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Working for Good: Making a Difference While Making a Living Paperback – September 1, 2009
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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.
PRAISE FOR JEFF KLEIN
- 2010 Gold Nautilus Award - Conscious Business/Leadership
- 2010 Bronze Axiom Business Book Award - Entrepreneurship
- 2010 Bronze Independent Publisher Book Awards - Business/Career/Sales
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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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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. Read morePublished on February 26, 2014 by Shel Horowitz
The mission behind this book is a noble one, and the author sounds like a great guy. Unfortunately the book reads like a collection of notes rather than a proper book. Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Aaron Contorer
Working for Good
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In this book, Jeff Klein has managed to capture the essence of the Human Potential movement in concrete business practices. Read morePublished on July 12, 2010 by Cooljonnorris
just what i needed. i have been struggling with the seemingly contradictory ideas of making profits and benefitting my community. Read morePublished on April 15, 2010 by R. Andersson
I thought this book would be akin to The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World -- a book about making a difference through community... Read morePublished on February 25, 2010 by pleureur.
The title and concept of this book excited me. I am in the process of starting a socially responsible business and consider myself a "conscious entrepreneur". Read morePublished on January 27, 2010 by M. Buehl
WORKING FOR GOOD: MAKING A DIFFERENCE WHILE MAKING A LIVING comes from a conscious business expert who offers a fine practical guidebook to becoming a conscious entrepreneur. Read morePublished on December 17, 2009 by Midwest Book Review