Resources

Find below the Merchants of Meaning recourses: Blogs giving our view on recent developments in relation to Purpose led High Performance organizations, their leadership, culture and strategy and Great Reads we wanted to share with you. Books we found inspiring and instructive.

Recent blog

Fly Responsibly

Bullshitting about your Purpose is good too

Our unique 100 years old airline KLM had the courage to advertise itself with the tag line ‘Fly Responsibly’. They gave depth to it with a catchy advertisement clip telling how they would full fill flying responsibly. They did mention some initiatives KLM was starting up like biofuels. Though this could only be done when […]

Great reads

Care to dare – George Kohlrieser /Susan Goldsworthy / Duncan Coombe

Care to dare – George Kohlrieser /Susan Goldsworthy / Duncan Coombe

For leaders developing their soft skills to achieve hard results. Giving the people the confidence to reach the heights they are really capable of.

Conscious capitalism – John Mackey / Raj Sisodia

Conscious capitalism – John Mackey / Raj Sisodia

The book that coined the expression of ‘Conscious capitalis’. Describing the model of what it takes to become a Conscious Organization. The amazing model that creates only winners. It was an eye opener for me because everybody can be much better off and it is so well implementable.

Energy Leadership – Bruce Schneider

Energy Leadership – Bruce Schneider

The most concrete vague book as I used to describe it. Great and widely applicable model on how to assess where you stand right now as a human being and how to grow from there. Here also applied in a business

Firms of Endearment - Raj Sisodia

Firms of Endearment – Raj Sisodia

Make sure you get the second 2014 edition! Predecessor of Conscious Capitalism and giving the numbers behind the much more successful Conscious Companies. Also showecasing a lot more business cases.

The Infinite Game

The infinite game – Simon Sinek

Simons third book building on the first two. In his very entertaining way, he describes the aspects of Conscious Capitalism from his refreshing angle. Purpose is called Just Cause, Conscious Leadership is the Courage to lead etc. A shift in perspective certainly deepend my understanding.

Man’s Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl

Man’s Search for Meaning – Viktor Frankl

Finding meaning while being part of the Holocaust and a sole survivor of your family in Auschwitz is inspiring. Viktor did just that and thaught us a lot about finding meaning especially in painful and hard circumstances.

The purpose of Capital - Jed Emerson

The purpose of Capital – Jed Emerson

Going back to the roots of capital and investing. How we can use the huge amounts of capital available, to improve all lives and that money is left on the table when the focus is on returns. The why of capital

Reinventing organizations – Frederic Laloux

Reinventing organizations – Frederic Laloux

Connecting the development of us humans to the complexity and problem solving abilities of organisations. The ultimate form being teal or Holocratic companies where no one is the boss and everybody leads.

Values Driven organization - Richard Barrett

Values Driven organization – Richard Barrett

The Barrett book bringing together previous books and building on. For us as Barrett practitioner a good basis for using the Cultural Transformation. For our clients a way to explore by them selves what we help them with: Becoming a values driven High Performing organization by understanding personal and present & future company values.

True Purpose - Tim Kelley

True Purpose – Tim Kelley

We all have a lifes Purpose. The art is to uncover it. Tim Kelley shows us all possibilities or at least no less than 12. We tried it and it works amazingly.

Het Grote gevecht - Jeroen Smit

Het Grote gevecht – Jeroen Smit

Only available in Dutch but then a great read to understand how building a Purpose led Organization works out in stock listed companies and other do’s and dont’s in the proces. Polman shows the effect of being purpose driven on a personal level. Amazing what he did and still not the same as being a conscious business leader.