In today’s business climate, authenticity and purpose take center stage. Few companies have so wholeheartedly embraced this concept – and set new standards for business responsibility in the process – as Patagonia. As one of the world’s leading environmentally-friendly clothing brands committed to teaching and training the next generation of environmental activists, the company is deeply committed to using business to activate solutions to the climate crisis. In this episode, Board Chair Charles Conn tells us how to find balance between being uncompromising in terms of your principles – while also not allowing perfection to get in the way of progress. He’ll explain why businesses should adopt an “imperfectionist” mindset to deliver on the promise of improving lives and nurturing our planet– while building thriving companies in the process.
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Charles Conn is a cross-section leader, conservationist, and entrepreneur. He is co-founder of Monograph Capital, a life sciences venture firm in London and San Francisco, and was previously CEO of the Rhodes Trust in Oxford. He is Board Chair of Patagonia and sits on the Nature Conservancy European Council. He was founding CEO of Ticketmaster-Citysearch, and was a partner at McKinsey & Company. He is the author of two books: Bulletproof Problem Solving: The One Skill That Changes Everything (Wiley, 2019) and The Imperfectionists: Strategic Mindsets for Uncertain Times (Wiley, April 2023). He is a graduate of Harvard, Oxford and Boston Universities.
Learn more about Patagonia at: https://www.patagonia.com/core-values/
Connect with Charles on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/charles-conn-5008904/
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