These leaders get it.

June 7th, 2013

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Some straight talk from three smart business leaders caught my attention this week. While their words are simple, the ideas expressed are big. And all are mindful of success being inclusive.

“I like hearing that people don’t like to be micromanaged…When someone says, ‘I want to own something. I want you to trust me,’ I love that,” said Adi Tatarko, CEO of Houzz, in her interview with The New York Times’ Corner Office.

Costco pays its workers an average of $8 an hour more than Wal-Mart’s average hourly pay, says CEO Craig Jelinek, as part of a deliberate strategy to ensure that workers are well paid and well taken care of. “I just think people need to make a living wage with health benefits,” Jelinek told Bl oomberg Businessweek. “It also puts more money back into the economy and creates a healthier country. It’s really that simple.”

“…there is a more humane and more sustainable definition of success that includes well-being, wisdom, wonder, empathy, and the ability to give back,” wrote Arianna Huffington in advance of The Huffington Post’s first-ever women’s conference yesterday, “The Third Metric: Redefining Success Beyond Money & Power.” It’s no coincidence this brainy woman was a moderator at the Change your Mind Change the World 2013 event held in Madison last month. (Here’s a link to Wisconsin Public Television’s recordings of the full day’s discussions.)

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