all-new book: return on humanity

Business can be a force for good, although many companies aren’t built for that... yet.

The answer to becoming a more competitive business that is also better for the world is simpler than you might think. And it’s already happening across the globe.


Return on Humanity explores: 

  • Can life be more pleasant if people tapped into their humanity?
  • Is it possible to have more effective leaders if their skills are rooted in human values?
  • Can companies be more competitive if they put people first before profit?
  • And can the world really be improved through self awareness?
Here you’ll learn unexpected benefits of being more human in life and business. The learnings come from stories from fields as diverse as human rights in Syria, the UK prison system, Brazilian psychiatric care, architecture and business.
Return on Humanity talks about the importance of rekindling humanity in people and what that looks like. And the power that this type of leader can have on companies, not only impacting the bottom line, but also the world.

Expect a collection of human stories and ideas that prove a more human approach to leadership and business will give us all a better future.

As we hurtle towards a future dominated by data, algorithms and AI, a book about the importance of humanity is perfectly timed and a must read. 

Sir John Hegarty 

Co-founder and Creative Director at The Garage Soho & The Business of Creativity 


I’m Philippa.

Philippa White is a global thought leader, social innovator and the Founder and CEO of UK-based company TIE.  For 20 years she has been rewiring corporate leaders with her unique leadership development approach for individuals, teams and at scale.

Born in South Africa and raised in Canada, Philippa relocated to the UK after a business exchange programme in Thailand, and now lives in Brazil.  She brings a people-first approach to business that fuels not just commercial success, but also contributes to a more sustainable world. Over her career she has worked with some of the world’s biggest businesses, helping their people develop the necessary human competencies to thrive in today’s corporate world.

TIE works with some of the world’s biggest businesses, helping their people develop the necessary human competencies to thrive in today’s corporate world.

As the creator and host of the TIE Unearthed Podcast and host of the London ‘Evening with TIE’ events, Philippa is also an accomplished keynote speaker and author, with over 60 published articles, and the international bestselling book, Return on Humanity. She mentors and advises companies keen to adopt a more human approach to business, drawing on her extensive experience and the transformative power of her work.

In today’s transparent world, power is finally shifting back to its rightful owners – customers and employees. In this world, there will be nowhere for companies to hide. Behaviour will be everything. Return on Humanity gives us all a reason to be optimistic, and to believe that capitalism – done the right way – is a force for good.

Simon Rogerson

Chief Executive Officer, Octopus Group 

Managers talk strategy – Leaders tell stories. Philippa has gathered a magnificent set of stories that are sometimes charming, brutally honest, and inspiring. She has a compelling way of cutting to the chase, whilst taking the time to paint a colourful picture of just how every business leader can make a telling difference. You won’t find any of this on an MBA course, as this is authentic, vulnerable, and at times painful. The one thing I can reassure you of – you will be inspired, and not just for a moment, but to get up, speak up, and make a difference.

René Carayol MBE

World Leading Executive Coach to far too many CEO’s

This is a book which simply radiates hope, optimism and goodness of heart. Although the topic is leadership, this is more than a leadership manual: it’s a compendium of wisdom about how to deal more sensitively, humanely and effectively with people and institutions. If only this could be compulsory reading for everyone in power.

Simon Anholt

Founder, Good Country Index


I wrote this book to get an idea out in the world: that there is a return on humanity. And how important it is to rekindle that humanity in life, leadership and business.

I’d love to know what that means to you, hear your thoughts and know what you’re doing to support this movement. We’re stronger together!

Join the mailing list, follow and tag me on LinkedIn and Instagram and let’s talk.


Everyone has the power to inspire, guide, and amplify team success. 

But before you can better lead others, you need to fully understand yourself!

This free tool is a powerful way to reveal the qualities you already have so that you can utilise them to become an even better leader.

Better leaders > better companies > better world.

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