In this episode, Acton Institute president and co-founder Rev. Robert Sirico joins John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods, to discuss Mackey’s new book, “Conscious Leadership.” This conversation was part of Acton Institute’s Business Matters online conference. Leading experts and CEOs discussed the current challenges, and ethical principles needed for businesses to thrive in the midst of COVID-19, civil unrest, and political turmoil.


A conscious leader, as Mackey defines it, is one who’s more conscious of their purpose, emotions, and what motivates them to move forward in a successful direction with their business. He says that “business people create the most value in the world more so than any government in history.”


A conscious leader creates value for their customers, employees, suppliers, investors, and communities. He furthers his point by saying that “there should be no contradiction between purpose and profit, as they belong together.”


Mackey, also the author of “Conscious Capitalism”, explains the benefits provided to society by entrepreneurs and the free market, while also discussing engaging topics like the effects of raising the federal minimum wage, Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods, and more.


Business Matters 2021 playlist


Conscious Leadership: Elevating Humanity Through Business


Conscious Capitalism and the Higher Purpose of Business


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  1. RebeccaCoffey Thatcher

    I very much enjoyed this and respect John Mackey. At some point I would appreciate Mr. Mackey explaining how he navigates the third “win” in his win-win-win philosophy. I think Whole Foods coupling with Amazon is arguably not a entire win in respect to Amazon’s current heavy-handed restriction of speech in their book department. 

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