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Conscious Capitalism – a summary

Conscious Capitalism – is a blog I came across yesterday. I am always interested in people that pose new out-of-the-box ideas for business and shift our thinking into what is best in the interest of all. John Mackey, founder and CEO of the Whole Foods Market writes a regular blog on the company website. His lengthy article poses the question of what the purpose of a business is? This is definitely a question one doesn’t always think about, he says. He argues that the purpose of business goes far beyond that of just making profit. Mackey puts forward four ideals as he calls it, that are expressed by great businesses in the world today. I have provided a short summery of these important yet basic parameters around which I believe all businesses should function. The first great purpose that great businesses express is "The Good" by being of "Service to others". He believes that, genuine empathy leads to the development, growth, and expression of love, care, and compassion. Great businesses dedicated to the great purpose of "Service to others" also develop methods to grow the emotional intelligence of their organizations, an emotional intelligence that nourishes and encourages love, care, and compassion towards customers, employees, and the larger community. Mackey’s second ideal is "The True"the "excitement of discovery and the pursuit of truth". There is a great drive to discover that which has not unfolded yet.. the ultimate discovery.. Here Mackey uses Google, Intel, Genentech, Amgen, and Medtronic as examples of great companies motivated by the "excitement of discovery and the pursuit of truth". All these companies have greatly benefited humanity through their successful fulfillment of this great purpose. The third great purpose that we find at the core of great businesses is "The Beautiful", which can best be expressed in business through the search for "excellence and the quest for perfection". These companies that use this ideal more explicitly include Apple (most obvious), and Four Seasons Hotels. Mackey’s last ideal that inspires many great businesses is "The Heroic"— changing and improving the world through heroic efforts. These businesses have a strong desire to change the world, and to solve issues that seem unsolvable and to really make a profound change in the world today, no matter the risk involved. Mackey’s best example of a truly heroic enterprise is the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh begun by Muhammed Yunus. His heroic dedication to ending poverty in Bangladesh and throughout the world resulted his winning the 2006 Nobel Peace prize. Mackey recommends reading his book Banker to the Poor for an inspiring tale of heroic enterprise. What Mackey stresses, is that the best way to make profit in companies over a long period of time is not to make it the primary goal of the business. He instead uses the concept of "happiness" as a means to achieving the goals by having a strong sense of purpose, good friends, good health and loving relationships around you. John Mackey truly has the understanding and vision of the what we call the "new paradigm". However, the principles he mentions have been around forever, yet we are only now able to understand them more clearly. Ultimately we have to thank films such as, The Secret & What the Bleep for setting the road forward and making them more acceptable, particluarly in the work place.

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Spare Room Tycoon – a man of great wisdom..

A member of a forum I belong to, pointed out a fascinating book today. When I went onto the link and read a little further, I was amazed that the author speaks my language.. my truth. Well now why do I always gets suprised by this? James Chan, based in the USA has helped many US companies do business in China & Asia. His life experiences prompted him to write a book, Spare Room Tycoon. A fascinating title I might add. His book shows how others have created businesses that have survived and propsered and centres itself around how a person eventually overcomes the day-to-day insecurities and fears despite all odds. Here is an excerpt from his book which really caught my attention….

"Being a spare room tycoon is more than a way of making a living, it is a way of living your life.

Spare room tycoons’ main payoff comes in personal satisfaction, in autonomy, in deliverance from office politics, in the freedom to make our own mistakes instead of being forced to execute the misjudgments of others.

Discover who you are. You are your business’s chief asset

Passion is a wild card; it transforms and gives power to everything you do.

Who knows how many stillborn businesses there are — possibly very successful ones — that were doomed by a loss of nerve, an unwillingness finally to take action?

Starting a business is an encounter with forces far more powerful than yourself.

Reality rarely, if ever, follows our plans. And although we might be tempted to see that as reality’s problem, it’s really ours.

Running your business builds confidence and humility — both at the same time. You’re surprised by what you’ve done wrong, and by what you’ve done right.

Learn to think strategically, not just romantically. Find something that might provide the clue for the next stage of your business.

Believe in your visions, and keep having new ones."

Excerpt from Spare Room Tycoon, pages 231 to 237.

I will most definately look to purchase it and find out more about this amazing man! Mr. Chan also has a company website called Asia Marketing & Management …take a look!

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BIZMO – Business in Motion

Bizmo is ultimately a website that offers a variety of services for business. It’s centred around providing support for small business here in South Africa but also gives them a jump start into the global market place. We have a FREE LISTING for sites to add to, and if you are in South Africa, the use of an SMS Portal, using our free downloads page, for some very useful documents you may need. Register as a BIZMO Member and you have the choice to add a link, or list your business or be informed of our up-coming BIZSMART Meetings for business to interact amongst each other.

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Well if he can blog, have a TV show and be on Vanity Fair…then so can I!!

Cute Knut has teething pains (& a blog)

Baby Knut has teething pains. (Berlin Zoo Photo Archive, AFP)

Berlin – The Berlin Zoo’s celebrity polar bear cub Knut, whose every twitch has been reported by a fawning media, is going back before his fans after taking a one-day break to recover from teething pains. Knut was given a respite on Monday from his twice-daily one-hour appearances before thousands of visitors after he received medication to help with a painful canine tooth coming in. On Tuesday, his recovery seemed full enough to allow the 4-month old cub’s show to go on, zoo veterinarian Andre Schuele said. "Knut’s doing better," Schuele said. "He’s mobile and frisky." Born at the zoo on December 5, Knut was rejected by his mother and hand-raised by zookeepers. He is now nearly 15 kilograms. So great is his appeal that zoo attendance has roughly doubled to a daily average of 15 000 since his debut, officials said. He has his own blog and TV show and appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair. Well I’ll be damned… it’s all in setting intent! LOL 🙂

Source: News24.com

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Property prices pre-2010 on Atlantic Seaboard soaring.

A recent article on a local newspaper describes the soaring prices of property along the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl of the Western Cape. On average, a house price rose 23% from January 07 and 21% in February 06. What is also interesting, is that an average house took 105 days to sell while an apartment took 71 days. This compared to only 37 days in 2004. Total sales of residential property in the City Bowl amounted to R160 milllion, up from R96 million in January 07. Amazingly a Bantry Bay apartment sold on the day it came on the market for R78 370 a square metre! That.. just to mention was for three bedrooms, a reception room, four bathrooms and two parking bays! A four bedroomed home in on fourth beach- Clifton had been on the market for R25 million for 500 days until a British buyer snapped it up with a R20 million offer. It will be amazing to watch the property do its thing in this area after the World Cup 2010… yet astoundingly, South Africans are still the majority home owners in these areas!

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                                             Camps Bay – A popular tourist destination

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