We are in the planning and fundraising stage of our GRAND TOUR! If you, life me, have confidence in the creative ability of American Business, if you, like me, believe that American business people are WAY more in touch with reality than our government appears to be; then you will as thrilled as I am to hear the stories of these pioneers.
Over the next few months I will be interviewing small business owners who take both culture and sustainability seriously. I will be sharing their insights, tips and tricks with you in this blog and in my podcast, Sustainable Intelligence.
I need YOUR help! You are my eyes and ears – I need to know what is happening in your community that the rest of us would benefit from knowing about. If you know about a company with a stellar culture or a firm commitment to sustainability let me know and I will contact them. The interviews will determine our schedule and the route of the Tour, so send’m in!
It takes a whole organization to make sustainability work. To get that kind of commitment it takes unique and creative leadership. The kicker is that those same characteristics are what makes a slam bang company – period!
It is time that we:
- Start learning from each other. We haven’t done much since the early days of benchmarking when companies actually helped each other.
- Begin to consciously create cultures that work. Up to now few entrepreneurs or business leaders that culture seriously, it is often a confusing accident.
- Take the long view (pun intended) of sustainability and work to shift business practices from the first stage of sustainability (reduced resource use) to the fourth stage (refreshing the Earth)
How DO you get buy in? How do you evaluate input? How do you let all employees contribute without creating chaos? These questions and others are what I am seeking answers to from wise business leaders nation-wide.
I’ll be part of the open space part of the Agile Culture Conference in both Philadelphia and Boston in September. There I will be sharing the Birds of a Feather™ culture model. Attendees will get practice in looking at their culture and leadership behavior, predicting responses to issues they are struggling with as they attempt to implement the Agile process, and then trouble shooting to solve and/or head off those potential roadblocks.
If you want to hear these stories join me as I seek them out. Contribute: let me know who I should be talking to, and donate to the Tour. I will be traveling the country in my RV – Gabby with Rowdy and Priscilla . I’ll share my experience of the country, the natural beauty of our land, the thoughts of the people I meet along the way, business folks and non-business. I’ll be sharing the RV experience in another blog set up just for conversations by about and in Gabby.
Now it’s YOUR turn – who should we interview?
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