Summary of Uncontainable

How Passion, Commitment, and Conscious Capitalism Built a Business Where Everyone Thrives

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Uncontainable book summary
Seven “Foundation Principles” anchor The Container Store’s unique corporate culture.


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Fortune magazine regularly selects The Container Store as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For.” This company biography helps examine why it ranks on top. Writing with Paul Keegan and Casey Shilling, CEO Kip Tindell explores the way his company’s “yummy” culture affects every aspect of its operations. Employees follow seven “Foundation Principles” based on the precepts of the Conscious Capitalism movement. All employees receive extensive training – almost 300 hours during their first year – earn industry-leading salaries and participate in a corporate culture that values transparency. By hiring only the best candidates, the company boosts productivity at a reasonable cost. Tindell’s book-length love letter to his employees can become a bit syrupy, but his enthusiasm is contagious and his practices are instructive. getAbstract recommends Tindell’s biography of his profitable, sustainable company to start-ups, HR officers, strategists, brand managers, executives, managers and anyone in business who is ready to be inspired.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How The Container Store’s history shaped its corporate culture
  • How to use its seven “Foundation Principles to benefit all stakeholders,”
  • How to follow the company’s Conscious Capitalism model


Conscious Capitalism
The Container Store (TCS) and a number of other companies, including Whole Foods, Google, Southwest Airlines, and others, are part of a movement called “Conscious Capitalism,” which believes that “businesses should have a higher purpose than merely making money” and...
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About the Authors

Kip Tindell, chairman and CEO of The Container Store (TCS), supports the Conscious Capitalism movement. Casey Shilling works at TCS, which Paul Keegan wrote about for Fortune magazine’s annual list, “100 Best Companies to Work For.”

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