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Driven by Wellth: The 7 Essentials for Healthy, Sustainable Results in 21st Century Business & Leadership Paperback – March, 2004

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Renee Moorefield, Ph.D. is Founder and CEO of Wisdom Works Group. She is an author, entrepreneur, leadership and lifestyle strategist, public speaker, and certified Master Coach. Renee is a visionary on the social workforce and marketing impact that the world's emerging values of wholeness, health and sustainability mean for 21st century Leadership and Business today.

Julie Maloney, M.A. is a corporate sociologist and 16-year veteran of systems change projects in Fortune 100, government and community organizations. She researches, writes and speaks on the evolution of eco consumers and the future of sustainable business. Julie is principle in the Ann Arbor-based company JMI.

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Connected: A Central Feature of the 21st Century Environment

Most leaders hold idealistic memories of a time when things were simpler and more controlled (and seemingly more controllable). Yet, nowadays our lives and our business activities are actually more connected and, thus, more complicated. We’re influenced by ideas, customs, brands and hardships that span the globe. Like an old sweater that stretches out of its original shape, we can never return to the way we were in times past. We’re literally evolving into a different world whether we like it or not.

In this different world, time and space have taken on new meaning. Unlike the business transactions of even a few decades ago, our business exchanges today are virtually borderless. Popular entertainment like MTV, mass marketing of global brands like McDonalds, and international travel by air and sea are a few of the forces that bind our lives, our ideologies and our nations together, escalating both innovation and conflict. With one in 12 people worldwide going online every day,8 many of our closest relationships are people from other cultures we meet through email instead of the neighbors next door. Not to mention the massive land-based and mobile phone systems linking us to any one of two billion people internationally in a matter of moments.9 Through our borderless connections, we make things happen around the globe in seconds where decades ago it might have taken us months or years.

Both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows confirm how local events ripple in an international chain reaction. Take, for instance, the 2001 U.S. terrorist attacks and stock market crashes that triggered a far-reaching economic slump worldwide.11 Similarly, the 2003 war in Iraq provoked, among other things, 30 million citizens from 600 cities across every continent to march for peace, a unified outpouring unmatched in history.12 We are so intertwined that the world around us often responds to our actions in unprecedented ways, yet most of the time we don’t realize this until after the fact. Our circle of influence has widened.

In business, we’ve learned to profit from the sheer scale of our interconnectedness by selling goods and services on every inch of the planet, from talking on a Nokia cell phone in Botswana to drinking a Coke in the heart of Papau, New Guinea. Global trade totaled $5.96 trillion in goods (such as oil, cars and food) and $1.47 trillion for services (such as freight and travel) in 2001,13 growing by more than $300 billion from the previous year.14 Even with the rise of corporate scandals and military action in 2002, we continued to enjoy a fairly steady global economy.15

Nevertheless, we’d be careless and myopic leaders if we took advantage of our global interdependencies without being mindful of the consequences of our business practices. In this different world that we’re in, mindfulness can make or break business success. Consider that the world’s diminishing fresh water supply is no longer just an environmental challenge; it limits the growth of every food and beverage manufacturer, like PepsiCo, where water is the main ingredient. The AIDS-related death toll of so many African people isn’t only something for humankind to mourn; it shrinks the entire workforce supporting African business activities, like those of DaimlerChrysler, Intel and Nestle, thereby reducing the economic growth and social health of that region. The rampant obesity of many nations worldwide isn’t just a health scare; it incites legal action against companies, like Burger King, demonizes the image of corporations and their products, and demands business to account for its role in the problem. Today, every company, large and small, has to deal with some natural or human challenge that they’ve never had to manage before in order to do business.

Whereas in the past we’ve played the game of business for immediate financial gains, progressive business leaders today must be proactive, conscious and accountable to balance economic, ecological and social returns. Whereas in the past we may have concentrated solely on payback to our company, today’s leaders must make holistic company decisions that consider the broader effects of their actions.

With the best of intentions, we often produce more problems than we resolve. Our world is undergoing the pangs of birthing into something different yet our approaches for making decisions and leading our organizations haven’t quite evolved the same way. The canaries in the coalmine have sung long enough to warn of the penalties for how we use our corporate power. The destructive effects of our inadequacies are headlined daily in poor international relations, strained social systems and workplaces filled with burned-out people. Our modern values don’t seem to be getting us out of the complex, interconnected boxes we live in.

We’ve learned that commercial success, societal prosperity, ethical management and the use of natural resources are inextricably tied. Their interrelatedness is prodding us to reevaluate and broaden our definitions of business success, and to use the power of our enterprises more wisely as simply an act of doing good business. However, that requires that we lead from a new set of values altogether.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Wellth Productions (March 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974774677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974774671
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,429,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Driven by Wellth is a must-read for anyone who is mindful about the way business practices should, can and must be conducted in today's global workplace. The ideas brought forth by Maloney and Moorefield are insightful, applicable and timely. As a CEO of a national organic foods restaurant company, I'm proud of the many socially responsible endeavors we endorse, and am grateful for this revolutionary book that serves up a why-do, and how-to manual. Having had the pleasure of knowing Ms. Moorefield both professionally and personally, she emanates an infectious passion for her life's work, underscored by a breadth of solid knowledge. Driven by Wellth will encourage all of us business leaders to continue on the path of authenticity, and challenge us to simultaneously raise the bar, while heightening the awareness level as to what constitutes sustainable success.
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Wellth is a play on words derived by combining wealth and health. The authors believe that the creation of future wellth will be dependent on shifting the current dominant 20th century profit centric mindset to a 21st century life centric mindset.

According to the authors, in the 21st century's complex and connected world, "commercial success, societal prosperity, ethical management and the sustainable use of natural resources will all be tied together." This will result in the emergence of a new type of leadership; leadership based on a life centric value system.

Workers in the 21st century knowledge based, creative economy will be viewed as creators who use a new values based form of self management to define both personal and organizational success. Profit will no longer be the primary measure used to judge commercial success. The authors write that the overarching question of the 21st century will be: "What are we creating for?"

The authors believe that future sustainable wellth will be based on the 21st century leader using a decision making framework labeled by the authors as "The 7 Essentials." The authors describe the 7 Essentials as being a system of "principles integral to the process of cultivating healthy results." These "seven distinct, yet interrelated essentials include: integrity, aspiration, innovation, movement, simplicity, sustainability and renewal." The core question that this framework asks the leader to answer is: "How can success be achieved and sustained in a healthy, life enhancing way?"

According to the authors, the 21st century leader will lead with integrity. Leading with integrity will require the 21st century leader to have three crucial elements:
1. Core purpose
2. Enduring values
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