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Saving Mr. Banks: Lessons in Empathy

Strategic Management

"I won’t disappoint you."

— Walt Disney says with empathy to Mrs. Travers

I recently watched Saving Mr. Banks. All I could think is how kind everyone was to Mrs. Travers. In spite of her own relentless crabbiness. They didn’t need to understand her ‘ways’ in order to be KIND. Many characters in the movie looked for ways to make it better or to connect. Certainly, Walt Disney was portrayed as a saint!

The audience of the movie had an added benefit of seeing her grow up. Quite an admirable child with a life of hurt and disappointment. Funny, how a little understanding can help us empathize and sympathize.

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Stress works for you … or against you?

Innovative Leadership

I like to begin each day watching a TEDtalk “Ideas Worth Spreading” for inspiration. Here is one that can enhance and improve EVERYONE’s life (even yours). That is, if you have ever experienced stress.

I’d like to invite you to watch this TEDtalk video NOW as you begin your day. Innovative Leadership contains elements of how you take care of yourself, express compassion and caring AND how you connect with others. You can be a positive example by “thinking” differently about stress and, consequently, reducing adverse affects of stress on yourself and others.

Kelly McGonigal, Health Psychologist, speaks about “How To Make Stress Your Friend.” Watch now!

Social contact and social support

Stress is your friend!

"STRESS makes you social. Human connection is a mechanism for stress resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal
Caring for others

How much time have you spent helping out friends and people in your community? People who spent time caring for others experienced significantly less adverse affects from stress.

"STRESS makes you more compassionate. Caring creates resilience."

— Kelly McGonigal

Gratitude

Watching this speech gave me a renewed confirmation of the value of friends and family. I am sincerely grateful for the love and support of the special people in my life! I realize that I’ve had stress. I believe I’ve had a life episodes of drama. I also know that ‘you’ were always there when I needed you. THANK YOU!

Share your methods to rethink your stress

Let us know, in comments, what you do and think during a time of intense stress. You might be able to help others.

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Landfillharmonic: Mindboggling Beauty

Beauty is in the eye (or ear) of the beholder.

"We filmed some of the children who learned to play violin, flute, drums, cello, string bass, and more – all made from recycled metal drums, tin cans, and plastic pipes."

— Creative Vision Foundation about their documentary Landfillharmonic

Please enjoy this short video.

The compelling story of transformation

In Paraguay and other third-world countries, children are born and live their entire lives in a dump. Surrounded by other people’s trash. Most of this trash is even sent to these landfills from more prosperous countries. Imagine, wealthy countries cannot even dispose of their own trash, they must send it away, out of their site and smell.

The families, living on this landfill, then sort through this trash daily to sell anything of value. They eat, sleep, play, learn and live entirely in the dump. This is an unsafe and unsanitary environment and, as you can imagine, emanates a horrible odor. Certainly, a story that needed to be told about injustice and exploitation of the poor. How could we stand by and watch people live under these conditions?

Then, the story gets better. Cola, a garbage picker, and Favio Chavez, musician, helped to transform this trash into hope and beauty for these impoverished children. They made instruments and learned how to play.  Now, known as the “The Recycled Orchestra of Cateura.” Perhaps, they won’t have to live their entire life in the landfill. Perhaps, there is hope. Perhaps, this will bring humanity closer to these impoverished families and portray them as skillful, talented and viable world citizens.

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Chipotle’s Scarecrow Takes Action

Strategic Management

"If you want to change the world, there’s nothing to it."

— The Scarecrow video produced by Chipotle

I believe Chipotle has a strong company culture around sustainability. After watching the video, please share your thoughts about Chipotle AND their company culture. What do YOU think?

 Company Vision

Food With Integrity is our commitment to finding the very best ingredients raised with respect for the animals, the environment and the farmers.” -Chipotle

Progress over time
  • 2000-Started serving naturally raised pork
  • 2002-Started serving naturally raised chickens
  • 2004-Started using zero trans fat oil
  • 2007-Started serving naturally raised beef and removed rBGH in cheese and sour cream

For more milestones, click here.

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Best Cities to Showcase Your Green Business

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Sustainable Business

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Plant nursery owner
Grandfather
Green Tea Addict

Being green-minded is not just for tree-huggers anymore

Consumers worldwide embrace green practices as part of everyday life. Savvy business owners reap benefits from Earth-conscious practices. A study by Cone Communications reveals 71 percent of Americans consider the environment when they shop. If you’ve considered breaking into the eco-business industry, now is the time. New businesses looking to gain exposure turn to niche conventions to maximize visibility. Regardless of your home-base, select trade shows throughout the country offer great networking opportunities. Oregon, Washington and Colorado lead the nation in sustainable efforts. Residents of these cities seek ways to improve their sustainable efforts. Innovative products and services that support the cause are in high demand. Integrate any of the following events into your marketing strategy and gain a loyal following of ideal customers.

Sustainable Living Fair

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Nestled in the Rockies, this college town lives up to Colorado’s top-rated green community culture. Fort Collins welcomes eco-focused entrepreneurs with open arms. The Sustainable Living Association hosts an annual to support natural and sustainable concepts. Through outreach and education, the event hopes to inspire eco-friendly practices within the community. Connect with prospective customers and gain industry insight. Regarded by environmental advocates, the event draws thousands of eco-minded attendees.

Event tip: This fair is all about hands-on interaction. Make the most of your exhibition by hosting a workshop. Not a great speaker? Presentation skills are a must for business owners. Perfect your technique with a few visits to Toastmasters and become the voice of your brand.

AASHE Annual Conference and Expo

Rated among the top 10 most sustainable cities in the nation, Portland is the hub of sustainable innovation. The city expands its goal to become the most sustainable place in the world into all aspects of business and life. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) hosts its annual expo in October. The focus is on greening the education industry by promoting on-campus sustainability. Businesses big and small take part in the opportunity to present their products to this niche segment.

Event tip: This event hosts thousands of exhibitors. Make your display stand out from the rest. Popup stands that are light weight and portable present a professional appearance. Always use high quality banners to display your logo and message with. No last-minute Walgreens runs for these events.

South Sound Sustainability Expo

Targeting local market segments can reap national results. Companies big and small target niche markets as part of strategic marketing efforts. Rather than appealing to the masses, businesses maximize program effectiveness by growing in segments. Tacoma residents further their sustainability knowledge at The South Sound Sustainability Expo. Sponsored by City of Tacoma and the University of Washington, this local event has strong community ties. The expo welcomes new small businesses as well as growing national companies like Zipcar.

Event tip: Make your business memorable with promotional products that support your brand. Small take-aways like pens and key chains keep your business at the top of peoples’ minds. For best results, make sure your promo item stays true to sustainable practices.

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HAPPY … Dance along

2014 Oscar nominee for Best Original Song from Despicable Me 2
2013, over 96 million youtube views

"Clap along if you feel that happiness is the truth."

— Pharrell William's HAPPY

Clap. Sing. Dance.

Feel the joy.

Skip. Stroll.

Feel the music.

Smile. Laugh.

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UNLESS someone like you …

Innovative Leadership

Set the example for your colleagues and industry with innovative and transformational leadership skills. Create your legacy to benefit future generations by taking the first step to building a sustainable business.

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The Global Citizen Business Certification

Perhaps, it’s time for you to take the initiative to become certified in The Global Citizen Business Program.

Ten areas reviewed in certification process:

1) Sustainable Business

2) Innovative Leadership

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4) Strategic Management

5) Stakeholder Engagement

6) Global Citizenship

7) Supply Chain Management

8) Quality of Service

9) Luxury Distinction

10) Giving Back Commitment

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Where is away? Plastics and disposables

Where is away? Plastics and disposables
What kind of world would you like to leave our future generations?
 Your children and their children …
What can you do to make a difference?

Please spend two minutes with Julia Butterfly Hill, Author and Activist, watching this video.

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Essential tools for your GREEN TEAM

Strategic Management

Hire right, manage for strengths, build trust, invest in your employees development and coach with compassion. Celebrate diversity, talents and contributions. Manage with intention, not on a whim.

Build a shared vision for a better world with your GREEN TEAM.

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Hospitality Audit Programs

Perhaps, it’s the time to begin your GREEN TEAM and make a positive impact on your company culture? Focus on low hanging fruit. Small investment with huge payoffs.

Your team can start easily and seamlessly improve by choosing from these four audit programs:

1) Energy, Water and Waste Management Efficiency

2) Landscape Optimization

3) Employee Engagement

4) Financial Finesse

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Doing well and doing good

Sustainable Business

The more sustainable your business is, the better for you, your employees and your bottom lines (people, planet and profit). Sustainable businesses have the cutting-edge, competitive advantage when operating profitably, innovatively and responsibly.

Could your company benefit from learning what industry leaders are doing now? Could your team use some inspiration for new thoughts, processes and innovations?

Perhaps, it’s time to participate in an Introduction to Sustainability Workshop.

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Viva GREEN Las Vega$

Las Vegas is GREEN. Amazing but true.

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I lived in Las Vegas for five years and never heard a word about sustainability in the 1990’s. However, I was always impressed and inspired with the innovative business practices of my employer, the Wynn properties (including Bellagio, The Mirage, Treasure Island and Golden Nuggets). I often wonder, if I still lived in Vegas, whether I’d be working for Zappos.com. Either way, it’s wonderful to know that even sin-city who thrives in lights, action and over-consumption is taking steps to ‘do good and do well.”

I am inspired to share this article I read this morning from Smart Planet, “Verde Las Vegas?” by Mary Catherine O’Connor. Ironically, I’m now in Las Vega$. Apropos. as we’ll be visiting the revamped downtown today.

Progress in Las Vegas

The following stats were excerpted from this inspiring Smart Planet article:

– Reduced its energy consumption by 22 percent since 2010.Night illumination of the modern luxury hotel on Palm Jumeirah m
– 8 percent of electricity comes from solar panels with plans to gain another 13 percent of energy from solar.
– Local government is prioritizing walkable communities.
– Waste oil from kitchens serving the nearly 40 million annual visitors is collected and used to help power city busses, running on biodiesel.
Caesars has reduced its landfill contribution by 25 percent by managing their own recycling facilities.
– Water consumption has reduced about 40 percent since 1989, despite the city’s significant growth.

Looking forward to seeing more

Kudos to Las Vegas. Hoping they will inspire more cities to make positive changes for our future and prosperity for all.

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Building global citizens for a better world

Global Citizenship

Blazon LaurelsThe future of our world is at our fingertips. At work and play, our choices can make an impact locally and globally.

What is important is that we are aware of our responsibility as global citizens to uphold values of social and environmental justice.

What role are you and your organization playing as global citizens? Would you like to contribute more?

 

Perhaps, it’s time for your team to participate in The Global Citizenship Experience?

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