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Stuart Jurs says ...
I think Whole Foods is at the Orange level. This is simply due to the fact that Whole Foods is a public company. Therefore Whole Foods is accountable to its real owners, the stockholders. These stockholders own Whole Foods stock in order to make money. Period. They are playing the game to win. Whole Foods must satisfy its stockholders, therefore Whole Foods MUST function at the Orange level. The owners give Orange-level issues highest priority. Therefore Whole Foods must give those issues highest priority. The company does not have a choice. If it does not comply, those in authority will lose their jobs. If the company is to maintain and advance its idealism and move on to "higher levels of development", I believe it will need to find a way to get away from the corrosive influence of the Orange-level stockholders. These people do not believe in the company's mission or core values. They are data-crunchers who are only interested in Return On Investment. I think Whole Foods should return to a more "organic" style of growth, which would be more in line with what the company would like to be.
06/28/2006 10:21:06 AM CDT
Dennis Phayre says ...
John, I have recently read several pieces and listened to a couple more where you lay out the foundations of your belief system. I am delighted by what I now know about you and about the thinking that has gone into your personal growth and the success of Whole Foods. You are clearly dedicated to your personal growth and to increasing the potency of your participation in the evolution of life on this planet. It is a rare individual who achieves so much in their personal quest and who produces so much in the public realm. That is precisely what intrigues me most about you and about Whole Foods; that you have successfully created a business organization that is potent enough to replicate your highly evolved values on a global scale. It is awe inspiring. You have created an evolving and expanding system that is already greatly affecting the world for the better and which promises to do much more. Having shared some of your experiences as a former small-scale independent as well as being an active participant of the human potential movement, I appreciate the work it took you to arrive at where you are now. And while I have given up on the “Mom and Pop” business level, I have not given up on Mom or Pop or you or me or the generations of people and life in general yet to come. I am still value driven and committed to my mission in life. Perhaps it is now time for me to join your team and share my insights and experiences with you and with them. What most troubles me about your endeavors are, what I believe, the contradictions in your thinking and the likelihood that they are blocking your way to even greater success. For instance, I believe your justification of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars are remnants of your own Red and Blue level analysis. It may be difficult for you to see this and even more difficult to accept it once you have seen it but, nonetheless, that is one more step you must take to free yourself from your personal constraints and to move yourself and the world forward. In my estimation Whole Foods as an organization will most likely move beyond such contradictions because of its collective management system, the corporate culture that allows it to remain flexible, and the advanced stage of its evolutionary growth. You however may still remain stuck and holding onto your beliefs despite being outdistanced by your creation. Keep an open mind John and continue to seek resolution. By becoming a more consistent thinker, leader and spokesperson you will add to the further success of your mission, rather than detract from it by becoming distracted in unnecessary, time consuming battles. In kind and in Peace, Dennis
07/03/2006 1:54:24 PM CDT
mr. A . Lim says ...
dear john., the difference between WFM a other food stores is the value of WFMs products. When WFM MAKEs A SALE it is sharing the value it produces. The purpose of a business is to produce & share. The social responsibility of a business is how it produces & shares its value.
07/15/2006 12:52:30 PM CDT
Sakanta Running Wolf says ...
WOW! Thank you! In my search for Great News Global News I click from one great site to another....this time,a Whole Foods link caught my eye. Shopped at the Berkeley location for many years before living in Peru,Mexico,and Brazil. When returning to the USA, I always enjoy walking into Whole Foods just for the aesthetic boost alone. In Portland, the fresh veggies are arranged with such loving care and precision that they literally glow. The entire store was immaculate. Now in Houston, I find the same. THEN, I read your blog above. Holy mackerel! How beautiful. Business and spirituality and consciuosness. Congrats!!!! Will feature you in Great News Global News. Sakanta Running Wolf and Azul. Our cat editor Azul is in the tree waiting to leap into your arms.
07/31/2006 7:16:10 AM CDT
Caty Tota says ...
You guys are the 40428 best, thanks so much for the help.
08/24/2006 8:45:01 PM CDT
Cort Wrotnowski says ...
The loss of egocentrism is premature. Moreover, the trend suggested here is far more complicated than some linear progression from "me-ism" to "us-ism". A book titled Person/Planet addressed this very point back in the 70s. In one sense, we're still waiting... While there is evidence this kind of progression may be true, you also have social scientists commenting on a general loss of "community" around the country. But you also have these high profile examples of community like Habitat for Humanity and Extreme Makeover (of homes). There are more examples of corporations and small businesses taking the lead in types of community activism. This might be an area where your perception is more accurate. These are, should I say, intermediate states of "us-ism" that cannot be absent, even though they are not global in scope. And, this point should not be passed over, it can be amazing the extent to which individuals (aka egos)are the ones that strike the spark that starts the fire that warms everyone to the larger sense of community. In fact, I suspect this whole idea of declining egocentrism fails when we think of the world in terms of "six degrees of separation" (which can actually be as many as 19 degrees)and all that implies.
08/31/2006 9:31:27 PM CDT
John Schneider says ...
Kudos to John Mackey for his insights he provided in this speeech. It should be required reading for those in business schools around the world. My fear is that American society (and business culture in particular)is stuck in an egocentric/narcissistic mode. While the growth of the socially responsible business phenomena is encouraging, there is still much work to be done to move us the current mindset of extreme self interest.
10/11/2006 9:01:35 AM CDT
Charles Hamel says ...
It is so refreshing that we have places like this to go to in America. I know it is easy to just go on doing it the way you have always done it, but it is much more difficult to change social programming and do the right things. Raising conciousness, environmental concerns, and love will take us much farther in life. Thank you so much for your article.
10/16/2006 2:58:14 PM CDT
Ann Petrich Sloper says ...
Dear John, Taking your company to new levels and impacting the world from your very thoughtful and considered position is just great! It is possible to make a tremendous difference and you are doing it from those two little stores in Austin to Lamar Ave to everywhere. I studied the Maslow work when I was in graduate school in Austin and afterwards, and learned about Sprial Dynamics a few years ago. What impresses me so much is the time and interest you have taken in growing your company to higher levels of consciousness and therefore one can hope to a better, more peaceful world. Grameen Bank has done some great work too which is so effective in creating prosperity one loan at a time. And I am now very curious as to how Google works. I'm so glad I came across the article from your Tribal meeting and again, applaud you for your vision, and your business strength and compassion. I kind of wish I'd taken one of those early jobs at Whole Foods, rather than that real estate job with Marsh and Box! Hope you are doing very well. Thanks for all you continue to do and all the best to you. Ann
10/29/2006 1:05:18 PM CST
Brett R. says ...
I came to your site because I was puzzled that, on the day before Thanksgiving, the food police at Whole Foods had decided that they would no longer sell the duck that I have been buying from you in Cambridge, MA for 15 years. Add that to the live lobsters that we can no longer buy beacuse you say they are sentient beings that are mistreated. I guess that your stated mission to "satisfy and delight customers" means that you will decide what satisfies and delights them, not the marketplace. No wonder your stock price has been cut almost in half in the past year.
11/24/2006 6:24:32 PM CST
Ian says ...
Dear John, I finally had a look at your essay The Upward Flow of Human Development. As you freely admit, your worldview (should that be vMeme?) has been greatly influenced by Ken Wilbur. Obviously Mr. Wilbur is a very clever man indeed. However, with respect, I get a very bad feeling about him. See for example his blog here: http://www.kenwilber.com/blog/show/46 or a lecture he is giving here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgcNZWqSwf8 Do you honestly think that 50 years from now any serious thinker will be classifying people and ideas according to his colour-coded system? Really John, this is just silly. I have personally never been involved with any kind of guru or personality cult, but I know one when I see one. Get out while you can! Best wishes (and I mean this), Ian
03/31/2007 8:18:55 AM CDT
Jordan Bain says ...
You are balancing many intense and important forces in your work on many levels, John. Thank you!!
06/21/2007 5:31:56 PM CDT
David Licausi says ...
While this issue can be very tough for most people, my opinion is that there has to be a middle or common ground that we all can find. I do appreciate that you've added relevant and rational commentary here though. Very much thanks to you!
12/22/2009 4:23:07 PM CST
John Peck says ...
Fascinating overview of integral design in the food industry / Whole Foods. I would hypothisize that the Turquoise vMEME is reflected in The Ringing Cedar Series of books by Vladimir Megre. If Whole Foods is interested in researching the Israeli cuture and local, I would recommend looking at the Eden Market chain. Personally, I have a specific interest in Holocracy and would be happy to be of any assistance I can.
01/04/2010 10:09:16 AM CST
George Swan says ...
Wow! All my favorite authors in one speech. Bingo! I'm in Abu Dhabi, "transforming healthcare for everyone", while my daughter, Tina, shops at 'Whole Wallet" in Denver, CO. I was throughly delighted by the 'whole food for the soul' here. I'm currently enrolled in a wonderful program by Dave Logan and John King, based on 'Tribal Leadership', at www.cultursync.net. I will share this great talk with all of my TL colleagues, who are all living into turquoise and coral. Thank you, John!
11/08/2010 6:32:13 AM CST
estetik Cerrahi says ...
If the e-mail name doesn’t show i have a sense of humor nothing does. You seem like a very interesting man.And if you write your own speeches you are funny and witty. Maybe I should have worked in your store for 10 years I might of learned a thing or two. GREAT SPEECH. tr
04/08/2011 2:34:58 AM CDT

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