Charles Koch

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Charles Koch

Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. Charles is the CEO of Koch Industries, and is consistently ranked among the wealthiest people in the world.
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The Hunt for Red October

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The Upright Thinkers

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America's War for the Greater Middle East

America's War for the Greater Middle East

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The Road to Serfdom

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Personal Knowledge

Personal Knowledge

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One of the four books that taught Charles Koch "how the world works.”

The Fatal Conceit

The Fatal Conceit

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Lonesome Dove

Lonesome Dove

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In Pursuit of Happiness and Good Government

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A Conflict of Visions

A Conflict of Visions

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Bureaucracy

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Human Action

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One of the four books that taught Charles Koch "how the world works.”

Knowledge and Decisions

Knowledge and Decisions

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State of Fear

State of Fear

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The Evolution of Everything

The Evolution of Everything

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How The West Grew Rich

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The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Why Wages Rise

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As I Lay Dying

As I Lay Dying

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The Bonfire of the Vanities

The Bonfire of the Vanities

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The Sun Also Rises

The Sun Also Rises

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The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

The Spy Who Came In From The Cold

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Law, Legislation, and Liberty

Law, Legislation, and Liberty

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The Survivor

The Survivor

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Good Profit

Good Profit

Charles Koch

In 1961, Charles Koch joined his father’s Wichita-based company, then valued at $21 million. Six years later, he was named chairman of the board and CEO of Koch Industries, Inc.

Today, Koch Industries’ estimated worth is $100 billion -- making it one of the largest private companies in the world. Koch exceeds the S&P 500’s five-decade growth by 27-fold and plans to double its value on average every six years.

What exactly does this company do and why is it so remarkably profitable? Koch’s name may not be on your stain-resistant carpet, stretch denim jeans, the connectors in your smart phone, or your baby’s ultra-absorbent diapers but it makes them all. And Koch’s Market-Based Management® system is what drives these innovations and many more.

Based on five decades of interdisciplinary studies, experimental discovery, and practical implementation across Koch businesses worldwide, the core objective of MBM is to generate good profit.

Good profit results from products and services that customers vote for freely with their dollars, products that improve people’s lives. It results from a culture where employees are empowered to act entrepreneurially to discover customers’ preferences and the best ways to satisfy them. Good profit is what follows when long-term value is created for customers, employees, shareholders, and society.

The Science of Success

The Science of Success

Charles Koch

Charles Koch may very well be the most successful businessman you've never heard of. Under his leadership, Koch Industries has become a dynamic and diverse enterprise that Forbes called "the world's largest private company."

This groundbreaking book includes the same material used by the leaders and employees of Koch companies to apply Market-Based Management (MBM) to get results. In it, Charles Koch outlines the unique management methodology developed and implemented by Koch Industries.

Koch credits MBM for its 2,000-fold growth since 1967, with today having 80,000 employees in 60 countries and with $90 billion in revenues in 2006. MBM is a scientific approach to management that integrates theory and practice, and provides a framework for dealing with the ongoing challenges of growth and change. There really is a science behind success, and it can be applied to any organization.

Believe In People

Believe In People

Charles Koch

People are looking for a better way. Towering barriers are holding millions of people back, and the institutions that should help everyone rise are not doing the job. Crumbling communities. One-size fits all education. Businesses that rig the economy. Public policy that stifles opportunity and emboldens the extremes. As a result, this country is quickly heading toward a two-tiered society.

Today’s challenges call for nothing short of a paradigm shift – away from a top-down approach that sees people as problems to be managed, toward bottom-up solutions that empower everyone to realize their potential and foster a more inclusive society.

Such a shift starts by asking: What would it mean to truly believe in people?

Businessman and philanthropist Charles Koch has devoted his life to answering that question. Learn what he’s discovered during his 60-year career to help you apply the principles of empowerment in your life, in your business, and in society.

By learning from the social movements and applying the principles that have enabled social progress throughout history, Koch has achieved more than he dreamed possible – building one of the world’s most successful companies and founding Stand Together, one of America’s most innovative philanthropic communities. Stand Together CEO Brian Hooks and Koch show how the only way to solve the really big problems – from poverty and addiction to harmful business practices and destructive public policy – is for each and every one of us to find and take action in our unique role as part of the solution.

Full of compelling examples of what works – including several first-person accounts from individuals whose lives have been transformed – Koch and Hooks’ refreshing approach promotes partnership instead of partisanship and speaks to people from different perspectives and all walks of life. They show that no injustice is too tough to overcome if you share a deep belief in people, are willing to unite with anyone to do right, and work to empower others from the bottom up.

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