The Purpose Revolution: How Leaders Create Engagement and Competitive Advantage in an Age of Social Good

Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Discover the Purpose Advantage!

Customers, employees, and investors are no longer satisfied with companies providing good products, good prospects, and good profits—they want them to do some social good, too. These “purpose-driven” companies do better on nearly every traditional metric: greater customer loyalty, higher retention, more innovation, and a healthier bottom line. But a nice mission statement and donations to charity won't make your company stand out. Using scores of real-world examples and practical exercises, John Izzo and Jeff Vanderwielen help leaders find a truly authentic purpose, one that is a natural fit for them and their organization. They describe concrete actions leaders can take to ensure that employees own it, customers and recruits connect with it, and every corporate action and activity reflects it.
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John Izzo is president of Izzo Associates. He has spoken to over one million people, advised over 500 companies, authored or coauthored six books and helped some of the world's most admired companies, including IBM, Qantas, the Mayo Clinic, Verizon, RBC, TELUS, Westjet, DuPont, Humana, Microsoft and McDonalds.

Jeff Vanderwielen is a principle at ZGroup Consulting and is a former senior change consultant at Ernst & Young. He has worked with over 200 companies on creating major change strategies and has coached several thousand leaders.

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Publisher
Berrett-Koehler Publishers
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Published on
Mar 13, 2018
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Pages
240
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ISBN
9781626569683
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Language
English
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Genres
Business & Economics / Motivational
Business & Economics / Personal Success
Business & Economics / Workplace Culture
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