Archive for the ‘Sustainability Discourse’ Category

What is leadership?

June 19, 2010

Paris-Roubaix 2007 - The leaders

I’m looking for an answer. 

I have read countless books and listened to hundreds of audio tapes on the subject.  I’m interested to hear others’ thoughts on the subject.

Is it about influence?

It is the position you hold?

Is it about how much you can get others to do?

It is about how far you can lead others to develop themselves?

Is it about the quality of your influence?


Obama’s Katrina

June 19, 2010

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I have an hour commute every day.  I have the pleasure of listening to America Left and America Right in the morning and night respectively to gain a balanced perspective on current events.  I read the Wall Street Journal on a daily basis.

It never ceases to amaze me that all of these media outlets propagate the problem of placing blame when anything goes awry.  Why has the focus of the news media, the administration, the companies involved been on who is at fault? 
Why hasn’t the focus and attention been on how to identify the issue at hand and resolve. 

Adm. Thad Allen, an amazingly intelligent man and great leader, can do only as much as the political wonks allow him.  Infighting between local, state, and federal entities matched with the placing of blame on a foreign company has taken this disaster recovery and fed it to the birds.  We are satisfied with oil belching in to the Gulf?  We are more focused on ensuring that BP PAYS the CASH out than saving the thousands of species that are and will be completely decimated by this event. 

Where is our illustrious President when it comes to cleaning the birds?  He’s out making speeches on how BP will pay for the recovery, NOT on getting more people down there to assist in the clean up operations and how to stop that hole from causing more damage.

What is sustainability?

March 20, 2010

Toilet paper holder in a New Zealand shop

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It’s a buzzword with meaning.  The Green Movement has hijacked Sustainability as a guidon for followers.  In reality, sustainability is a three-part process that unites social, environmental, and economic policy to create long-term solutions to the issues that we face.

Too often, we associate sustainability with “Green.”  Sure, a portion of it has to do with the environment.  However, it is more than that.  It is a common sense approach to life.  If you use up all of your toilet paper, what are you going to wipe your backside with?  If you treat your workers in an inhumane manner, are they going to provide you with their highest level of output.  If you recklessly spend your money on one product, will you have enough to reinvest in new research to grow your business?

The answer to these??? A resounding No. 

Why should you, your family, and your company adopt sustainability as a way of life?  It makes sense.  It goes back to the Golden Rule- treat others as you would like to be treated.  Take care of your workers, they will take care of you.  Take care of your toilet paper supply, and your backside won’t burn.  Take care of your garden, and it will provide you with endless food sources. 

So why do we connect sustainability with Green?  Because Green is sexy.  Green is the hot topic of today.  Green is the UN climate, global warming scandal.  Green is the Greenpeacer’s of the world angering businesses. 

If people were smart, they would get the concept that Green folks need to unite with financial reformers and social improvement folks to improve things around this world.  The sooner we do that, the sooner we’ll be able to live a robust life here on this Earth.

Health Care Debate: Sustaining Power

March 20, 2010

I’m going to throw this one out there for some consideration:  I ask you to ask yourself why congressional members are afraid to vote for fear of retribution?  If you are not supporting the will of your constituents, then how are you serving them?  If Democratic Leaders insist upon twisting the arms of its  party members to blindly follow party lines in the face of negative public opinion, then will they sustain power?

Resource Wars

March 14, 2010

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Food for thought…

When there is only one source for potable water, who gets it?

Substance without Substance

March 13, 2010

Old-fashioned pharmacy, all wood and glass

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Knowledge is power. 

In order to maintain a sustainable source of knowledge, the education system must protect the diversity of ideas.  When the message is constant, there is only one source of supply. 

Just as in the case of any natural resource, overuse of any one resource will cause its elimination. 

I am very concerned about the “stupidification” (yep, I’m making up a word) of today’s society.  We have laws to ensure that our students can pass tests.  The only trouble with this is that the tests are published and teachers teach the tests.  Therefore, the creators of the tests define the knowledge base of our nation. 

Teachers place unruly children in Special Education and insist upon the parents medicating the children in the name of collective learning.  Doctors willingly pass out prescriptions like candy. ..

The next few generations will be programmed in the exact manner that the leadership of today wishes them.  Does this not frighten anyone? 

When a resource is focused on and depleted, it is gone.