Top of Mind

Business insights from entrepreneurs Lynnae Schneller and John Mackey.
January 10, 2013

Here are two tips for businesspeople:

1. A leadership practice that has been successful for me is to delegate authority, not tasks. Delegating tasks creates followers; delegating authority creates leaders with the freedom to succeed and fail, with you there to support and coach along the way.

2. Read The Advantage by Patrick Lencioni; this book on organizational health will give you a big competitive edge in business.

—Lynnae Schneller, founder and president of Lynnae’s Gourmet Pickles








The two keys to enhancing creativity are cultivating a spirit of playfulness and eliminating fear (which short-circuits creativity) and anxiety. I’m always eager to learn from books; I’m reading:

1. SQ 21: The Twenty-One Skills of Spiritual Intelligence by Cindy Wigglesworth. A leadership guide.

2. Start Something That Matters, by Blake Mykoskie. Inspiring look at social entrepreneurship from the founder of Tom’s Shoes.

3. Your Unique Self: The Radical Path to Personal Enlightenment by Marc Gafni. A synthesis of Eastern and Western spiritual thought.

4. The Starch Solution by John McDougall, M.D. About healthy eating.

5. Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of our Origins by Steve McIntosh. A powerful idea.

—John Mackey, co-founder and co-CEO of Whole Foods Market; co-author of Conscious Capitalism: Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business, Liberating the Heroic Spirit of Business

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