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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?

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.

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.

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

Staged, Simultaneous and Sustainable

Ideas aren't enough; they must also produce results. Once vision and strategy are created organizations need to make sustainable development a reality – not just for a few years, but for the long term. Moving beyond incremental change toward transformation doesn’t happen overnight. It requires a phased, holistic, integrated approach that builds mastery each step of the way.

Sustainability Leadership Series Update

Strategic Imperatives and GreenBusiness WORKS are continuing to welcome speakers, sponsors and subject matter experts to the upcoming Sustainability Leadership Series including the GA Department of Natural Resources Sustainability Division, Georgia Power, the EPA, AGL Resources, EnergyAce, Greenguard, Cousins Property, communications 21, Perkins + Will, Southeast Energy Alliance and more……

Sustainability Leadership Series Launches

Have you integrated sustainability into the organization’s strategy? Do you have a culture characterized by innovation, engagement, responsibility and leadership? Sustainability is believed to be the greatest business opportunity of our time. Early adopters of sustainable development are changing the rules of the game in business, education and communities. Examples are scattered across this website and in our blogs.

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.

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