Author Archives: Michael Graber

Conscious Business with Brian Schultz

Founder/Owner and CEO of Studio Movie Grill While working as an aid to Senator Arlen Specter Brian Shultz had a vision. Actually, he saw a movie and there he had a vision. The experience at the theater gave him an idea. This particular venue blended a theme restaurant and movie theater. They served “warm beer and roller-skate place type food.” ...

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Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Selim Bassoul, CEO of Middleby

Please tell me the Middleby Definition of Conscious Capitalism.  We define it as socially responsible business both locally and globally.   How does Middleby use the CC model in its operations? How does it measure and report the outcomes? The hallmark of Middleby management is that we lead by example. We have a culture of very few layers and all employees can make an impact. ...

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Conscious Capitalism: Conversation with Raj Sisoda, Part One

Raj Sisoda is the Professor of Global Business, Babson College, Co-founder & Co-Chairman, Conscious Capitalism, Inc. Raj has written ten books and over 100 academic articles. He is the co-author (with John Mackey, co-founder, and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market) of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business (Harvard Business Review Publishing, 2013), a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller. He is also ...

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Another Conscious Company: Which Wich

Describe the Vibe and how it helps the company operate. The Vibe is the positive energy that’s at the heart of our culture and courses through the veins of the Which Wich system. When I founded Which Wich, I really wanted to build a special company where every member of the team would feel like they were making an impact in ...

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Why do so many digital transformations fail?

According to a McKinsey and Company article cited in CIO magazine more than 70% of corporate digital transformations fail. On paper it’s an equal playing field. The failing entities have the same technology as everyone else, certainly are drowning in very big data sets, and assuredly have a large number of very bright professionals eager for purposeful tasks. So why ...

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Innovation in K-12 Education

There are many changes taking place in education. As an outward sign of this change, schools are striving to make their environments more like the “the real world,” which is to say like adult workplaces. You can see the rise of whiteboards and bean bags instead of desks, maker spaces, flex areas, collaboration zones, as well as more media-editing suites. ...

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Practicing Innovation: An Inside Job

It is a heroic adventure being an innovation practitioner. To lead an organization to where it is ready to flex its culture, business model, practices, and management style requires the types of talents and skills that only metaphors can describe: the hunting instincts of a lion, the fortitude of a buffalo, the wisdom of an owl, and the patience of ...

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Once upon a Time, in Business

In business and daily life, we are wired for stories as a species. One creation myth begins by saying God created humans because he needed good stories. Stories bind us together, creating an emotionally connected narrative through which we make sense of the world. I want to share a Here’s What I Love About My Careerstory with you. The background is a co-creation session ...

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