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Focus Point Matters for Sustainability

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Napoleon Hill got it right! "First comes thought; then organization of that thought, into ideas and plans; then transformation of those plans into reality. The beginning, as you will observe, is in your imagination.  We've all heard it before, "If you always do what you've always done, then you'll always get what you always got."  In other words, you can't solve the problem with the same thinking that created it.

Enriching Your Sustainable Business Vocabulary

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In our sustainability consulting practice, we often encounter business leaders searching for business sustainability answers and solutions external to their organization.  Too often, these executives view “sustainability” as something outside of or separate from traditional company pursuits.   While an external solution can offer a stand-alone answer, sustainable development is a commitment to change that must align with the drivers of the company.

What are the Skills Business Sustainability Leaders Should Have?

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Identifying, developing, and retaining quality resources has always been critical to long-term business sustainability.  However, some experts now believe traditional subject matter expertise will not be the limiting factor in the future.  As we evolve into a new state of business sustainability post recession, the quality of a company’s leaders  will play a defining role in every company’s transition.  For this reason, our sustainability consulting returns its attention to the qualities that will define tomorrow’s business sustainability leaders.
 

Organic and Fair Trade: What it Means and Why it Matters

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Perhaps the green movement has caught your attention and you'd like to get on board but don't know where to begin. Two commonly used terms are organic and fair trade.  As an entry point to green living, exploring what organic and fair trade mean can be an entry point to developing a personal sustainability plan that grows from beyond passive curiosity to one of demonstrated eco action.  
 

Collaboration Remains a Central Theme to Business Sustainability

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Sustainability has been described as a continuous improvement process that challenges businesses to balance business drivers with the changing expectations of the company’s external stakeholders.  This is often demonstrated by rise in eco awareness, innovation, technology advancement, risk management, and proactive change.  In each case, the common thread of collaboration can be seen through all of these actions.  
 

Stakeholder Engagement Reducing Risk in the Supply Chain

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The Supply Chain Standard post, Who’s Responsible for Supply Chain Risk, tours the evolving landscape of sustainable supply chain management from threat monitoring perspective.  In addition to the many risks that that often plague an organization, growing concerns in the supply chain may actually be keeping more executives awake at night.
 

Tips for a More Beautiful and Green Home Office

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You're running a business and you want to do it right. That means bringing your environmental and social performance in line for a healthier bottom line.  You are asking questions such as, "Are we taking advantage of the sustainable business strategies available to our business to increase productivity?  What actions have we taken to reduce our environmental footprint?  However, sometimes the very basics go unnoticed yet provide plenty of opportunity for eco awareness.  Consider greening your home office.

Exploring Sustainable Stakeholder Engagement Questions

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Clients in our sustainability consulting often ask: What circumstances, frameworks or parameters need to be in place to spark creativity, ideas, and innovation in my business?   How can a business executive bridge business sustainability and innovation to the bottom line?  What role might the ‘voice of the stakeholder’ play in this process?
 

Resource Solutions in Expanded Sustainability Concepts

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The People Management post, Firms Face Talent Management Challenge in Emerging Markets, discusses that challenges with operating in an increasingly global marketplace.  Citing the results from a recent Ernst & Young survey, the article explains that only 20 percent of today’s organizations believe they effectively manage their talent across all markets.  Some of the key issues defined included: cultural differences, difficulties balancing local and global talent, trouble with retention and a lack of a leadership pipeline. 
 

Tips for Implementing Sustainable Innovation Strategies

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“Innovation is an essential component of organizational success, and may require shifts in mindset and culture. Encourage fast failure and experimentation. Create space for innovators to escape the daily grind.”  -Corporate Executive Board
 

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