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“I believe we were put on this earth to do more than just make money.  
Our careers can and should stand for something bigger than just ourselves.”

John Wood

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A New Challenge for the New Year

Dear Friends around the World: I hope you had a restful holiday. Amy, Orion and I enjoyed the cool Hong Kong winter weather in many...

John Wood’s Top Ten Books of 2020

Dear Friends: I’ve had more difficulty than usual putting together this year’s Top Ten list. I read more books than I ever have in a...

Life-changing news, Life-saving masks

Dear Friends Around the World: Amy and I hope you are doing well wherever you are in this crazy world. I’m hoping my short newsletter...

How to Save Lives, From Your Sofa

Dear Friends Around the World: At a time of a global crisis few people other than science fiction writers could have imagined, we have...

Top Ten Books of 2019

Dear Friends Around the World: One of my key goals for 2019 was to radically decrease my time on social media and apply those hours to...

Top 12 Books of 2017 & 2018

It's once again time for my annual Top Ten list of my favorite books this year. For the first time in a while, I did not publish a 2017...

Top Ten Books of 2016

10. Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, Candice Millard At age 24, Winston Churchill...

Top Ten Books of 2015

10.   Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki, Haruki Murakami Another engaging Murakami masterpiece.   I don't always find Japan's most popular...

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John Wood is the Founder of Room to Read, one of the fastest-growing social enterprises in world history that has brought the lifelong gift of education to over 18 million children in 17 countries across the developing world.  John has published five books, including the best-selling Leaving Microsoft to Change the World, which was chosen by Amazon as one of the Top Ten Business Books of 2006.  Goldman Sachs named him one of the World’s 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs, and he was awarded Microsoft’s Alumnus of the Year by Bill and Melinda Gates. He is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute and was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  John is a frequent contributor to the BBC and CNBC.

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In this revolutionary book, authors John Wood and co-author Amalia McGibbon set out to refute Milton Friedman’s oft-repeated adage that there is no social purpose of business beyond returning maximum profits to shareholders.  Instead, they show once and for all that cause is not the enemy of commercialism, but perhaps the new key to it. 

Based on over 100 interviews with entrepreneurs and executives, the provide a breath-taking tour of this new and inspiring world.  Readers learn how a storng sense of purpose can help their business to win the war for talent, create a compelling bond with customers, motivate employees, reduce attrition, create a positive buzz on social media, and so much more.

Purpose Incorporated is a “permission slip” to all those seeking to use the power of business to make the world a better place, and provides examples that will inspire the reader to find their own ways to unite cause and capitalism.



Inspiring through Purpose

John is a popular speaker whose talks focus on leadership, scaling organizations, and the intersection of purpose and profitability.  With hundreds of successful engagements over the years, his elite client list includes Bloomberg, Clinton Global Initiative, Credit Suisse, Facebook, Fidelity, the Financial Times, Google, Goldman Sachs, Microsoft, Netflix, Twitter, UBS, the Wall Street Journal and the World Economic Forum.

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