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Happy Birthday Jane Goodall!

"Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference."

— Jane Goodall


This photo and her 80th birthday brought me joy today. Photo credit: Rainforest Action Network

A historical view of  Jane Goodall’s life work

"Chimpanzees … have been living for hundreds of thousands of years in their forest…never overpopulating, never destroying the forest. I would say that they have been in a way more successful than us as far as being in harmony with the environment."

— Jane Goodall

Living a Life and a Legacy

Jane Goodall is such an honorable person. She is leaving quite a legacy by following her dreams and passion. She has lead the way for animal rights and ecological preservation.

Which lead me to this thought … Mother Teresa didn’t start her life work in India until she was 40. What beauty and love she brought into our world. Hope for the poverty stricken and an example for us all. Quite a legacy.

And one last thought, Malala Yousafzai was only 14 when she made headlines and, consequently, helped girls worldwide be brave enough to fight for their educational rights (even against the Taliban). Yes, another legacy.

Jane Goodall is in good company with many of  the inspirational women of our time.


It’s never too late and it’s never too early to make a difference.

How to find out more and get involved!

icon-leafSupport The Jane Goodall Institute


icon-leafLike Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots Program on Facebook and support their mission.

To foster respect and compassion for all living things.
To promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs.
To inspire each individual to take action to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment.


icon-leafBecome a chimp guardian


icon-leafCreate a sustainable home garden


icon-leafRead Jane Goodall’s newly published book, “Seeds of Hope: Wisdom and Wonder from the World of Plants” 


GLOBAL CITIZENS … Thank you for all you do to make the world a better place!


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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.

Watch a clip from Saving Mr. Banks

Anger Management

Saving Mr. Banks reminded me of my mediations training where I learned anger is really the second emotion. Most of us only learn how to express anger because we don’t understand our own feelings. What could that expression of anger really mean? Hurt, fear, sadness, disappointment, abandonment or something else entirely?

It’s important that we try to understand ourselves AND others. It’s helpful for those who love us to read between the lines, when possible. With other’s understanding, we might be able to learn for ourselves how to discover our own deeper emotions. With experience, perhaps, anger won’t be expressed at all (unless warranted).

Also, for true leadership, it’s helpful not to escalate situations. It’s better not to meet anger with anger. This movie showed many instances where silence and patience prevailed. A pause can sometimes lead to better understanding. Also, communication is key. Alternatively, asking the question rather than making a false assumption.

Maintaining Relationships

This example of strategic management can be applied at work or at home. Our success is directly related to how we build, nurture and maintain relationships. Listening leads to empathy which leads to trust which leads to strength in relationships.


I’d love to know how you liked the movie. Perhaps, you’d like to share other movies that had an impact on you? What can you add about listening, empathy and kindness? Please comment on the blog.

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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


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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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.

The Lorax Blazon Laurels


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

3) Organizational LearningScreen Shot 2013-04-16 at 10.44.57 AM

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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Viva GREEN Las Vega$

Las Vegas is GREEN. Amazing but true.


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.