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28
Nov

Companies that Mimic Life: Reviews of the Book

“This is one of the world’s most important books on leadership and corporate consciousness. The very important work which Jay Bragdon has carried out for many years is part of the new corporate paradigm. It is the leadership answer to the Anthropocene. It is part of the Corporate Renaissance.”

Steen Hildebrandt, Professor and Adjunct Professor, Aarhus University and Copenhagen Business School 

“While intuitively sensible, the research summarized in Companies that Mimic Life provides empirical evidence to support his thesis that working in harmony with Nature and society is not only necessary for the future of life on earth, but the most profitable way  forward. Not only is this reassuring, it also offers a clear direction for companies who know their success is dependent on the quality of the relationships with their customers, the communities they serve and the environment.”

Huffington Post on 28 Oct 2016 Dawna Jones

                         

“Jay Bragdon has done a great service with this wonderful book, which turns a well-focused microscope onto some of the world’s most inspiring stories of corporate sustainability transformation.”

Alan AtKisson, CEO, AtKisson Group

“Bravo to Jay Bragdon for showing that creative, connected approaches to business produce MORE substance and success, not less!  For those of us who share a rooting in traditional investing, it is both inspiring and essential to see how mimicking life can amplify prosperity in every dimension. The tangible case studies in this book will inspire greater success in investing, business, and life.” 

Katherine Collins, former head of US equity research at Fidelity Management (Boston)

“Companies that Mimic Life is a good read and, more importantly, takes readers along a path of deeper and deeper understanding as to why some companies do much better than others. He describes how doing well requires a much deeper transformation than most companies have been willing to undergo. The businesses he profiles have stepped into specific innovations that reward the people, the balance sheet, and shareholder returns. Bragdon cogently describes the innovations, and he measures the pay-off. Read this book. You’ll get both inspiration and data.”

Hal Hamilton, Founder, Sustainable Food Lab  

In Companies That Mimic Life, Jay Bragdon looks through “systems” lenses at corporate models creating shared values for both company and society … While many scholars and practitioners enthusiastically speak about the importance of capacities of organization and people, it is rare to see evidence in a systematic way. With 20 years of robust study, Jay illustrates how companies that pursue harmony among society, nature and people within organization outperform companies narrowly focused on financial results and shareholders’ interests. While many managers are at dilemma of choosing either single (financial) bottom line or triple bottom lines, Jay’s analysis suggests that the triple bottom lines in the long run is far better.”

Riichiro Oda, CEO, Change Agent Inc. (Japan)                         

The 20th century ‘organisation-as-machine’ metaphor is giving way to the 21st century ‘organisation-as-living-system’ metaphor. This shift is not just metaphoric but metamorphic, affecting all aspects of our enterprising futures. And the implications are huge. The organisations that seize the breadth and depth of this shift in logic will be tomorrow’s success stories, those that don’t will be yesterday’s news … Companies that Mimic Life goes right to the heart of the matter by providing much needed strategic insight supported by hard financial performance data and detailed case studies of seven organizations embracing the logic of living systems. Experienced and respected investment adviser Jay Bragdon examines what makes for success: an organization’s ability to learn from living systems, in-so-doing awakening a deeper human consciousness that galvanizes our organizations towards more purposeful, flourishing futures in harmony with Life. I cannot recommend this timely and important work highly enough for those of us interested in the future of business.”

Giles Hutchins, co-founder of Biomimicry for Creative Innovation and author of Future Fit, and other books.











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