From the Ground up

From the Ground up

A Journey to Reimagine the Promise of America

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Longtime CEO and chairman of Starbucks Howard Schultz shares his ideas on the new responsibilities of leaders, businesses, and citizens in American society today, through the intimate lens of his life and work. What do we owe one another? How do we channel our drive, ingenuity, even our pain, into something more meaningful than individual success? And what is our duty in the places where we live, work, and play? These questions are at the heart of the American journey. They are also ones that Howard Schultz has grappled with personally since growing up in the Brooklyn housing projects and while building Starbucks from eleven stores into one of the world's most iconic brands. In From the Ground Up, Schultz looks for answers in two interwoven narratives. One story shows how his conflicted boyhood--including experiences he has never before revealed--motivated Schultz to become the first in his family to graduate from college, then to build the kind of company his father, a working-class laborer, never had a chance to work for: a business that tries to balance profit and human dignity. A parallel story offers a behind-the-scenes look at Schultz's unconventional efforts to challenge old notions about the role of business in society. From health insurance and free college tuition for part-time baristas to controversial initiatives about race and refugees, Schultz and his team tackled societal issues with the same creativity and rigor they applied to changing how the world consumes coffee. Throughout the book, Schultz introduces a cross-section of Americans transforming common struggles into shared successes. In these pages, lost youth find first jobs, aspiring college students overcome the yoke of debt, post-9/11 warriors replace lost limbs with indomitable spirit, former coal miners and opioid addicts pave fresh paths, entrepreneurs jump-start dreams, and better angels emerge from all corners of the country. From the Ground Up is part candid memoir, part uplifting blueprint of mutual responsibility, and part proof that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. At its heart, it's an optimistic, inspiring account of what happens when we stand up, speak out, and come together for purposes bigger than ourselves. Here is a new vision of what can be when we try our best to lead lives through the lens of humanity.
Longtime CEO and chairman of Starbucks, Schultz shares his ideas on the new responsibilities of leaders, businesses, and citizens in American society today, through the intimate lens of his life and work. His conflicted boyhood motivated Schultz to become the first in his family to graduate from college, then to build the kind of company his father, a working-class laborer, never had a chance to work for: a business that tries to balance profit and human dignity. Behind-the-scenes, we get a look at Schultz's efforts to challenge old notions about the role of business in society. An optimistic account of what happens when we stand up, speak out, and come together for purposes bigger than ourselves. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780525509448
0525509445
Branch Call Number: B Schultz 2019
92 SCHULTZ
Characteristics: xiii, 352 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Gordon, Joanne - Author

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AnneCarolineDrake
Mar 18, 2019

I lost a lot of respect for Howard Schultz after reading this book. The clarity of our thinking comes through via our writing, and this book is at best a schizophrenic stream of consciousness. No idea what point he was trying to make, but I'm fairly certain, "elect me as POTUS" isn't going to resonate with voters.

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StarGladiator
Mar 15, 2019

[Update: Oh no . . . say it ain't so! So Daddy Starbucks, a k a Howie Schultz, actually DID NOT attend college on a football scholarship. In fact, he never played football in college. And that rough-and-tumble, hard scrabble 'hood he said he grew up in - - pretty middle-class after all!
Gosh, good thing no one take him seriously as a presidential candidate, he certainly has some serious skillz!]
I skimmed this at the book store, can't really work up the interest to read such a submediocre guy. Yeah, yeah, he built an international coffee chain, but sells plastic coffeemakers, and anyone who is familiar with coffee knows it is never supposed to touch anything plastic, especially not in the brewing stage.
Yeah, he did sell off a sports team, and he did build illegally on public land, but the really important thing is how mediocre and clueless he is about everything.
Serious suggestion:
www.yang2020.com

[Time for a real democratic presidential candidate!]

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Jessi52
Mar 09, 2019

Howard Schultz delves into his troubled family past, giving him the desire to succeed. He explains his desire to help his "partners" offering medical coverage to anyone working a minimum of 20 hours, which is very unusual in any business. When hard times came and investors wanted him to cut it, he kept it, for moral reasons. I knew Starbucks was a good company to work for, had no idea they did so many other things, to help people. Reinforced my love of Starbucks coffee. Off to get that latte.

Possibly the man who ran your local coffee shop out of business, would make a good president. What do you think?

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RandyDahlgren
Jan 23, 2019

Didn't he lose Seattle the Sonics and build his concrete wall on the next door city park land?

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