Tuesday, March 20, 2012

BOOK REVIEW: It's Not about the Coffee: Leadership Principles from a Life at Starbucks.

How about a business book that says..

"Do it because it's right, 
not because it's right 
for your resume."

A company president whose formula for the worker-workplace-success relationship is:

"When someone brings their passion to work, and it is aligned with the work of the organization, success is the natural outcome."

and whose advice to leaders simply is: "Wear one hat."

The hat referring to a personality, a center, a self. And the key to life is first finding that hat, and then finding the job / life that allows you to wear that hat. Once you have that, then you can be a leader who can lead people from "clarity to integrity."

Now, what if I say this isn't a CSR or NGO book!? 

It is, in fact, an honest-to-goodness book on good leadership directed at people within the upper management of the company. 

And best of all, it's called "It's Not About the Coffee" written by someone from... well.... Starbucks!

Definitely a refreshing read to have a former VP talking about how to run a company that aims to keep their people, well, human. 

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