Brace Yourself! This Wave Is Going to Be Big Sometimes we find the need to transform an organization — and sometimes the need finds us. I spent the better part of last year helping a major oil and gas company transform one of its business units. The business unit’s [...]
State Street's Center for Applied Research looks at how ESG investing can help improve not only risk-adjusted returns but our society as a whole.
When a project manager I knew and had worked with on other projects started the conversation with “How soon can you come to Houston?” I knew something was not right with his current project. I had worked with him in the past on other local projects, and I knew [...]
This series of articles is for the leaders in the trenches … the line and middle managers that are responsible, sometimes unknowingly, for half the market cap of a corporation. One error, incident, or security compromise can negatively impact a company overnight. In this series, we’ve addressed why senior [...]
This is the third in a series of articles for leaders in the trenches. In the first article, we focused on why senior leaders may miss the strategic importance of decisions made by workers and line managers daily and in the second, the drivers for those decisions. In this [...]
Hend Ezzeddine was recently interviewed by Office Products International as a follow-up to Expressworks' participation in their Global CEO Forum held in November, 2016. If you're interested in the top five things companies should be doing to reduce risk of...
Where are you going to be at 5pm today?Read the full article at: www.telegraph.co.uk We women try to do it all. Like Superwoman or the mythological Amazon warrior. This can be a blessing and a curse. Well…that’s a bit melodramatic. Better to say, it can be good or not so good, depending on the circumstance. Take, for example, the career and wife / mother balancing act so many of us do. Some days, it’s smooth sailing. We are strong, in command, queens of our castles. Other days, it feels like we’re magnets being pushed or pulled by anyone who waves a stronger magnet. Office deadlines vs. unexpected school emergencies, corner office vs. nursery, the need to travel vs. the desire to be at home, face time with the boss vs. quality time with the family. You get it. Yet we still try, working within the reality of our lives. While we chose this (though there are a good number of us who have no choice), we need to be smart about it. As Louisa Symington-Mills points out, there are dire consequences if we aren’t smart, and if we don’t take care of ourselves. “A recent study published by the Ohio State University found that - for women in particular - long working days can actually be risk. Researchers found that women who put in long hours in their careers greatly increase their risk of developing life-threatening illnesses, including heart disease and cancer. “Working weeks that averaged 60 hours per week or more, over three decades, were found to triple the risk of diabetes, cancer, heart trouble and arthritis. The risk begins to climb when women put in more than 40 hours and takes a decidedly bad turn above 50 hours, researchers found. “Crucially the same pattern was not seen in men. In fact, they got healthier the longer they worked. Researchers believe it is because women face additional pressure in their home lives.” It’s nice to have some data to prove it, but we could have told you that. We've known it for years; it’s part of that reality we live in. So, what can we do? As a starter, Symington-Mills offers a simple, straight forward suggestion: leave work when it’s quitting time. Ahhh! Good idea. Definitely worth a try. Realizing this may not be as easy as it sounds, Symington-Mills also offers six tips for helping us leave work on time. “Make sure you’re prioritising, start saying ‘no’, don’t over promise,” she suggests. Sure, we can try, and it would be easier with some help. So what can leaders do? They can do a lot. They can create a work environment that allows employees to maintain healthy life balances and a culture that empowers employees to openly embrace all aspects of their lives. Contact us and we can help you better understand how your company’s environment can impact the quality of the workplace and the health of your workers.
This series of articles is for the leaders in the trenches … the line and middle managers that are responsible, sometimes unknowingly, for half the market cap of a corporation. One error, incident, or security compromise can negatively impact a company overnight. Unfortunately, senior leaders often don’t get it. [...]
All humans have the capacity to be creative and many of us could unlock more of our creative potential with the right process and conditions. Read the full article at: www.weforum.org
Costa Rica plans to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021. And the Central American nation is not so far from that ambition — already 98 percent of its electricity comes from renewables.Read the full article at: www.renewableenergyworld.com In the midst of political discourse and disagreement over the validity of the science behind global warming, it is refreshing to see a country determinedly act to further its use of renewable energy. Costa Rica has managed to do what other democratic countries struggle to achieve; that is, identify a problem, determine a solution, establish a goal and take actions to accomplish it. At the opening of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, Costa Rica’s president Luis Guillermo Solis announced plans for “Costa Rica to be a carbon neutral country by the time it marks its bicentennial in 2021.” Carbon neutral. That’s huge even for a small country like Costa Rica. In fact, that’s huge for any entity – a city or a community. It’s huge even for an individual. Really, it’s just plain huge at any level. Costa Rica already gets 98% of its electricity from “renewables…mainly hydropower but also geothermal, wind, solar and biomass. The only fossil fuel it utilizes is diesel.” Yet, they continue to raise the bar. Solis said that Costa Rica’s decision to embrace renewables “ ‘was in no way improvised — it’s the constitutional right of the people to enjoy a clean environment.’ ” Right.