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For Goodness' Sake: Satisfy the Hunger for Meaningful Business Paperback – September 5, 2017
The prescriptions for organizational and personal transformation that For Goodness' Sake articulates are far more than just superficial corporate self-help or individual betterment. This is, instead, a new conception of how business meets a changing world...
- John Seifert
Worldwide Chairman & CEO, Ogilvy & Mather
Concise, compelling, courageous. Chris Houston has produced a "must read" book in support of what is arguably one of this century's most important and provocative concepts - business as a force for good. As dean of a business school whose vision is to develop leaders for a sustainable world, I am delighted that our students will have the privilege of exploring For Goodness' Sake.
- Julia Christensen Hughes
Dean, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph
Powerful and thought-provoking. A must-read for leaders to successfully navigate the sea of disruption ahead.
- Sofia Theodorou
Senior VP Talent & Workplace, LoyaltyOne
This book is an eloquent conversation on corporate and executive purpose. On each page, Chris Houston delivers wisdom for all of us in executive roles or our everyday relations. It is well considered thought that most reminds me of the philosophical elegance of Charles Handy.
- Dr. Douglas Snetsinger
Professor, Rotman School of Commerce, University of Toronto
All people want a purpose, and all organizations should want one as well. For Goodness' Sake takes us on a compelling and inspiring journey showing us how organizations can do well and do good, and why they must do both.
- Rahul Bhardwaj
President & CEO, Institute of Corporate Directors
Chris Houston offers a compelling alternative to the idea of a corporation as a gathering mechanism where better is defined as more. For Goodness Sake declares that business can be about living out of a purpose-for-others, in service to society. The proposals are clear and the implications are game changing.
- Roger Laing
Vice President and Business Unit Leader, RLG International
Board Chair, Regent College
A clear, helpful guide that brings both understanding to where we are and insight into how each of us individually and collectively can help create positive change. I highly recommend For Goodness' Sake.
- Katie Archdekin
Consultant, entrepreneur & former bank executive
I'm so glad that work like this is being published.
- Grant Tudor
Social innovator - Founder & CEO, Populist
This book makes me think there could be hope... now the big challenge is getting this book into the hands of as many business leaders as possible.
- Julia Hall
Account Executive, Risk Management Solutions
I thought I would take a break from what I was doing to read just the first few pages, but it hooked me and took me on a journey... into a world of telos and true deep intent of a life in service with others... a great read!
- Don Jones
Founder & Chief Experience Designer, Exper!ence It Inc.
NO ONE is as capable of synthesizing the broad experience of working with leading executives and companies, combining the experience with brilliant and relevant insights and then with remarkable creativity showing us the way to a new form of successful business organization. Read Chris Houston's ideas on Telosity and join the action to make it happen!
- Dr. Joe DiStefano
Professor Emeritus, IMD (Lausanne, Switzerland)
Professor Emeritus, Richard Ivey School of Business (University of Western Ontario)
About the Author
Chris Houston is a biologist, management consultant, farmer, and grandfather whose life's work and calling have been to come alongside and walk with leaders, most often of businesses, as they navigate changes in and to their organizations. He's been at it for nearly 30 years, loves the work, and struggles with the peripatetic life it requires - but can't help looking for the next place to contribute, encourage, cajole, or create. As a client once said, "you sell the 'hard stuff' to earn the right to do the 'soft stuff.'" The "hard stuff" is strategy; the "soft stuff" is leadership, and the inevitable hybrid of sound thinking and right acting. His clients span industries, continents, and sizes, from start-ups to global businesses, in North America and Europe, B2Cs and B2Bs. The work comes through a web of relationships and personal meetings. There have been some memorable failures, but fortunately, more successes have yielded the kaleidoscope of insights that are woven into the fabric of For Goodness' Sake like the threads of a carpet - each distinct, yet together forming a pattern of meaning. When not in a client's office or on a plane, Chris can be found on his farm outside Toronto, with his wife Jeannie, or enjoying their growing family. Chris began his career in business with his MBA (Gold Medalist) from The University of Western Ontario's Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario, in 1987. He then went on to join the General Management practice in the Toronto office of Woods Gordon, the Canadian consulting affiliate of what was then Arthur Young International and is now EY. Soon, however, Chris realized that his skills were better deployed in a boutique business model, and after a short stop in Change Lab International, he set out with colleague Morrey Ewing, and later on his own in the Change Alliance. It is in the independence and vulnerability of the sole practitioner that Chris has found his true calling - to be a servant of business leaders and their organizations. Chris can be reached through www.telosity.net.