A Look at the Fossil Fuel Ecosystem

Our challenge for the future is that we realize we are very much a part of the earth’s ecosystem, and we must learn to respect and live according to the basic biological laws of nature.      ~Jim Fowler

I recently wrote about an ecosystem approach to business.  Several readers commented on how looking at business, or any set of activities, as a complex interconnected set of interdependent relationships has helped them better understand vexing situations.

I can see a factory as an ecosystem, with inputs (raw materials, energy, etc.) as inputs and finished goods as outputs, with the real ecosystem being what goes on inside the factory walls.  The human behaviors that either facilitate or slow down outputs.  The business processes that either create waste or flow efficiently.  For our work in strategy execution, studying an organization (factory, retail store, warehouse, entire company) as an ecosystem has brought many useful insights and solutions to difficult problems.

I recently ran across this video of the history of the “fossil fuel ecosystem”.  Next time you turn on a light, fill up at the service station, remember what is really going on in this ecosystem.  Since we are not bystanders, but active participants in this fossil fuel ecosystem, we can impact the outcome by our choices and our behavior.

It’s called 300 years of fossil fuels in 300 seconds.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJ-J91SwP8w

Tight Lines . . .

John R Childress

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About johnrchildress

John Childress is a pioneer in the field of strategy execution, culture change, executive leadership and organization effectiveness, author of several books and numerous articles on leadership, an effective public speaker and workshop facilitator for Boards and senior executive teams. Between 1974 and 1978 John was Vice President for Education and a senior workshop leader with PSI World, Inc. a public educational organization. In 1978 John co-founded The Senn-Delaney Leadership Consulting Group, the first international consulting firm to focus exclusively on culture change, leadership development and senior team alignment. Between 1978 and 2000 he served as its President and CEO and guided the international expansion of the company. His work with senior leadership teams has included companies in crisis (GPU Nuclear – owner of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plants following the accident), deregulated industries (natural gas pipelines, telecommunications and the breakup of The Bell Telephone Companies), mergers and acquisitions and classic business turnaround scenarios with global organizations from the Fortune 500 and FTSE 250 ranks. He has designed and conducted consulting engagements in the US, UK, Europe, Middle East, Africa, China and Asia. Currently John is an independent advisor to CEO’s, Boards, management teams and organisations on strategy execution, corporate culture, leadership team effectiveness, business performance and executive development. John was born in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon and eventually moved to Carmel Highlands, California during most of his business career. John is a Phi Beta Kappa scholar with a BA degree (Magna cum Laude) from the University of California, a Masters Degree from Harvard University and was a PhD candidate at the University of Hawaii before deciding on a career as a business entrepreneur in the mid-70s. In 1968-69 he attended the American University of Beirut and it was there that his interest in cultures, leadership and group dynamics began to take shape. John Childress currently resides in London and the south of France with his family and is an avid flyfisherman, with recent trips to Alaska, the Amazon River, Tierra del Fuego, and Kamchatka in the far east of Russia. He is a trustee for Young Virtuosi, a foundation to support talented young musicians. You can reach John at john@johnrchildress.com or john.childress@theprincipiagroup.com
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