July 29th, 2004

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Whole Foods: The Anarchist's Cookbook

Via tdj:

From: Issue 84 July 2004, Page 70
By: Charles Fishman
URL: http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/84/wholefoods.html


The Anarchist's Cookbook

John Mackey's approach to management is equal parts Star Trek and 1970s flashback. It seems like a recipe for disaster, but at Whole Foods it's a prescription for world-beating growth -- and maybe for a world-changing company.

In March 2003 in the elegant ballroom of the Fairmont hotel in Santa Monica, California, John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, tried several times to cut off the animal-rights activist.

Lauren Ornelas, director of Viva! USA, a group devoted to improving the living conditions of farm animals, was doing a lot more than asking a question at Mackey's annual shareholder meeting. She had taken the floor to make a speech about ducks -- a speech about the treatment and lives of the ducks that end up trussed and chilled in the display cases of Mackey's stores, ready to cook and eat.

"She was disrupting our meeting," says Mackey. "She was trying to force her worldview on other people."

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