Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives

Uncontainable: How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives

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Overview

"You're going to sell what? Empty Boxes?"

Back in 1978, Kip Tindell (Chairman & CEO of The Container Store) and his partners had the vision that people were eager to find solutions to save both space and time - and they were definitely onto something. A new category of the retailing industry was born - storage and organization. Today, with stores nationwide and with more than 5,000 loyal employees, the company couldn't be stronger. Over the years, The Container Store has been lauded for its commitment to its employees and focus on its original concept and inventory mix as the formula for its success. But for Tindell, the goal never has been growth for growth's sake. Rather, it is to adhere to the company's values-based business philosophies, which center on an employee-first culture, superior customer service and strict merchandising. The Container Store has been named on Fortune magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For" list for 15 consecutive years. Even better, The Container Store has millions of loyal customers.

In Uncontainable, Tindell reveals his approach for building a business where everyone associated with it thrives through embodying the tenets of Conscious Capitalism. Tindell's seven Foundation Principles are the roadmap that drives everyone at The Container Store to achieve the goals of the company. Uncontainable shows how other businesses can adapt this approach toward what Tindell calls the most profitable, sustainable and fun way of doing business. Tindell is that rare CEO who fully embraces the "Golden Rule" of business - where all stakeholders - employees, customers, vendors, shareholder, the community - are successful through a harmonic balance of win-wins.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781455526857
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 10/07/2014
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Kip Tindell is currently Chairman & CEO of The Container Store. He was presented with Ernst & Young's prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1991 and is a recipient of the National Retail Federation's 1998 Innovator of the Year Award. In 2006, along with wife Sharon Tindell (Chief Merchandising Officer) and Garrett Boone (Chairman Emeritus), Tindell was inducted into the Retailing Hall of Fame and he is a 2009 Junior Achievement of Dallas Business Hall of Fame inductee.

Most recently Tindell received the National Retail Federation's 2010 Gold Medal Award, the most coveted award in retail, given to individuals who have served the industry with distinction and achieved a national reputation for excellence. He serves on the board of Whole Foods Market (WFMI), the executive board of the National Retail Federation as its Vice Chairman and is on the Board of the Baylor Healthcare Systems Foundation. He is a leader and passionately involved in Conscious Capitalism, Inc.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Chapter 1 Selling Empty Boxes? 1

Chapter 2 Our Seven Foundation Principles 15

Chapter 3 Finding Love 28

Chapter 4 1 Great Person = 3 Good People 53

Chapter 5 Fill the Other Guy's Basket to the Brim. Making Money Then Becomes an Easy Proposition 87

Chapter 6 Man in the Desert Selling 112

Chapter 7 Communication IS Leadership 138

Chapter 8 The Best Selection, Service & Price 159

Chapter 9 Intuition Does Not Come to an Unprepared Mind. You Need to Train Before It Happens. 184

Chapter 10 Air of Excitement! 211

Chapter 11 The Best Is Yet to Come! 234

Epilogue 245

Index 251

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