Create a strong culture and organization

1. Create a Strong Culture – a shared way of doing something with passion What you celebrate, who you hire, transparency.  If you are aligned at a high level, if everyone believes in the mission and everyone has really good access to information, then that gets you a huge amount of the way there in terms of working productively together.  What …

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too 

Co-ops Need Leaders, Too by Nathan Schneider Originally posted on Medium on 21st January 2019. I frequently encounter a notion, among those drawn to cooperatives, that a cooperative should be an amorphous, faceless collective in which old-world skills and norms of leadership can be discarded. How does this work out for them? Not well. Usually one of two entirely predictable things happens as …

Why Feedback Fails, and asking how can we help each person thrive and excel takes us in a different direction

The research is clear: Telling people what we think of their performance doesn’t help them thrive and excel, and telling people how we think they should improve actually hinders learning. Asking how can we help each person thrive and excel?—we find that the answers take us in a different direction. Neurologically, we grow more in our areas of greater ability (our strengths …

Evolving Toward Cooperation

To clarify theory and worldview in Wilson’s words:   “The difference is that a theory can only tell us what is, while a worldview can tell us how to act.” Evolving Toward Cooperation: David Sloan Wilson’s New Evolutionary Biology, By Kurt Johnson, P2P Foundation and re-posted from Kosmos Journal, February 12, 2019  Shortly after the publication of The Coming Interspiritual Age in 2013, I was contacted by Dr. David Sloan Wilson, founder …

Smart cities focus on well-being and staff as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness

Report, “Smart Cities: A Toolkit for Leaders,” urges city leaders to rethink their roles. They should see themselves not as managers of bureaucracies but as community builders who help foster trust, harmony and, indeed, happiness.  The critical first step is reimagining the role of city leaders. They should see themselves first and foremost as stewards of citizen satisfaction. Once they change …

No Plant Closings! Plant Conversion to Save Workers and the Planet

Wendy Thompson December 18, 2018 What would it take to keep these assembly and transmission plants open? As autoworkers have begun to formulate demands for the opening of the 2019 contract negotiations, GM upped the ante by announcing the loss of 14,000 jobs with the closure of three assembly plants and two transmission plants to add to the two million manufacturing …

The Management Myth: Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead

By MATTHEW STEWART, JUNE 2006 ISSUE Atlantic During the seven years that I worked as a management consultant, I spent a lot of time trying to look older than I was. I became pretty good at furrowing my brow and putting on somber expressions. Those who saw through my disguise assumed I made up for my youth with a fabulous education in management. …

Towards natural capital accounting in the Netherlands

5 Jan 2018 Read the full UN Environment Program article here Companies, government officials and other stakeholders in the Netherlands are piloting approaches to more accurately measure their dependence and impact on natural capital. in 2016 they began developing a system of National Natural Capital Accounts… By Joop van Bodegraven, policy adviser on nature conservation for the Netherlands Ministry of Agriculture, …

How Benchmarking Data Can Help Cities Meet Climate Goals

By Amy Egerter, RMI September 12, 2017   Cities have set aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets over the past few years. One of the most aggressive is Fort Collins, Colorado, which is targeting up to an 80 percent reduction by 2030, with interim benchmarks along the way. As deadlines draw nearer and the climate risks to urban centers grow, city leaders are …

HBR: The downside of resilience

HBR excerpt, The Dark Side of Resilience, August 2017 could too much resilience be a bad thing, just like too much muscle mass can be a bad thing — i.e., putting a strain on the heart? Large-scale scientific studies suggest that even adaptive competencies become maladaptive if taken to the extreme. As Rob Kaiser’s research on leadership versatility indicates, overused strengths become weaknesses. In …