My goal was livelihood. We don't use that word often enough. If I could give one piece of advice to anyone it's don't obsess with this notion that you have to turn everything you do into a business, because that ends up being a small version of a large company. But if you can create an honorable liv
The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you. Anita Roddic
the function of wealth is not to accumulate it but to give it away as productively and responsibly as you can.
You educate people, especially young people, by stirring their passions, so you take every opportunity to grab the imagination of your employees, you get them to feel they are doing something important, that they are not a lone voice, that they are the most powerful and potent people on the planet.
I am still looking for the modern equivalent of those Quakers who ran successful businesses and made money because they offered honest products and treated their people decently . . . This business creed, sadly, seems long forgotten.
Be daring. Be first. Be different.
Look at the Quakers - they were excellent business people that never lied, never stole; they cared for their employees and the community which gave them the wealth. They never took more money out than they put back in.
I think progress is a sort of comfortable disease, and we've got a media that says entertainment and celebrity, which isn't bad in itself but it stops the real issues coming forward.
There are a lot of dark sides to success, but the light side of it is the ability to be opportunistic, and to be able to do things.
I believe that conventional marketing techniques are increasingly ineffective. Customers are hyped out. They have been overmarketed. They are becoming more cynical about the whole advertising and marketing process.
If civilization is going to survive, business and policy-makers must move on, to find within themselves more developed emotions than fear or greed.
The big question is: how do you institutionalize success and still keep that edge of craziness and wildeness?
The business of business should not be about money. It should be about responsibility. It should be about public good, not private greed
Ninety-nine per cent of what we say is about values. I firmly believe that ethical capitalism is the best way of changing society for the better.
We have our values from the church, the temple, the mosque. Do not rob, do not murder. But our behaviour changes the minute we go into the corporate place. Suddenly all of this is irrelevant.
I can't bear to be around people who are bland or bored or uninterested (or to employ them).
the leaders of globalization ... have tied themselves to a single measurement by which they judge success and failure ... They only measure money and the bottom line.
a social conscience is not incompatible with profit.
If you don't believe one person can make a difference, you have never been in bed with a mosquito.
People I work with are open to leadership that has a vision, but this vision has to be communicated clearly and persuasively, and always, always with passion.
The bigger you grow, the more intimate communication has to be. It almost has to be belly and belly. As you get bigger and bigger in an organization, everything gets more and more detached and everything is on email or voicemail. That's the worse thing because lack of intimacy is one of the downside
Speed, agility and responsiveness are the keys to future success.
By definition, design, and practice, capitalism is a system that concentrates economic power in the hands of the few to the exclusion of the many.
Running a company on market research is like driving while looking in the rear-view mirror.
I don't want our success to be measured only by financial yardsticks, or by our distribution or number of shops. What I want to be celebrated for - and it's going to be tough in a business environment - is how good we are to our employees and how we benefit our community. It's a different bottom lin
I think the leadership of a company should encourage the next generation not just to follow, but to overtake.
Don't underestimate the power of the vigilante consumer.
I'd have opened a bloody library if I'd wanted to be quiet.
Let me tell you how the French seduce you. They are the most bloody seductive people on Earth. They are charming, they are well-mannered and they praise and flatter you.
Maybe this is what the future will look like: fresh, clean water will be so rare it will be guarded by armies. Water as the next oil - the next resource worth going to war over.