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5 Reasons You Should Add Purpose To Your Plan

Social entrepreneurship is growing so fast that from where I sit it appears to be about to overwhelm its traditional borders to redefine the whole of entrepreneurship.

It has always been true that great entrepreneurs are more interested in change than money, but much of the energy has been on …

Entrepreneurship

6 Core Principles of Star Brands

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The Moral Bucket List

ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light. These people can be in any walk of life. They seem deeply good. They listen well. They make you feel funny and valued. You often catch them looking after other people and as they do so their laugh is musical and their manner is …

Bucket Lists

Corporate Culture - Values Alignment is the Foundation

While many of the most effective corporate cultures have a grassroots element that incorporates the thoughts and ideas of the individuals on the front lines (which is a crucial element in building a strong culture), allowing a culture to be nurtured and developed always starts at the top: i.e. with …

Corporate Culture

How to Stay Focused on Your Values While Growing a Business

You’ve probably heard that popular piece of conventional wisdom that says human beings don’t change. I don’t know if this is actually true in practice, but it makes me wonder: if people don’t change, and businesses are made of people, why does it seem like so many companies lose their way?

The …

Management

'Asian' corporate values are making a comeback

When Asia plunged into crisis in 1997-98, and the IMF was forcing Western economic medicine down the throats of Asian governments, it was also assumed that the region's opaque and over-diversified business groups would be compelled to swallow the Anglo-Saxon model of capitalism.

Whether controlled …

Japan

Social Innovation Ideas (And A Career Tip) From Laurene Powell Jobs

Entrepreneurs deserve a better shot at financial success if they’re working on civic-minded projects, says Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs. In an on-stage discussion Wednesday at Stanford, she shared her thinking on a wide range of issues, including the need for …

Corporate Champion Awards 2015 Nominations - Puget Sound Business Journal

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2015 Corporate Champion Award Nominations now open

The Healthy Community Corporate Champion Awards were born from a …

This week was Mississippi College Faith and Business Ethics Week. Classes had some amazing speakers. http://t.co/1caC6HWLv0

Small Business Big Pressure: A Faith-based Approach to Guide the Ambitious Entrepreneur [Kindle Edition]

YOUR SMALL BUSINESS IS CONTROLLING YOU; TAKE BACK WHAT YOU RIGHTFULLY OWN.

Small Business is what makes our country great. However, the challenges …

Predictions for Five CSR Trends in 2015

Corporate social responsibility has evolved significantly over the past several decades – from corporations simply writing checks to nonprofits, to a …

Trends

Would a Hippocratic Oath for Bankers Lead to Better Behavior?

Starting in 2015, Dutch bankers must swear to uphold a 158-word honor code. Some fear it's hollow progress.

Can 158 words give the banking industry a moral core? That’s the question that the Netherlands will attempt to answer next year when it implements a requirement that its private bankers (all …

Real Madrid's Removal of the Christian Cross Symptomatic of New Business Order

Real Madrid have caused controversy after it was revealed that the Christian cross has been removed from their badge in marketing materials relating to their partnership with the National Bank of Abu Dhabi.

Ruben Jimenez of Marca reported the news and raised concerns about its implications. “From the …

Commission says Christian business owners should leave religion at home

The Human Rights Commission in Lexington, Kentucky has a chilling message for Christian business owners who refuse service to LGBT organizations: leave your religion at home.

“It would be safe to do so, yes,” Executive Director Raymond Sexton told me. “Or in this case you can find yourself two years …

Christianity

B Corps Fellows Program

Applications are now closed! Check back soon for information on next year's application.

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Why Costco Pays Its Retail Employees $20 An Hour

Last week, we wrote about The Container Store and its "1 = 3" theory, which says that one "great" employee is just as productive as three workers who are only "good."

Kip Tindell, the company's CEO and founder, says this rule allows him to pay his retail employees an average salary of nearly $50,000 …

Ralph Nader tells Apple to screw investors, not workers

Ralph Nader has a message for Tim Cook: Stop listening to Carl Icahn.

In a scathing letter to Cook published in today’s Wall Street Journal, the former presidential candidate takes Apple’s CEO to task for bending to the will of billionaire investor Icahn and issuing more stock buybacks, rather than …

What does it mean to be a global citizen?

For many professionals, global citizenship – the idea of embracing an international perspective and lifestyle – is a fact of life if you want to be …

US Postal Service

Why You Shouldn't Sell Your Business To The Highest Bidder

Quick: Would you rather get $14 million for your business when you sell or $10 million? Most entrepreneurs would say $14 million.

That isn’t always the right answer. The higher the offer you get, the more likely it is to include requirements that lower your chances of getting paid in full. And …

Innovations in Finance for Social Impact

What’s the next great innovation in mobilizing private capital for social purpose?

Innovation

6 Women In Tech Share Their Defining Career Moments

The moments in the careers of women at Airbnb, Pinterest, Facebook, and more that changed everything.

What we see of others' lives are highlight reels.

From a distance, the road to working for a headline-making tech company looks smooth and simple: Start at the bottom, work hard, make the right …

Employment

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Work for a Mission-Driven Company

According to a recent Gallup poll, fewer than 30 percent of Americans are engaged at work. The research asserts that it is not enough to be well-compensated at work. Instead, the happiest employees are the ones who feel a sense of purpose in what they do. These findings are an excellent reminder to …

Employment

Why B-Schools Should be Teaching Market Basket

New England is home to scores of world class business schools, and Boston is teeming with management theorists who make their living teaching the next generation of business leaders while seeking in their own research to unlock the secrets to what makes businesses and other enterprises …

Markets

Impact investing: Six flexible success metrics promote greater impact (Part 2 of 2)

In my last post, I argued that a view of impact investing as an asset class with a rigid risk/reward calculus radically limits investors ability to …

Investing

Social Good = Scale x Impact (Who Knew?)

By Matthew Forti & Andrew YounPursuit of social good has never been more prominent than it is today. Funding flows are larger than ever. The number, …

Nonprofits

Can Benefit Corporations Work?

In recent years, Warby Parker has become the eyeglass-maker of choice for hipsters. In a recent GQ taxonomy of the different varieties of nerd, all …

Corporations

How Chick-fil-A Hires: The Christian Way

The chicken chain’s hiring practice is long and controversial; but it’s hard to argue with results. Credit: J. Reed

There are a few things you need to …

Chick-fil-A

Managing the Immoral Employee

Out of all the management questions we should be asking, this is surely the least asked. How do we handle individuals who are prone to unethical behaviors, especially if they are talented and hard to replace?

There are three reasons why this subject is more or less taboo. First, morality is hard to …

Best Biblical Career Advice: Start at the bottom, and make yourself useful (Genesis 39:20–23)

20 And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. 21 But …

Pharaoh