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As we enjoy the seasonal change from summer to fall, I am captivated by the notion of transformation.
My computer offers nine possible definitions. Here are three that speak to the kind of transformation necessary to create a sustainable world:
transformation , trans•for•mā´ shon, n.
1. complete change
No explanation required!
2. substitution of variables
Thank you mathematicians – in business and in the marketplace, we need to substitute one set of variables for another – for instance let’s replace the immediate gratification of quarterly returns with long-term planning.
3. sudden set change
Thank you thespians – yes we need a sudden set change. Let’s start with mental set and set of operating principles. If we don’t, we’ll see an even more dramatic set change in our natural environment and social well-being.
This summer, transformation was the theme of my research for Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR). As you’ll see in my latest blog post, we have developed a draft list of 18 characteristics of a transformational company. Already some companies are leading the way. If more companies embrace this kind of work, it will challenge the status quo of today’s business model. It’s not easy, but that’s what we need: a sudden set change.
We will present the transformational company characteristics at the upcoming CBSR Summit in Toronto on Nov. 7 for discussion and input. Please join us.
Now here’s more....
NEWS FROM STRANDBERG CONSULTING
I continue to help a number of companies with their sustainable purchasing policies, CSR leadership strategies and accountability reports. Let me know if you would like help in this area.
Here are highlights from other current projects. I welcome any thoughts or questions you might have.
Executive Sustainability Compensation
Sustainable Industry Associations
Latest Blog Posts
Since my last newsletter, I've added the following posts to my blog. I welcome your thoughts on:
Transformational companies tackle the double whammy
To qualify as "transformational," a company must both transform its own business model toward sustainability and the larger economic ecosystem in which it exists.
That's a double whammy. But no company operates in complete isolation. So, in order to create a truly sustainable company, the economic system in which that company exists will also have to change – or be changed.
Excessive executive compensation not sustainable for companies – or society
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