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May 2011

What Did Osama Bin Laden do for Sustainable Strategic Planning?

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00May 3rd, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, 3. Embracing Change, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

The death of Osama Bin Laden this week illuminated to the world the tenacity of the United States in its relentless pursuit of the mastermind of the September 11th attacks. It’s been ten years in the making since the tragedy of the twin towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93, and it’s still resonates within the minds of many Americans. The dreadful acts on that day forever changed the minds of United States citizens and for many around the world. It was a wake-up call for many of us. We have since endured security changes that make us long for the olden days where we could actually greet our loved ones at the airport arrival gate.

One of the key things that changed was our view of crisis management and travel in the workplace at at home.  We now analyze data more thoroughly and look for solutions to keep the organization thriving.  Sustainable strategic planning became a necessity as we […]

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April 2011

Bull City Forward Sustainable Strategic Planning Poster!

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00April 30th, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, 4. Collaborative Relationships, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

Yesterday evening, I attended the one year anniversary celebration of Bull City Forward, a non-profit in Durham that was created to foster the development of social enterprises.   Many leaders in the Durham social enterprise scene were there including Social Enterprise Network of the Triangle members, Jeff Stern from TROSA, Ann Woodward from the Scrap Exchange, Chris Carmody from Green Plus, and Matt Nash from the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise at Duke.   I had a chance to quickly chat with Bull City Forward  Executive Director, Christopher Gergen, and his enthusiasm and passion are clearly a force with the organization. He has a vision to see North Carolina as a hub of social enterprise activity throughout the State, and he’s already working with Charlotte to begin the Queen City Forward organization.  I have no doubt he’ll be working to build a statewide organization in the years to come.

He unveiled a poster at the event which revealed his sustainable strategic […]

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Sustainable Wedding Options

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00April 29th, 2011|3. Embracing Change, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

With over two billion people watching around the world, the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton became big news. With all the doom and gloom and bad news that we’ve seen with tornadoes, tsunamis and tragedies, it’s nice to see an optimistic event take the center stage.

What impressed me the most about the couple was their decision to create a charitable fund where people can direct donations to twenty six charities in lieu of wedding gifts.  The donations are separated into five categories which are:

– Changing Lives Through Arts and Sport;
– Children Fulfilling Their Potential;
– Help and Care at Home;
– Support for Service Personnel and Their Families and
– Conservation for Future Generations

The charities cover a wide range of areas.  And this was a perfect gesture for a couple who embraces the philosophy of sustainability.  When a couple like this clearly has financial stability, giving back to general social and environmental returns is a perfect way to celebrate […]

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Happy Earth Day: Simple Steps toward Environmental Sustainability

2017-01-17T17:22:45-04:00April 22nd, 2011|3. Embracing Change, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

Happy Earth Day!  Since it’s humble beginning over 20 years ago, people are now taking the time to consider how their daily actions affect our planet.  More and more organizations are looking at simple steps to become environmentally sustainable.  Some have scheduled special events during this week to encourage employees to consider their actions carefully and work toward building practices that help the environment.  Consider the following simple steps to incorporate into your office practice:

1) Provide your staff with two containers for every workspace. One for trash and one for recycling. If you want to take it a step further, provide multiple bins so that employees can separate recycled items based on type.
2) Review your policies that require paper and look at ways to convert these to online practices. For example, do you use paper purchase orders and paper invoices when working with vendors and clients? Is there a way to implement a system to use PDF forms as a way […]

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September 2010

Appreciating Your Customers

2017-01-17T17:22:46-04:00September 8th, 2010|1000 Cranes News, 5. Helping Others|

Blue_gift I recently completed an online survey for a hotel property regarding a recent stay in Virginia.  I have been generally pretty happy staying at this property line, so I was very disappointed when I woke up that morning to find that the hot water wasn’t working at the hotel.   There’s nothing worse in my opinion that having to deal with a cold shower before getting ready for an important meeting or speaking engagement.

Pressing On. Needless to say, I had to grin and bear it, and I must admit it was a terrible start to the day.   I think I’m paying the price by fighting a cold from the stress of the situation.  I had thought that the next time I was in that area, I would likely consider another place to stay, so when the survey came through, I thought it was time to provide some honest feedback.

Survey Results.  I didn’t think much after submitting the […]

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Saving Lives and Time through Disaster Planning

2017-01-17T17:22:47-04:00September 2nd, 2010|5. Helping Others|

Neighbors I just finished a two day engagement at the Tidewater Community College Academy for Nonprofit Excellence where we discussed several nonprofit standards.  During the class, many of the students were concerned with the possible damage that may be caused by Hurricane Earl that is fast approaching the North Carolina and Virginia Coast. 

The class had a great discussion regarding Disaster Planning and here are a few things to keep in mind:

  1. Have a phone tree.  Make sure there is a clear discussion regarding how people will be notified regarding how to take action in case of a storm.
  2. Have an emergency notification line.  This is typically a recorded message that can be checked frequently by people regarding the status of your organization during inclement weather.  This frees up your main line to handle other calls.
  3. Have offsite storage of documents.  Sometimes it's good to have offsite storage in another city/state in addition to the records you […]
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