Do the Kind Thing: Think Boundlessly, Work Purposefully, Live Passionately
Daniel Lubetzky (Author)
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DescriptionFor the socially conscious, the intellectually curious, or the creative soul comes an inspiring, New York Times bestselling handbook for success in business, life, and the all-important task of building a more compassionate world--by the visionary founder and CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks.
When Daniel Lubetzky started KIND Healthy Snacks in 2004, he aimed to defy the conventional wisdom that snack bars could never be both tasty and healthy, convenient and wholesome. A decade later, the transformative power of the company's "AND" philosophy has resulted in an astonishing record of achievement. KIND has become the fastest-growing purveyor of healthy snacks in the country. Meanwhile, the KIND Movement--the company's social mission to make the world a little kinder--has sparked more than a million good deeds worldwide. In Do the KIND Thing, Lubetzky shares the revolutionary principles that have shaped KIND's business model and led to its success, while offering an unfiltered and intensely personal look into the mind of a pioneering social entrepreneur. Inspired by his father, who survived the Holocaust thanks to the courageous kindness of strangers, Lubetzky began his career handselling a sun-dried tomato spread made collaboratively by Arabs and Jews in the war-torn Middle East. Despite early setbacks, he never lost his faith in his vision of a "not-only-for-profit" business--one that sold great products and helped to make the world a better place. While other companies let circumstances force them into choosing between two seemingly incompatible options, people at KIND say "AND." At its core, this idea is about challenging assumptions and false compromises. It is about not settling for less and being willing to take greater risks, often financial. It is about learning to think boundlessly and critically, and choosing what at first may be the tougher path for later, greater rewards. By using illuminating anecdotes from his own career, and celebrating some past failures through the lessons learned from them, Lubetzky outlines his core tenets for building a successful business and a thriving social enterprise. He explores the value of staying true to your brand, highlights the importance of transparency and communication in the workplace, and explains why good intentions alone won't sell products. Engaging and inspirational, Do the KIND Thing shows how the power of AND worked wonders for one company--and could empower the next generation of social entrepreneurs to improve their bottom line and change the world. Advance praise for Do the KIND Thing "An enjoyable read . . . wise advice about matters from product development to people management."--Financial Times "By sharing the ten tenets that helped KIND grow, Daniel Lubetzky has given entrepreneurs a road map to success that includes both passion and purpose."--Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group "Lubetzky uses the power of kindness to build purpose into his business and his community. He's a role model for future leaders."--Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery, Columbia University "I've always been a fan of the KIND brand. This engaging and inspirational book shows how coupling a social mission with creativity can spark change and empower a generation."--Bobbi Brown, founder and CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics
March 31, 2015
5.6 X 1.2 X 8.3 inches | 0.9 pounds
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About the Author
Daniel Lubetzky is a pioneering social entrepreneur known for integrating social objectives with sustainable market-driven forces to forge new business models that build bridges between people. He is the CEO and founder of KIND Healthy Snacks and the KIND Movement. He is also founder of PeaceWorks and OneVoice, and cofounder of the apparel company Maiyet. Lubetzky has received numerous awards and recognitions for his humanitarian efforts and his business practices; among them he's been named one of America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs in BusinessWeek, one of 25 Responsibility Pioneers by Time, one of the Creativity 50 by Advertising Age, and one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs at the Goldman Sachs Builders and Innovators Summit. He has received Entrepreneur of the Year awards from both Entrepreneur magazine and Ernst & Young. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.
Advance praise for Do the KIND Thing "An enjoyable read . . . wise advice about matters from product development to people management."--Financial Times "Do the KIND Thing isn't just a behind-the-scenes tour of one company's staggering growth. It's the story of one entrepreneur's belief that success can be built on a foundation of empathy and, yes, kindness. By sharing the ten tenets that helped KIND grow, Daniel Lubetzky has given entrepreneurs a road map to success that includes both passion and purpose."--Arianna Huffington, president and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group "Lubetzky uses the power of kindness to build purpose into his business and his community. He's a role model for future leaders."--Mehmet Oz, M.D., professor of surgery, Columbia University "I've always been a fan of the KIND brand. This engaging and inspirational book shows how coupling a social mission with creativity can spark change and empower a generation."--Bobbi Brown, founder and CCO, Bobbi Brown Cosmetics "Lubetzky has proven that financial success and achieving a social goal are not incompatible--a great lesson for entrepreneurs and for anyone who wants to do good. Do the KIND Thing succinctly explains the elements that lead to success in both realms, emphasizing the need for humility over vision and grit."--Lester Crown, chairman, Henry Crown & Company "Lubetzky has written the playbook for anyone with a passion and a vision for leveraging business as a tool for social change. His journey has been anything but easy and straightforward but his honest and at times hilarious descriptions of his many failures will serve all aspiring entrepreneurs."--Pamela Hartigan, director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship, Saïd Business School University of Oxford "In Do the KIND Thing, Daniel Lubetzky reminds us that doing well and doing good are not mutually exclusive. KIND is a stellar example of how a business can be both highly successful wbile also advancing a culture of decency and generosity."--Richard Plepler, chairman and CEO, HBO "This book is an invaluable practical guide to what it takes to create and run a business and a brand. Priceless examples of both successes and failures can be found throughout, together with the values of simplicity, trust, and transparency. By reading this book you learn business essentials; you will also come to know and love the man."--Sir Mark Moody-Stuart, former chairman of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group and vice chairman of the UN Global Compact