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Do the KIND Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately Hardcover – March 31, 2015
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About the Author
Daniel Lubetzky is the CEO and founder of KIND Healthy Snacks and the KIND Movement, founder of PeaceWorks and the OneVoice Movement, and cofounder of the apparel company Maiyet. He has received numerous awards and recognitions for his humanitarian efforts and his business practices. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.
Q: Why did you write this book?
A: I wrote this book with the intention of providing an honest look at KIND’s story--a story that began once I had a clear sense of purpose. Hopefully it inspires others to discover their own sense of purpose and pursue their passions, both personally and professionally. Do the KIND Thing is also my way of giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs, and anyone eager to learn from the experiences of others. Hopefully others will learn from the many mistakes I made, and be encouraged to persevere as they encounter obstacles of their own.
Q: What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
A: Block one hour every day to let your mind go. Whether it’s lying in bed before you sleep, or consciously choosing not to make phone calls while you’re commuting to work, give yourself time to mull over whatever you’re dealing with. Ask tough questions, like “What are the underlying assumptions that are limiting me?” Make it a practice to talk to yourself.
Q: What’s next for KIND?
A: Our goal is to make KIND synonymous not only with a great product, a healthful brand, and a reliable company, but also a state of mind. We want KIND to become a movement that millions of our community members feel ownership of. We want KIND to touch their lives in authentic ways that inspire them to join us on our journey of making this world a little bit kinder and more delicious, every day.
About the Book
When Daniel Lubetzky created KIND Healthy Snacks in 2004, he aimed to defy the conventional wisdom that snack bars could never be both tasty and healthy, convenient and wholesome. A decade later, KIND has become the fastest-growing purveyor of healthy snacks in the country.
In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the principles that have shaped KIND's business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. Inspired by his father, who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courageous kindness of strangers, Lubetzky began his career hand selling a sun-dried tomato spread made collaboratively by Arabs and Jews in the war-torn Middle East. Despite early setbacks, he never lost his faith in his vision of a "not-only-for-profit" business--one that sold great products and helped make the world a better place.
By sharing anecdotes--and failures--from his own career, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a sustainable business and thriving social enterprise. He explores the value of staying true to your brand, highlights the importance of transparency and open communication in the workplace, and explains why good intentions alone won't sell products.
One hundred percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go towards celebrating and furthering individuals' acts of kindness and courage in their communities.
Since its founding in 2004, KIND has been on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and act at a time.
Through its social mission--known as the KIND Movement--KIND, together with its community, is committed to inspiring kindness through acts big and small. It fulfills this commitment through programming like KIND Causes, which helps individuals and organizations bring their socially-impactful ideas to life with monthly $10,000 grants.
About the Product
KIND offers multiple award-winning snack lines, all of which are gluten-free and non-GMO. All of KIND’s products are delicious, wholesome snacks made from ingredients you can see and pronounce.
KIND currently offers six different snack lines including: KIND Fruit & Nut and KIND PLUS, two lines of delicious whole nut & fruit bars; KIND Nuts & Spices, a line of whole nut & spice bars that naturally have only 5g of sugar or less; KIND Healthy Grains Clusters made from five super grains; KIND Healthy Grains Bars, a line of crunchy and chewy granola bars; and STRONG & KIND, a line of savory-flavored bars featuring 10g of protein.
KIND Fruit & Nut bars are whole nuts and fruit bound in honey and packed with heart-healthy fats and protein to keep you fuller, longer.
KIND PLUS bars are whole nut and fruit bars plus a nutritional boost of important nutrients like antioxidants, protein, omega-3, and fiber.
KIND Nuts & Spices bars are made with whole nuts flavored with delicious spices like cinnamon, chili pepper, and Madagascar vanilla bound in honey--each with only 5 grams of sugar or less.
STRONG & KIND bars provide 10g of hunger-stopping protein from whole almonds, seeds, and pea protein in bold, spicy flavors like Roasted Jalapeno, Honey Smoked BBQ, and Honey Mustard.
KIND Healthy Grains Bars are chewy granola bars with a crunch that provide at least 18g of whole grains per bar and are a good source of fiber.
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters are a better kind of granola made from a unique blend of five super grains including gluten free oats, millet, quinoa, amaranth and buckwheat.
Advance praise for Do the KIND Thing
“An enjoyable read . . . wise advice about matters from product development to people management.”—Financial Times
“Do the KIND Thing isn’t just a behind-the-scenes tour of one company’s staggering growth. It’s the story of one entrepreneur’s belief that success can be built on a foundation of empathy and, yes, kindness. By sharing the ten tenets that helped KIND grow, Daniel Lubetzky has given entrepreneurs a road map to success that includes both passion and purpose.”—Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group
“Lubetzky uses the power of kindness to build purpose into his business and his community. He’s a role model for future leaders.”—Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery, Columbia University
“I’ve always been a fan of the KIND brand. This engaging and inspirational book shows how coupling a social mission with creativity can spark change and empower a generation.”—Bobbi Brown, founder and CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
“Lubetzky has proven that financial success and achieving a social goal are not incompatible—a great lesson for entrepreneurs and for anyone who wants to do good. Do the KIND Thing succinctly explains the elements that lead to success in both realms, emphasizing the need for humility over vision and grit.”—Lester Crown, chairman, Henry Crown & Company
“Lubetzky has written the playbook for anyone with a passion and a vision for leveraging business as a tool for social change. His journey has been anything but easy and straightforward but his honest and at times hilarious descriptions of his many failures will serve all aspiring entrepreneurs.”—Pamela Hartigan, director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School University of Oxford
“In Do the KIND Thing, Daniel Lubetzky reminds us that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. KIND is a stellar example of how a business can be both highly successful wbile also advancing a culture of decency and generosity.”—Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO
“This book is an invaluable practical guide to what it takes to create and run a business and a brand. Priceless examples of both successes and failures can be found throughout, together with the values of simplicity, trust, and transparency. By reading this book you learn business essentials; you will also come to know and love the man.”—Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, former chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and vice chairman of the UN Global Compact
About the Author
Daniel Lubetzky is a pioneering social entrepreneur known for integrating social objectives with sustainable market-driven forces to forge new business models that build bridges between people. He is the CEO and founder of KIND Healthy Snacks and the KIND Movement. He is also founder of PeaceWorks and OneVoice, and cofounder of the apparel company Maiyet. Lubetzky has received numerous awards and recognitions for his humanitarian efforts and his business practices; among them he’s been named one of America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek, one of 25 Responsibility Pioneers by Time, one of the Creativity 50 by Advertising Age, and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. He has received Entrepreneur of the Year awards from both Entrepreneur magazine and Ernst & Young. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.
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Top Customer Reviews
This is the type of book that would be required reading for your entrepreneurial class. While it does give some neat inside points to what it's like creating a business, it begins to get very redundant. I would love to see Lubetzky speak for an hour and tell this story, but throughout the book, he seemed to repurpose many nuggets of wisdom and retell many stories.
The book is not only a tribute to his dad, a survivor of the holocaust, but also an inspiring testimony of the author's unfaltering gumption in the eye of numerous business setbacks and his heartfelt journey after the loss of his father. The book's undeniable theme is: Bad things happen to good people--and kick good people into greatness.
If you think kind people never get a break, this book abolishes the dog-eat-dog world's mindset. Do the Kind Thing makes you realize that top dogs like Mr. Lubetzky exist, and they don't see the world as a treasure map of fire hydrants. In fact, the author illustrates that anyone who so chooses can thread a business with common good, decency, resilience and humility as its strongholds.
I endured seven years as a consultant for a corporation--the profit-centered kind that is not kind to people--and the kind that Mr. Lubetzky illustrates accurately in his book. After I experienced the ramifications of the corporate giant's sterile flick of a thumb, Do the Kind Thing inspired me to reexamine my convictions and provided me with a renewed hope. I think reading this book should be a prerequisite for everyone in business.
In addition, if you haven't taste-tasted a KIND bar, it's impossible to read this book and not get a hankering for the fruit-and-nut snack and discover why it is the fastest-growing energy and nutrition bar in the country. Midway through Do the Kind Thing, I couldn't resist trying a KIND bar. I am now hooked, not only on the fresh taste, but on Mr. Lubetzky's philosophy, a priceless legacy as deep as the soul-changing kind.
This is not your average Harvard Business book nor is it pure memoir. It's a book that tells Daniel's story but also his philosophy about the way he does business. The book reads more like a conversation with the author with gold dust sprinkled throughout. Concepts that have shaped him and can definitely shape the reader whether they are an entrepreneur or just a person wanting to understand the philosophy behind the KIND brand and the steps to lead a KINDer life.
This is not so much a book about telling you all you need to run a business as much as it is the Author's journey with his mega-successful brand and how he got there through mindfulness.
Great for a socially conscious entrepreneur who wants an opportunity to learn from the cool KIND Brand as well as those who want to understand more about the man behind the company.
Love it ... but glad i tempered my expectations.
Although of interest to readers of all stripes if you are pursuing a similar path you will definitely enjoy this book.