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HIP Investor— Q&A with R Paul Herman

August 30th, 2010 · No Comments

Earlier this week we reviewed HIP Investor by R Paul Herman. The HIP approach (Human Impact +Profit) is a tried and packaged method for assessing companies for their ability to simultaneously make better profits BY making a better world. I had a chance to ask a few follow up questions of Paul. What was the […]

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HIP Investor:Making Bigger Profits by Building a Better World

August 25th, 2010 · No Comments

By R Paul Herman A Book Review R. Paul Herman has written a highly practical book. It is also educational. He has developed a system for scoring the combined profitability and responsibility of a company. This is useful for investors who want to make decisions with conscience and also desire to grow their own security […]

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Green Businesses Report Losses: Investing for Responsibility and Profitability

August 23rd, 2010 · No Comments

Vestas Wind, the global market leader in manufacturing wind turbines, posted a $185m loss in its second quarter, blaming delays in clean energy projects. Investing is a tricky business under any circumstances. When your retirement plan or the companies future reserves are involved, it has an added dimension of stress because so much rides on […]

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Sam Ford, Fast Company Expert Blogger answers questions

August 20th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Sam Ford is a Fast Company expert blogger at the intersection of business, digital and culture. I raved about his blog yesterday in a review. I posed some questions to Sam and here are his replies. Check out his multi-disciplinary take on twitter @sam_ford or his blog. 1. How does thinking shape the PR world? […]

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Does Social Media Makes Businesses Stupid? Or Smart?

August 19th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Nick Carr argues in his most recent book, “The Shallows” that the Internet is making us less attentive and in general less intelligent. Carr has stirred up some controversy and his concept has certainly not been universally adopted. What if it is not the Internet at all but something else? “The problem is not the […]

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Trade Deficits, Fair Trade and Climate Change—Where Lies Responsibility?

August 16th, 2010 · No Comments

As I read three articles in close succession, I found a tough pull between three really important concerns. The Financial Times on August 11,( Alan Beattie in Washington and Alan Rappeport in New York)  reported that the trade deficit has risen to its highest level in 21 months.  We are building a huge national debt by allowing […]

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Sway: The Irresistible Pull of Irrational Behavior

August 12th, 2010 · No Comments

We all like to think of ourselves as rationale, but so often we are not. So why are we surprised when Executives like Mark Hurd of HP make bad choices. It does raise the question about what drives irrational behavior. And how this behavior can include some irresponsible choices. Work that Rom and Ori Brafman […]

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Q&A with Arlan Collins of Collins Woerman-Doing the Right Thing

August 9th, 2010 · No Comments

1. How did the recession effect your business and your thinking about business? How do you see yourself as having responded differently than most businesses have? CollinsWoerman is a regional architectural firm employing approximately 100 people. The recession has hit our industry very hard with approximately 60% of the architects in the state of Washington […]

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Why People, not policy and standards, fail companies

August 9th, 2010 · No Comments

The Wall Street Journal reported Mark Hurd, Hewlett Packard CEO, resigned for improper conduct with a female contractor. The company was quick to explain that he didn’t violate the company’s policy regarding sexual-harassment but rather submitted inaccurate expense reports that were intended to conceal what the company said was a “close personal relationship” with the […]

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Future of Management: Book Review, by Gary Hamel with Bill Breen

August 4th, 2010 · No Comments

Monday, we talked about why and how to change our conception of growth in business and economic terms. For a business to create evolutionary growth, rather than only expansion or only a twist on the known offerings, it requires an organization built to innovate. To have a business that can be tuned to such thinking […]

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