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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.

Are Great Leaders Courageous or Crazy?

As I sit in my home office I hear the thump of a bluebird flying into my window over and over again trying to get into the fichus tree inside.  While this keep my cats entertained and off my keyboard, I shake my head thinking “crazy bird; you’re going to get hurt if you keep doing that.”   

 

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As I sit in my home office I hear the thump of a bluebird flying into my window over and over again trying to get into the fichus tree inside. While this keep my cats entertained and off my keyboard, I shake my head thinking “crazy bird; you’re going to get hurt if you keep doing that.” I stop mid-stream while writing the leadership chapter for my forthcoming book “The New Corporate Facts of Life” to ponder the bluebird’s dilemma. Is the bird crazy or courageous? How often have we thought others were crazy, when they pursued a purpose that others thought foolhardy? What seems an act of lunacy at one point can be visionary in retrospect.

Creating a Culture of Sustainable Success

I was honored to be the lead-off speaker for Georgia Tech’s
IMPACT Series.
  Sponsored by the College of Management, the IMPACT Series provides an opportunity for students alumni and the Atlanta business community to learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and notable business and non-profit leaders.  

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I was honored to be the lead-off speaker for Georgia Tech’s IMPACT Series. Sponsored by the College of Management, the IMPACT Series provides an opportunity for students alumni and the Atlanta business community to learn from successful entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and notable business and non-profit leaders. The topic, Creating a Culture of Sustainable Success, addressed ideas on how to embed sustainability into an organization’s culture. While transforming culture isn’t easy – it certainly can be done when approached systemically. I presented three keys for doing so – to Lead, Engage and Align.

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.

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

Technical vs. Organizational Sustainability Approaches

Conventional Approaches to Sustainability

When organizations consider sustainability, the emphasis is often on environmental aspects and technical expertise. These initiatives could be to measure the carbon footprint, design a LEED certified building, implement energy efficient systems, green the manufacturing process, enhance technology for patient care or prepare sustainability reports.

Business Success Climbing Mount Sustainability

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