Happiness is Critical
John Mackey of Whole Foods Market, #32 on the 2012 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list, discusses the critical key to creating value for major stakeholders.
The following video features John Mackey, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Whole Foods Market. John discusses how businesses should create value for all of their major stakeholders, and that the critical key to this is the overall happiness of the team members.
In 1978, at the age of 25, John borrowed $10,000 from his father and raised an additional $35,000 of equity investments to co-found Safer Way Natural Foods with Renee Lawson. Two years later, in 1980, he and Renee teamed up with two other young entrepreneurs to create Whole Foods Market, a 10,000 square foot store on Lamar Boulevard in Austin. As one of the very first supermarket-style natural foods stores in the country, the store thrived from its opening day.
Whole Foods Market has been a Best Company to Work For for 15 years running, and will be keynoting at this year's sold out Great Place to Work® conference. John will explore how placing “higher purpose” at the core of Whole Foods Market’s business model inspires trust from all major stakeholders: customers, team members, investors, suppliers, and the larger communities where they do business. Learn how leadership walking the talk, small team structures, a culture of empowerment, fairness, and a sense of caring creates a single purpose and contributes to both a great workplace and a great business.
Don't miss John Mackey discuss Walking the Talk at Whole Foods Market at our Virtual Conference. The Co-Founder of Whole Foods Market will be speaking alongside CEOs of top companies exploring what it takes to be a Best Company.
Tiffany Barber is the Associate Manager of Marketing and Communications and guest blogger for Great Place to Work®.