The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work, Cultivate Human Potential, Achieve Extraordinary Outcomes

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Quercus, Oct 10, 2017 - Business & Economics - 256 pages
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"The work that Carol Sanford describes in The Regenerative Business profoundly changed my life, and I'm confident it will change yours too." - Jeffrey Hollender, Founding CEO, Seventh Generation

What if leaders stripped away all preconceptions about how business operates, allowing the organization to go back to its core and build itself back up to become something new-something so responsive, so innovative and resilient, it becomes virtually non-displaceable in the market? The Regenerative Business sets the stage for what is now only dreamt of by most of today's forward-thinking leaders and paves the path to make it possible. The book features:

  • Real stories from companies leading innovation and transformation across the globe including; Google, Colgate Europe, Seventh Generation, Nike and others
  • A logical, comprehensive approach that factors in the complexities of the modern organization
  • The work of internationally recognized leadership expert Carol Sanford, who for decades has been designing and leading systemic business change

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Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers' Favorite
The Regenerative Business: Redesign Work. Cultivate Human Potential. Achieve Extraordinary Outcome by Carol Sanford is a non-fiction book on business
practices and how to innovate and reinvent a business onto a long-term, sustainable path that helps both people and society. The Regenerative Business is designed for companies or organizations that are looking to completely reinvent themselves inside and out for a radical shift in practices and outcome. The book is divided into many chapters and sub-sections that dive into topics such as developing people, eliminating toxic business practices, innovation regarding how work is accomplished, Work Design and its various phases, and much more. There are also solid case studies and examples that Carol has provided from her own experience in the field working with these companies. The questions at the conclusion of chapters are thought-provoking and the book also provides a detailed notes section at the end with references.
I think that innovation and regeneration is key for any organization in today’s fast-paced and rapidly changing world, and this is what the book is about. The Regenerative Business approaches the topic from all angles and I especially appreciated the focus on people or employees and their development into active participants in this process from a ground-up level. Carol Sanford speaks from experience and clearly knows what she’s talking about, and her writing style is concise and clear without being dry. For any entrepreneur or person looking to learn the tools to transform a business, this is a good book.


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Carol Sanford's work is deeply rooted in the belief that people can grow and develop beyond what their leaders or anyone sees possible: to be increasingly entrepreneurial, innovative, and responsible in their business and personal actions. For forty years, she has worked with leaders of successful companies, such as Google, DuPont, Intel, P&G, and Seventh Generation, helping them to innovate and grow their businesses by growing their people. Her work is often called groundbreaking, game changing, original, and inspiring. Carol is currently Executive in Residence and Senior Fellow in Social Innovation at Babson College.

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