Howard Behar: Life Outside the Cookie Cutter

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“Every day I want to nurture and inspire the human spirit beginning with myself first and then for others. I say self, first, because I found out that if you’re not ok physically, emotionally and mentally with yourself it’s hard to help someone else.”

Meet Howard Behar…former Starbucks International President.

The quote above represents his mission statement, something he repeats to himself daily as a reminder of his life’s purpose: then and now.

Not exactly what you’d expect from one of the three executives responsible for taking the coffee giant from a small regional chain to an international powerhouse.

Anyone from Seattle is as familiar with the Starbuck’s “backstory” as they are ordering their favorite drink. Or at least I am.

Howard Schultz was the visionary, Howard Behar the soul and Orin Smith the financial.

 

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