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Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living par [Klein, Jeff]
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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Developing the skills required for Working for Good 21 septembre 2009
Par Beatrice C. M. Benne - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Jeff Klein's first book Working for Good is not only for CEOs but for all of us, change agents, who are trying to make a difference while making a living - no matter what our role, responsibilities and work setting are - whether we work for a large corporation, a small private business, a social enterprise, or a non-profit.

Embedded in the book is the idea that one cannot facilitate change by simply looking outside of ourselves for designing more conscious businesses. On the contrary, making a difference in our work begins with a personal journey of looking deeply into ourselves to find the insights and strength required to behave and act more mindfully. To do so, we need to reconnect to our humanity, to our heart, and to our soul.

Klein's five Working for Good principles - awareness, embodiment, connection, collaboration, and integration - are the critical skills that we need to develop if one wants to facilitate change. Accompanying the presentation of each skill are reflection exercises that aim at anchoring the learnings from the book and at helping us develop our own personal practice. Do each exercise mindfully and you'll witness the subtle transformative process that occurs within you! As you engage in leading and facilitating change, Working for Good will be the essential resource you will come back to, again and again, when you feel that the challenge is too great and the burden too heavy.

Note: I had the great pleasure to participate to Klein's presentation of his book at the East-West bookstore in Seattle on September 17. Unlike any traditional book reading, Klein engaged the audience into a mini workshop and gave each of us the opportunity to tune in and reflect on our life and work purpose, on the roadblocks that may be in our way to achieving it, and on the different kinds of support we can draw from as we embark onto our journey as change agents. Based on his extensive personal experience in working with - and helping develop conscious businesses, Klein's stories provided a meaningful and highly optimistic view of what the future of Working for Good might be like for each of us. For more live presentations by Klein, see his website: [...]
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ...His Message is Clear: to Transform the Corporate Culture, We Must Transform Ourselves 26 février 2014
Par Shel Horowitz - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Not too many US business books are full of Buddhist parables, yogic breathing exercises, and quotes from the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Mother Teresa, and Albert Einstein. This one is—though it also quotes more typical business leaders, among them Whole Foods founder John Mackey and master copywriter Robert Collier. As one of the formative figures in the Conscious Capitalism movement, Klein doesn't say so explicitly, but his message is clear: to transform the corporate culture, we must transform ourselves.

Klein lists Howard Gardner's nine different types of intelligences involving all the senses as he examines the concept of Working for Good: the idea—very familiar to you as a reader of my newsletter—that business can be a lever for doing good in the world. His goal is to help each reader find our "big why": our purpose.

There's a story told (not in Klein's book) about Gandhi: a mom asked him to tell her son that eating sugar was a bad idea. He sent her away and told her to come back a month later. When she returned, he told the child to give up sugar. When the happy but perplexed mother asked why she had to return, he replied, "I had not yet given up eating sugar when you came the first time." Like Gandhi, Klein declares that we must be in total integrity as human beings in order to make that warrior's journey through the business world and create the impact we want to have on the big issues of our time. Many of the exercises and stories are aimed at helping his readers achieve that integrity.

And many are aimed at helping us see beyond our own worldview, to reach understanding of the Sartre/Buber Other. The potential for connection, Klein says exists in every interaction--especially the bumpy ones. One very helpful and easily implemented exercise he proposes is to hear the other person's backstory, the context of every statement. This is a great way to defuse tension, listen deeply, and arrive at a resolution that addresses everyone's needs. Not coincidentally, solutions arrived by this kind of group consensus tend to be smoothly implemented, more lasting, and ultimately transformative; they arise out of Robert Greenleaf's concept of servant leadership rather than dictatorship.

Klein suggests four other key principles (I'm quoting them exactly):

* Not compromising quality for cost
* Not jeopardizing friendships through our business decisions
* Resolving conflicts through open dialogue, facilitated if necessary
* Making major business decisions with consideration for the implications for people, planet, and profit

To make the theories more concrete, Klein uses a series of avatars that show different personality traits, and follows one in particular as she plans and facilitates a series of very collaborative meetings, using various consciousness tools to arrive at a strong, consensus-driven outcome. While this makes a lot of sense in theory, as a veteran of many meetings that were facilitated with those kinds of tools, I'd suggest that his happy outcome is a bit too rose-colored. Even in the most conscious communities, run by the most skilled facilitators, meetings sometimes get ugly. However, it is certainly true that the chances of a truly successful collaboration are far greater using this model, and I've seen it work beautifully—even to the point of seeing consensus arise rapidly and repeatedly in a group of over 700 people who had been arrested together, in a meeting that used a hub-and-spoke communication model. This was a key to the success of citizen safe energy movements in the 1970s and the Occupy movement in our own time—and can easily be applied to business. And now, Klein points out, new collaboration tools can be converted out of new technology tools, even including Facebook.

For Klein, his key teachings are that our individual actions matter...that when we discover our purpose through greater practice of awareness, and can listen and act with authenticity, we can achieve Working for Good. For me, the most important lessons are in two ideas at the very end of the book:

* We value what we count—so count what you value

Working for Good is not about being a martyr; it comes from a place of joy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 When Values meet Work 17 février 2013
Par Jim Estill - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
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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4.0 étoiles sur 5 High Level and in depth mind exercises. 7 septembre 2009
Par J Powell - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
This is really a good book, but for any real practical implementation, one must be ready for a considerable amount of work.

The early chapters of the book seem easiest to embrace, in giving a description of the concept of "working for good" from a heightened sense of self awareness, and humility.

The middle and later chapters require a higher level of focus, and delve deeper into practice exercises on helping you be aware of observing our thoughts and feelings, through meditative exercises and self-reflection.

This is not a "one minute" managers guide to how to be a better person, or work for a better company, this book is more about a lifetime and lifestyle change that would be an ever developing process.

The text is peppered with inspirations quotes from many famous people, and proverbs.

Overall it's a good book, but finding others who are open minded enough to participate, might be the biggest challenge of all.
5 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
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
Format: Broché Commentaire d‘un membre du Club des Testeurs ( De quoi s'agit-il? )
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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