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Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living [Format Kindle]

Jeff Klein

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The words "business" and "social change" may seemcontradictory, but the fact is a successful businessmay be the most powerful force for positive changein the world today. In Working for Good, Jeff Klein, one ofthe visionaries and driving forces behind Spinning, Seeds ofChange, ChiRunning, and other forward-thinking brandspresents a how-to guidebook for becoming a "consciousentrepreneur"--one who addresses social issues while runninga profitable business based on integrity and self-actualization.Putting the tools of conscious business development firmly inour hands, Jeff Klein takes readers step by step through the fivekeys to Working for Good, showing how to:
  • Express your humanity through full awareness andembodiment while engaging others with your work
  • Establish purpose grounded in principles that sustain bothyour business and your virtues
  • Generate rich experiences in and outside of work through anetwork of spirited connection and collaborationFor anyone who has yearned to make a comfortable livingin service of real social change, Jeff Klein offers an essentialread that is at once deeply inspirational and wholly practical:Working for Good.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 447 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 266 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1591797268
  • Editeur : Sounds True, Incorporated; Édition : 1 (1 septembre 2009)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002QXO6U4
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Amazon.com: 4.0 étoiles sur 5  30 commentaires
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Less "how to build an enterprise" and more "how to understand your feelings in business" 21 octobre 2009
Par Jason Stokes - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I picked up and put down this book several times. I came in with an expectation that this would contain stories of how people have made a difference while working, a path to help understand how to make a positive difference, and a blueprint for going out and doing it. It's not that book. I can't fault it for it is, but it's not a practical guide to building sustainable business.

It is, however, a practical guide to look inside yourself, understand how the business is affecting you, and work from there. There are many discussions on meditative techniques, examining the fire inside, and so on - that would probably be very helpful to someone discerning if they really are in their true calling, or just working for the sake of working. On that note, it succeeds.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Master Principles of Business Consciousness 23 octobre 2009
Par Cynthia Sue Larson - Publié sur Amazon.com
WORKING FOR GOOD provides intuition and mindfulness exercises readers can practice to gain a better sense of who they and how they can do the most good in the world. Author Jeff Klein shares insights drawn from his role as executive director of a nonprofit called FLOW, encouraging us to build, support and work for conscious businesses that operate based on three core principles: having a deeper purpose, optimize interdependencies, and providing leadership through being in service. Klein provides some examples of how to work in conscious businesses in a way that is perfectly suited for anyone interested in making money while simultaneously operating from a place of honesty, compassion, and love. Few money-making ideas are presented in WORKING FOR GOOD, as this is primarily more of a self-help book than a business book in the traditional sense.

WORKING FOR GOOD provides a tantalyzing glimpse behind the scenes of conscious businesses that are becoming increasingly visible and admired, at a time when many self-serving businesses are suffering from tarnished images when the public becomes aware of their selfish short-sightedness. Klein takes readers through some of the most important practical skills needed for working in conscious businesses, which require self-reflection and a commitment to ongoing growth to achieve. WORKING FOR GOOD is not recommended for readers who are not interested in self actualization, as they may not readily recognize the intrinsic value of learning skills such as understanding emotions, or reflective listening.

I recommend WORKING FOR GOOD for anyone interested in helping to transform their business into a more conscious business, who is open to becoming more conscious in the process.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Unfortunately, it was not the book I was hoping for.. 24 novembre 2009
Par The Gerondakises - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I was immediately drawn to this book because I have always been interested in opening a vegan, earth-friendly bakery. I was hoping this book would be my guidebook to putting that plan into action, but unfortunately it did not deliver on that front. This is not a how-to on creating a successful business that is green, sustainable, and socially responsible while also being self-fulfilling.

If you already run a business and would like to search your soul to determine if you are on the right path; or if you are hoping to understand the feelings behind your business model, I think that this book will help you. There are some exercises in this book that can help you to determine how your business affects the world around you and the people in your community. Jeff Klein is obviously a very experienced businessman in that aspect. He has hundreds of anecdotes that serve as great insights into what some companies in the marketplace today are already doing to better themselves and the world around them.

While this book didn't serve my specific purpose, and I had hoped to see some arguments on why businesses should take up green and socially responsible practices, I still think it has it's place. It would be useful in determining the path you would like to take within your own company to do good in the world around you.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 The many relaxation exercises will turn off decision makers looking for answers 28 août 2009
Par Charles Ashbacher - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book starts very strong yet fades fast so that a large percentage of the intended audience would probably cease reading. The premise of the title deals with businesses adopting the principles of social and community conscience, making money by making and doing good. At the time of writing, the author was managing an organization called FLOW, which is dedicated to "liberating the entrepeneurial spirit for good." An admirable goal that can lead to significant profit in an environment where the public is weary of stories about corporate greed, malfeasance and general lack of concern regarding the consequences of organizational policies. In this environment, companies that demonstrate a true feeling for their place in their community can outperform those that do not.
Unfortunately, many readers interested in how to adopt this mindset will be turned off by the many relaxation exercises included in the book. Everyone knows that the ability to relax and reduce your stress level is important, however it is hard to see how that relates to the adoption of a new corporate culture. To many decision makers willing to take the risk of changing their business tactics, these sections will appear too "touchy-feely" to be of use. To take a calculated risk one must first be able to calculate and that mechanism is not provided here.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 When Values meet Work 17 février 2013
Par Jim Estill - Publié sur Amazon.com
When passion about a cause is coupled with a job, flow can happen. It becomes more than a job. Klein argues that this should be the ultimate goal for everyone. By applying the principles of Working for Good " we bring out the best in ourselves and others, increasing creativity, productivity and sustainability".

Working for Good asserts that there are 5 skills for working for good: Awareness, Embodiment, Connection, Collaboration and Integration.

The first step is to know yourself. Know what you are passionate about. Of course, this is obvious, but is it? Klein gives the readers tools to figure out what they truly love and what their "good" in the world can be.

Working for Good has a series of exercises which guide us through the numerous steps. Exercises like Identifying Principles, writing reflection and tuning in to sensations. I did not do all the exercises - I did the ones that resonated most. I do intend to go back and do some of the others though. As with anything, doing the "work" can be challenging.

Karma411 is a "working for good" company. I can see it in the people who work there. They feel good about helping charities and non-profits raise more for their causes by giving them the tools to tap into the power of social media.

I am fortunate to have found my calling as an angel capitalist or venture capitalist(depending on your definition). I believe it suits my background and skill set well. And I am passionate about startup and business growth. It is the start ups and growth businesses that create the jobs and future prosperity. I am also a believer that business is not a zero sum game. New businesses actually create new value.
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