251

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