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Posted: Apr 20, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The urgency to address climate change and other environmental challenges has never been greater. And encouragingly, there seems to be a constant and increasing beat of corporate commitments that range from pledging to use more renewable energy to making products that are more environmentally responsible. These wide-ranging commitments provide a clear indication to who is leading, who is partnering, and who may be lagging. What may not be as clear though is the degree to which businesses as a collective force are taking action.
Posted: Apr 15, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
What makes a business truly competitive? What is it that gives a market advantage? What helps in establishing a truly unique brand identity? The answer to all these questions lies in the ability to deliver the latest products at the best prices.
Posted: Apr 11, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Ira Chaleff is the founder of the International Leadership Association’s Followership Learning Community, chairman emeritus of the nonpartisan Congressional Management Foundation, and an adjunct professor at Georgetown University - where his course Courageous Followership is part of the core curriculum for staff. He is also an author, speaker, workshop presenter, and innovative thinker on the beneficial use of power between those who are leading those who are following in any given situation. His latest book, Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong breaks new ground exploring why we obey and how we might equip ourselves with the skills to resist inappropriate orders and find better and ethical ways to achieve goals.
Posted: Apr 06, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
IKEA Sustainability Officer Steve Howard practically shook the earth when he announced early this year that the home furniture market had reached “peak stuff.” New product sales, he said, had already seen their heyday and were now entering a decline. And he wasn’t just speaking off the cuff—IKEA is currently positioning their business towards a circular economy while still hoping to double sales by 2020.
That would undoubtedly represent a watershed moment in sustainability—producing goods like home furnishings shrinks the world’s resources considerably. But the public’s desire for disposable, fashionable goods is what grew IKEA into the massive furniture provider it is today. So why would the company be considering such a sharp deviation from that business model?
Posted: Apr 04, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Thomas McQuillan is a Business Analyst at Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. where he leads the SparCs initiative to eliminate food waste from the company’s production process. Prior to joining Baldor, he was owner and president of IDC Corporation, a company that produced mechanical insulation, safety and abatement supplies. In his new role, he is tasked with developing a strategic initiative to reduce the food waste Baldor produces daily.
Posted: Apr 01, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Posted: Mar 30, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
More and more, employees want to know how the work they do every day matters. They are seeking purpose in their jobs and are looking to their employers to provide it. As an employer how do you ensure your employees are truly excited and passionate about your organization’s mission? This question is increasingly on the minds of business leaders, particularly in a world where employees are busier than ever and changing jobs more frequently.
Posted: Mar 28, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Globalization, disruptive technologies, pressure on finite resources, increasing social disparity, and demand for business transparency: Enter the age of uncertainty, ushering in new ways of operating and organizing and heralding the distributed, networked, anti-fragile, flourishing firms of the future.
Posted: Mar 25, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
“We can’t get any.”
“We ran out.”
“We don’t know where to find them.”
These are common responses by factory nurses and managers when asked if they have health education materials available for their workers in low and middle income countries.
Posted: Mar 23, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
How good are you? Most companies tell their employees they are (of course) the best. But the truth is little time or money is spent confirming or dispelling the notion. Why take the risk of diminishing your company’s perceived achievements, because after all that’s how performance reviews and subsequent bonuses and promotions are determined, right?
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