I've been interested in "conscious capitalism" for a while and it now seems that there is a growing adoption of management theories in some ways related to philosophies like that of Eckhart Tolle.
A "non egoic" leadership model is emerging.
Tony's unusual management style is profiled in an article in The New York Times:
Two business books have laid the groundwork for this movement:
It is a source for Tony Hsieh's efforts at Zappos:
Interestingly, other business publications have looked askance at these efforts, even though they are in a germinal and experimental phase.
This summer Forbes asked whether the implementation was a "failure":
Regardless of the outcome, one has to admire Hsieh's courage in making such dramatic changes at a company that was already so successful.
Another term for what Hsieh is implementing at Zappos is "Teal" - as opposed to a simply "green" company. He has expanded this concept to embrace and rebuild much of downtown Las Vegas to help house the homeless and support local artists and musicians.
At the same time, most of corporate America is struggling with issues raised by their younger workers and with changes in the workplace brought on by technology.
This cultural divide comes at a time when many younger workers cannot find middle level jobs that have been taken over by computers; it no longer takes a person to analyze data to confirm or reject a loan or insurance policy.
These issues are also addressed in Saving Capitalism - For the Many, Not the Few by former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich.
Like many who now support Bernie Sanders, Reich still believes that our system can be revived and revised by taking on corporate and banking interests that place shareholder value over human values.
The problem is:
At the same time, stakeholders in successful startups become instant millionaires by risking nothing other than their time.
Obviously technology - robotics and artificial intelligence - is at the heart of these controversies, but it will take new leadership styles and philosophies - like Teal and Holacracy - tweaked and modified "on the job" to rebalance the U.S. and global economies for the sake of humans rather than mere profit.