Is Business Really About Collaboration or Competition?

The answer is: both. Seen from the global level of organizational complexity, business is all about working together for our common good. And that happens through competition, not in spite of it. The key is learning how to compete with one another on lower levels while never losing sight of our shared purposes on higher ones.

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Seeing a Restaurant as a Home

A group of franchised, casual dining restaurants in the Dallas/Fort Worth area had a problem. There was a disconnect between the aspirations of leadership and culture on the ground. A shift in vision was needed. And it needed to be one that front-line employees could own. The crucial change was to see the restaurant as a home where family offers hospitality to guests. A culture like that is one that employees--even those washing the dishes--can really care about. And it's also one that keeps customers coming back.

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Values Are Contagious

Values are essential to business. However, when we assume that they're private, our values can leave us feeling isolated and lonely. But values aren't really private. They're shared. So leaders should be in the business of offering values--not just adding value.

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Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

When we refuse to see our place in context, business looks like a fight for survival. But when we entrust our well-being to one another in a self-conscious ecosystem, business becomes playful collaboration.

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Seeing Import Logistics As Mission

In the autumn of 2016, a Philly-based startup was reconsidering their mission. The organization had been founded to streamline international shipping logistics. They were well-positioned to succeed. But the co-founders were restless. They wanted to use their competitive advantage to make a lasting difference. To get there, they realized that they needed a mission statement to help them articulate what they were doing—and why.

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What Smart Money Does

What would happen if we stopped imagining that money exists primarily to make our private lives as comfortable as possible? What would change if we started seeing money as an opportunity for solidarity and recognition?

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The Goal of Business Isn’t Making Money

Thinking of profit alone as the primary objective of business is a feature of the flawed way in which we think about value. Corporations don't exist to generate private value. They exist to point us to the common good of peace. That's a center that organizes us around truly corporate purpose.

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Appreciative Inquiry: A Positive Revolution in Change

Corporations are mysteries, not simply tools for getting things done. They embody collective values and purposes.

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The Accursed Share: An Essay on General Economy

The real economic problem is not how to accumulate and use scarce resources. It is how to dispose of our overabundance. Sacrifice is the key to this problem.

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What the Ancients Knew (and We Don’t) about Economy

Treating customers and business partners as family is one of the biggest opportunities for making work more meaningful in our global economy.

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