#166: Practicing Conscious Leadership with John Mackey


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What’s the key to a successful business? Whole Foods Market CEO and best-selling author John Mackey believes it lies in Conscious Capitalism. This is the idea that higher purpose, stakeholder orientation, conscious leadership, and conscious culture can transform companies and lead to long-term success. This model was hugely successful for Whole Foods. It helped them grow from a single store in Austin, TX to hundreds of stores around the US and landed them on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years. However, conscious capitalism and conscious leadership were things John had to learn and practice. John believes that by being a conscious leader, leading with love, integrity, and authenticity, and following the ideas of conscious capitalism, any business can find success. In this episode, Hala and John talk about what it means to be a conscious leader and how you can become one, his journey in starting Whole Foods Market, failures and what he learned, his secret to finding happiness, and much more.

Topics Include:

- John’s background

- John’s complicated relationship with his father

- Opening SaferWay

- What contributed to the success of Whole Foods Market?

- How to find the right team

- The importance of pivoting and adapting

- Wholepeople.com and learning from failure

- Conscious Capitalism and the real purpose of business

- John’s transformation into conscious leadership

- John’s secret to finding happiness

- Qualities of a conscious leader

- Win-Win-Win situations in business

- John’s #1 tip to transform your company culture

- John on transparent salaries

- John’s intentions for his next business

- John’s actionable advice to be more profitable tomorrow

- John’s secret to profiting

- And other topics…

John Mackey is the Co-Founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market. The company has been included on Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for 20 consecutive years.

John is also the best-selling author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, and the co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Movement.

Mackey is recognized as one of Fortune’s “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders,” Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year Overall Winner for the United States,” Institutional Investor’s “Best CEO in America,” Barron’s “World’s Best CEO,” MarketWatch’s “CEO of the Year,” Fortune’s “Businessperson of the Year,” and Esquire’s “Most Inspiring CEO.”

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Resources Mentioned:

John’s Books: https://www.amazon.com/John-Mackey/e/B00AE9FR5K/

John’s Website: https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/experts/john-mackey

John’s Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-mackey-a824bb1ab/

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