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In Business and Sustainability Leadership: Is fiction a good way to teach business lessons

November 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

Steve Denning wrote a wonderful blog this week on the power of story-telling for use in change. He points out that “the power of storytelling rests on people-centered values. By contrast, the values of the traditional organization are related to things: making money, maximizing efficiency, exploiting people as “human resources” and enhancing the bottom line. […]

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Confidence in Business— Improving the Economy, report of WSJ CEO Council

November 22nd, 2010 · No Comments

John Bussey, a business journalist for the Wall Street Journal Nov. 22, 2010 interviewed the WSJ CEO Council on “what can companies do to help the economy improve?” The group took to heart the poll data that showed very low approval ratings or confidence in business. That was albeit in large corporations. The numbers are […]

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How much tax is considered Responsible? The Brain decides

November 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Jonah Lehrer, my hands down favorite neuroscientist, explains the role of altruism and greed in the tax debate and gives a surprise answer to why responsible is innate to our human experience. In his piece in the Wall Street journal entitled: Are we hardwired to love taxes?, he shared recent brain research that suggest that […]

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Political Donations without Transparency threatens democracy

November 10th, 2010 · 3 Comments

@AMOLMEHRA wrote an excellent piece for Forbes CSR blog. Until businesses see democracy, along with sustainability, as part of CSR, they do not represent The Responsible Business. Every action, including how they manage employees, promote democracy. Engaging in dialogue and building non-hierarchical organizations supports democracy. People learn to blame others when not in a self-organizing […]

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From Fair Trade to Economic Vitality: IEA Study Issues Bad Report Card

November 8th, 2010 · No Comments

The Institute of Economic Affairs took a hard look at Fair Trade Practice and found it wanting in its Fairtrade without Froth Report. Its critique looked at whether it is different than Free Trade. It is not. It is a philosophy of Free Trade. It creates an alternative distribution channel for a particular niche of […]

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Seventh Generation’s Founder Jeffrey Hollender Fired by Board of Directors

November 4th, 2010 · 7 Comments

The stickiest challenge in being a responsible business is the relationship with investors. Hands down. In publically held companies it is easier to see what is happening because it has to be made transparent to the public. But in privately held companies, there are far fewer requirements. I am a shareholder in Seventh Generation who […]

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Financial Effectiveness: Q & A with LearnVest

November 3rd, 2010 · 1 Comment

In my Oct. 25 post, I referred to an artice by Dan Mascai, in Fast Company‘s October 2010 issue.  He offers a great example of  the financial industry engaging in what I call Customer Social Responsibility. Alexa von Tobel, a former Morgan Stanley employee after graduating from Harvard, started a LearnVest. It targets women under forty, who are very […]

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CSR Needs a New Name: Altruism, Sustainability and Best Practices are Not What It Is About.

November 1st, 2010 · No Comments

My mother’s most often instruction to me was to be “considerate”.  What she meant was that I needed to think about the affect of my actions on others. It was good advice although I did not appreciate it in the moment. She was also quick to point out when I was only “considering” myself, not […]

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