08 Apr Weather the storm and lead your business with purpose like Whole Foods Market
Lead with purpose – What is the purpose of your business?
This question takes thought, planning and a real understanding of what your business stands for.
It is not a list of the ‘things that you do in your business’. It’s about the values of your business, a deeper meaning that connects and binds everyone involved in your business together and it’s about something that is rooted deep in the culture of your business, intrinsic to all the actions taken and decisions made – something that you and your team live and believe in every day!
Here’s a great story of Whole Foods Market who led their business with purpose and survived and prospered because of it.
Whole Foods Market had been in business for just 8 months when their store was hit by a storm. Torrential rain meant the store was under 8 feet of water, all their equipment and food stocks were destroyed – £300,000 worth. With no savings or insurance, they were financially wiped out.
For the founders’ John Mackey and Renee Lawson, it felt like a short-lived dream was ending in a nightmare. But as the day unfolded customers and neighbours started showing up with mops and buckets, when asked why their response was:
“Whole Foods is really important to me”
“I’m not sure I’d want to live here if it wasn’t for Whole Foods”
And it wasn’t just the customers who helped Whole Foods get back on their feet. Team members worked for free, suppliers offered to resupply with extended credit and investors helped with refinancing.
28 days after the storm, the store re-opened. They eventually paid everyone back and became an internationally recognised health food store.
In 2017 Amazon bought Whole Foods Market for just over £10 billion!
Why did Whole Foods Market become such a success?
Because the customers, the team, the investors cared deeply about the purpose of this business and what it stood for.
Their purpose – “to nourish people and the planet”
What is your purpose, your reason for being?
What does your business stand for?
Click here to download the ‘Lead with Purpose’ report and read more about Whole Foods Market and how leading your business with purpose really will make a difference.