Monthly Archives: October 2011

An ecosystems approach to business . . .

Destroying rainforests for economic gain is like burning a Renaissance painting to cook a meal.   ~E. O. Wilson Between 1970-1973 I was fortunate enough to be a graduate student in biology at Harvard University.  It was during this time … Continue reading

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Over-fishing is painfully evident – action, no more studies

“Today, fishery managers are continuing to ignore the law and allow unsustainable fishing for too many of our economically and ecologically important fish. It’s time to listen to the science and put long-term sustainability ahead of short-term profits.”  ~Mark Powell … Continue reading

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McKinsey misses the point, again . .

Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.  ~Phil Donahue Another McKinsey Quarterly came across my computer screen the other day and it seems to me that the great analytical and analysis skills of McKinsey&Co completely miss the point, … Continue reading

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Where does “know how” fit on the balance sheet?

Your most precious possession is not your financial assets. Your most precious possession is the people you have working there, and what they carry around in their heads, and their ability to work together.  ~Robert Reich I was in a client … Continue reading

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Profiles in Leadership – Orri Vigfusson

“My objective is to restore the abundance of wild salmon that formerly existed on both sides of the North Atlantic. This can only be achieved by safeguarding the fish at sea. If the numbers of salmon and many other species … Continue reading

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The Courage (?) of Banking Leadership . . .

It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.  ~Mark Twain Are my expectations about leadership too high?  Am I living in the past?  Should I just give in and accept … Continue reading

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Sometimes the job is harder at home (revisited) . . .

This is one of my most popular posts from several months ago, but it warrants a rethink by all of us. I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich.  ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, … Continue reading

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