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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Sounds True; 1 edition (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591797268
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591797265
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,305,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Klein (1958 – 2014)

As CEO and chief activation officer of Working for Good®, Jeff Klein produced collaborative, multi-sector, Cause Alliance Marketing programs intended to drive social and environmental change while addressing the business objectives of alliance partners. He was the founding director of Conscious Capitalism, Inc., an organization dedicated to “liberating the entrepreneurial spirit for good” that was cofounded by John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market. Jeff was one of the visionaries and driving forces behind Private Music, the career of Yanni, Spinning, and Seeds of Change. He consulted for the Esalen Institute, the National Geographic Society, GlobalGiving, and the Institute of Noetic Sciences, among others. Jeff wrote Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living to support conscious entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, leaders, and change agents at work. For more information, please visit workingforgood.com.


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As CEO of Working for Good, Jeff Klein activates, produces and facilitates mission-based, Stakeholder Engagement Marketing™ campaigns and Conscious Culture development programs.

Jeff is a trustee and member of the executive team of Conscious Capitalism, Inc. and producer of Conscious Capitalism events. He authored the award-winning book, Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living and hosts a weekly radio program called It's Just Good Business. Jeff serves as Executive Director of BeingHuman.org and producer of Being Human events.

He love surfing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, ChiRunning and moving in general. He is an actively engaged father of a teenage daughter, and lives in San Rafael, Calif.

For more information visit workingforgood.com

Customer Reviews

Overall, this book was just not what I was expecting or hoping for.
M. Buehl
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.
Cynthia Sue Larson
Useful for entrepreneurs seeking to establish socially responsible businesses and for anyone wanting more than a career by seeking to discern a call.
Mitchell R. Alegre

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Sue Larson TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 22, 2009
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Gerondakises on November 24, 2009
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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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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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