John Mackey is a businessman. He is the current CEO of Whole Foods Market, which he co-founded in 1980. Named the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2003, Mackey is a strong supporter of free market economics, has strong anti-union views, and co-wrote the best-selling book Conscious Capitalism, which was released in 2013. He is one of the most influential advocates in the movement for organic food.
John Mackey, Co-Founder and CEO, Whole Foods Market Right now, every company needs strong leadership to guide them through these challenging times. Thankfully, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO John Mackey is well versed on the principles of leadership and is launching his latest book, Conscious Leadership, this month to help other founders put those ideas into practice.    In addition to the book, people can see Mackey’s approach to leadership in action with Whole Foods. While Mackey is grateful that his stores are still in full operation during Covid-19, he doesn’t try to hide the fact that circumstances have been extremely challenging—from rapidly scaling its supply chain to accommodate the sudden demands of customers to generating almost no revenue as a result of all the sanitation products the business has had to invest in.   But these obstacles don't bother Mackey. As a conscious leader, his priority is making sure that every single one of their 100,000 team members has access to the resources they need to stay safe at work. He has also raised every in-store worker’s pay by $2 per hour, provided two extra weeks of sick pay for those who have to quarantine, and is giving unlimited callouts during this time.    In this conversation, Mackey shares more about what it means to lead with love, how founders can attract and retain great talent in this challenging environment, and so much more. If there’s any other type of content you’d like to see that would be valuable to you during this time, please don’t hesitate to reach out at  Key Takeaways An overview of Mackey’s best-selling book, Conscious Capitalism A sneak peek into Mackey’s latest book, Conscious Leadership, and what inspired him to write it The two most important pillars of leadership Why Mackey believes in leading with love  How Mackey is putting conscious leadership into action during the pandemic The challenges Whole Foods has been dealing with from a supply chain and revenue perspective  Why being an Amazon subsidiary adds a layer of complexity to the Whole Foods business How to attract and retain great people during these challenging times  What Mackey has done to support Whole Foods employees during Covid-19 Why Mackey believes in the win-win-win mindset, and how this attitude can guide your business decisions  The importance of leading by example  Key Resources From Our Interview With John Mackey Get your copy of Conscious Leadership here
Now is an interesting time, so I have the CEO of Whole Foods Market, John Mackey, on to talk about his new book, Conscious Leadership, and also his old book, Conscious Capitalism, which is also another must-read! We talked about all the up and down when he was starting Whole Food, the definition of capitalism, and what is considered as conscious capitalism, and how does it fair against socialism.  I write about all my podcasts! Check out the full post and learn what I learned at Thanks so much for listening! If you like this episode, please subscribe to “The James Altucher Show” and rate and review wherever you get your podcasts: Apple Podcasts Stitcher iHeart Radio Spotify   Follow me on Social Media: YouTube Twitter Facebook LinkedinSee for privacy information.
In 1978, college drop-out John Mackey scraped together $45,000 to open his first health food store, "Safer Way." A few years later he co-founded Whole Foods Market — and launched an organic food revolution that helped change the way Americans shop. PLUS in our postscript "How You Built That," how Kyle Ewing created waterproof paper through his company TerraSlate.
John Mackey, co-CEO of Whole Foods Market and coauthor of "Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business."
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Aug 15th, 1953
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