Gareth Morgan, economist, philanthropist, activist and entrepreneur doesn’t like the impact that sugar has on our health and suggests taxing sugar rich products, such as soft drinks. His book, Appetite for Destruction, provides compelling arguments for changing the environmental levers that make processed food ubiquitous, so that people are encouraged to eat more fresh fruit… Continue reading Gareth Morgan’s “kicking the can”
Money is like blood for the body economic. It has to keep circulating for local economies to prosper. But what if that economic lifeblood is being drained away by national or international businesses? I spent Monday and Tuesday this week at an inspirational conference hosted by the Far North District Council (FNDC) – the governing… Continue reading Do you get the potential of local currencies?
This post is about change – the fundamental change that we must master to transform our world. Why – because our current economic and political systems have pretty much reached their “use by” date. They are struggling to deliver the benefits they have previously generated in such abundance. Until we change the assumptions that support… Continue reading The twilight of capitalism?
Materiality assessments are a way for organisations to identify what matters to stakeholders, thus creating solid leads toward developing a sustainability plan. This is why engagement is the leading edge of sustainability – by engaging with our stakeholders and finding out what is important to them, we can shape strategy to be better aligned with… Continue reading Materiality assessment at UPS
We are on the verge of a major change in the health system both here in New Zealand and in the wider world. We face to sad paradox – while an estimated 870 million people are under nourished, over 1.4 billion are over weight. Both phenomena create consequent health problems, causing human misery and depleting… Continue reading The anatomy of health changes
The All Blacks are arguably the most successful International sports team. This year they won all 14 games against the top teams in the world. The All Blacks culture is the foundation for their success. I teach organisational culture, so I know the theory well and I am always looking for strong examples. They are… Continue reading All Blacks culture drives their success
Having effective ways to collaborate online enhances our ability to engage in a meaningful way. You have probably worked on a shared document with others by sending emails back and forth. This seems to still be the default way to collaborate, but it is less than ideal. It sometimes hard to identify the latest version… Continue reading Five ways to collaborate online
This superb infographic from http://www.emergency-management-degree.org reveals the power of social media to help with crisis management. Note that Youtube has surpassed 1 billion unique monthly users.
Over the last few decades communication channels have multiplied and in some organisations, communications have improved, but for the vast majority, workplace communication is still a major impediment to both organisational effectiveness and individual well-being. What are the solutions? How will the breakthroughs come? The foundations have been laid. The Internet has been with us for almost 25 years.… Continue reading Waiting for the communication revolution
Josh Bersin has produced an excellent article in Linkedin about employee retention and engagement. This image from the article combines the potential value add as employees get inducted and trained. Notice the how the discretionary effort from high engagement creates higher value. For complex jobs that you are familiar with, what is the time period… Continue reading Employee Retention Now a Big Issue: Why the Tide has Turned