Sacred Commerce: Business as a Path of Awakening

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North Atlantic Books, 2008 - Business & Economics - 122 pages
In this timely book, authors Matthew and Terces Engelhart present the idea that love before appearances is the antidote to our spiritual, environmental, and social degradation. Exploring topics such as mission statements, manager as coach, human resources as a sacred culture, and inspirational meetings, they offer a manual for building a spiritual communityat the workplace—a vital concept in an age when work consumes the bulk of most adults' time. Business, the authors explain, is all about providing a service, product, or experience the market wants, and no business can succeed by failing to understand this point. However, integrating the concept of “Sacred Commerce” into business can provide both financial success and spiritual satisfaction. Stressing that every business is an opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of both clients and employees, the Engelharts share the tools they've learned in their own enterprises to fulfill this vision.Sacred Commerce is the ideal mix of the personal and the practical—a guidebook written by people who have felt success, not just spent it. Dissatisfaction with work is at record levels, and the Engelharts show that you don't have to suffer personally—or give up your humanity—to pay the mortgage.

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User Review  - Arctic-Stranger - LibraryThing

I was expecting something along the lines of Paul Hawken's work, but I was disappointed in that. If you are a) starting your own business and b) pretty ignorant about spiritual business practices, this might be a good start. Otherwise, I suggest Growing a Business by Hawken. Read full review

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User Review  - edhead - LibraryThing

I was unimpressed with what I thought was an overly indulgent book. I had been excited when I got it as I teach social entrepreneurship and I thought that it could be useful, but I found it highly repetitive and lacked any great insight. Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Matthew and Terces Engelhart are the owners of Café Gratitude, a popular organic vegan restaurant chain in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Terces is also the author of I Am Grateful, a recipe and lifestyle book based on their restaurant. They live in San Francisco.

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