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Testing an Organization’s Purpose in the Face of Adversity(Comments Off on Testing an Organization’s Purpose in the Face of Adversity)

July 11, 2016

A May 2015 explosion in one of its largest facilities tested Johnsonville Sausages’ organizational purpose and commitments made to its employees. Author Dan Pontefract takes a look at how Johnsonville reacted to that crisis and what lessons there might be for other companies. “Organizational purpose is the opportunity for a firm to define its principles, ethics, leadership and culture,” he writes. “It is imperative for the organization to act on this definition.”

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Spotlight on Whole Foods CEO’s Ties to ‘Spiritual Leader with Troubled Past’

Whole Foods Market chief executive John Mackey serves as board chair of the Center for Integral Wisdom and has endorsed the think tank’s founder, Marc Gafni, a former rabbi who’s been accused of sexual misconduct in the past. Columnist Gael O’Brien discusses the potential impact of the controversial relationship on Whole Foods as a company and on the Conscious Capitalism movement Mackey has been promoting.

It’s Not Easy: The Challenge of Paying Employees a $70,000 Minimum Salary

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price made headlines four months ago when he announced that his Seattle-based credit card payment processing startup was raising employees’ minimum annual salary to $70,000. Columnist Gael O’Brien says the ensuing maelstrom offers insights into resistance, the need for new work paradigms and how leaders give voice to convictions.

Why More Companies Are Speaking Out on Social Issues

Boeing and IBM were among the large employers in South Carolina calling for the Confederate Flag to end its reign over the state capital last week. They are among a larger group of companies increasingly speaking out on issues such as anti-gay discrimination, immigration and race relations. Columnist Gael O’Brien offers thoughts on what’s driving the trend – social conscience or self-interest – and whether it matters.


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