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About the Author

Jeff Klein

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

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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: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jason Stokes VINE VOICE on October 20, 2009
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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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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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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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When passion about a cause is coupled with a job, flow can happen. It becomes more than a job. Klein argues that this should be the ultimate goal for everyone. By applying the principles of Working for Good " we bring out the best in ourselves and others, increasing creativity, productivity and sustainability".

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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