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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?

The 6 Ways Scenario Planning can Improve Your Strategy

Too many companies, non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies and communities still fall into the trap of creating strategies for the future based on what has happened in the past.  Scenario planning helps organizations create growth strategies by finding ways to prepare for an increasingly unpredictable future, and can even shape the direction of things to come.

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Too many companies, non-government organizations (NGOs), government agencies and communities still fall into the trap of creating strategies for the future based on what has happened in the past. Scenario planning helps organizations create growth strategies by finding ways to prepare for an increasingly unpredictable future, and can even shape the direction of things to come. The objective isn’t to predict the future, but to prepare for it and even create it.

7 Forces Creating Shared Value in Every Business Strategy

The strategic conversation has shifted.  The time has come to realize that obsessing about quarterly results won't build an enduring company.  Businesses still just creating three to five year strategic plans miss opportunities and put their organizations at risk.

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The strategic conversation has shifted. The time has come to realize that obsessing about quarterly results won't build an enduring company. Businesses still just creating three to five year strategic plans miss opportunities and put their organizations at risk. Forward-thinking leaders shape the future by achieving results in the short-term while building the foundation for opportunities in the longer term. Organizations such as Unilever, Coca-Cola, Nike, and Marks and Spencer find ways to create greater value for their companies by creating value for society.

How Nike's New App Could Disrupt Your Industry

Nike recently launched a free app available for designers and consumers to use to compare the environmental impacts of various fabrics such as silk, polypropylene, leather, linen and more.  Using cotton as a comparison material, users can see ratings under categories of chemistry, water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, recycled, organic and a basic material score.  I’ve downloaded the app and discovered that “the touch, the feel of cotton” gets rather beat up in the scoring.  Spandex does even worse since it produces 158% more waste than cotton and silk uses 50% l

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Nike recently launched a free app available for designers and consumers to use to compare the environmental impacts of various fabrics such as silk, polypropylene, leather, linen and more. Using cotton as a comparison material, users can see ratings under categories of chemistry, water, energy and greenhouse gas emissions, waste, recycled, organic and a basic material score. I’ve downloaded the app and discovered that “the touch, the feel of cotton” gets rather beat up in the scoring. Spandex does even worse since it produces 158% more waste than cotton and silk uses 50% less water than cotton.

Kurt Kuehn CFO on the Globalization of UPS

I recently interviewed Kurt Kuehn, CFO of UPS for my forthcoming book, “The New Corporate Facts of Life” (AMACOM 2013). Kurt described how globalization has impacted the 105 year-old company, and continues to be a key strategic driver for the future. UPS went through a phase of building a global footprint, followed by a phase of adding broader capabilities.

 

Build the Global Brown Footprint

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I recently interviewed Kurt Kuehn, CFO of UPS for my forthcoming book, “The New Corporate Facts of Life” (AMACOM 2013). Kurt described how globalization has impacted the 105 year-old company, and continues to be a key strategic driver for the future. UPS went through a phase of building a global footprint, followed by a phase of adding broader capabilities.

Prosper With The New Corporate Facts Of Life

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives; nor the most intelligent that survives.  It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” - Charles Darwin

 

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I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve recently signed a contract with AMACOM to publish my forthcoming book about “the new corporate facts of life.” History shows us that we periodically go through transformational phases in how we live and work. My grandparents experienced this in the Industrial Era, while I rode the wave of the Information Age. The past several years of research and countless interviews with leader of corporations, universities and NGOs confirms that we are once again on the precipice of catalytic change.

Green Cars for a Greener Bottom Line

Introduced yesterday, the new Ford Focus has a small bump in the car’s taillights that reduces turbulence just enough to increase gas mileage. Ford engineers refer to these minor tweaks as “one percenters” – details that increase fuel efficiency. The redesigned Focus is expected to get at least 40 mpg in highway driving.

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