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Go Beyond Sustainable to Thrive in the New Year

As you end one year and look forward to the next, what are you hoping for?  What vision do you have for your organization, your team and yourself? 

 

After working with clients for years to help them become more sustainable, it becomes clear that the bar should be set much higher.  Sustainability implies doing less harm, taking no more from the earth than we can return.  What if instead of settling for becoming sustainable, we seek to become vibrant, to thrive, and to flourish? 

 

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As you end one year and look forward to the next, what are you hoping for? What vision do you have for your organization, your team and yourself? After working with clients for years to help them become more sustainable, it becomes clear that the bar should be set much higher. Sustainability implies doing less harm, taking no more from the earth than we can return. What if instead of settling for becoming sustainable, we seek to become vibrant, to thrive, and to flourish?

Ray Anderson: The Power of One

The world suffered a great loss when Ray Anderson passed away last week.  Ray was far more than the founder and Chairman of Interface, a Georgia-based carpet company.   Whi

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The world suffered a great loss when Ray Anderson passed away last week. Ray was far more than the founder and Chairman of Interface, a Georgia-based carpet company. While not a household name, many know that his visionary leadership continues to transform business in and out of the carpet industry and has influenced our perspectives on how we live our lives. Ray has said that it is the responsibility of leaders to “see around the bend.” Many were concerned that he was “going around the bend” when, in 1994, he challenged the Interface management team to come up with ways to transform their fossil fuel, petro-chemical based carpet company into an industrial ecology leader – without sacrificing profits.

Towels, Thermostats and Transforming the Culture

Opening the door to my hotel room last week I was greeted by a blast of hot air and a well-lit room.  As I left the room each day, I lowered the thermostat and turned off all the lights.  Upon returning each evening, I was welcomed in once again by a hot, bright hotel room. 

Citigroup, UPS, Interface and Shaw on Culture, Engagement and Leadership

Focusing on the technical and operational aspects of sustainability will only go so far.  Companies need to apply a dual strategy where they simultaneously build organizational capacity while moving through stages of sustainable development.   This means building the muscle needed to succeed in becoming sustainable.  Organizational capacity is about enhancing leadership capabilities, acquiring and developing expertise, transforming the culture and applying organizational design practices to align the structure, processes and people practices

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