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A Company That Refuses to Gauge Its Success Through Growth

There’s an astonishing page in the latest Patagonia sports clothing catalog, written by Yvon Chouinard, president of Patagonia. It tells why he’s decided that …

If People Are Assets, Why Do We Treat Them Like Expenses?

There is a lot of talk in the business community about “people being our most important assets.” It sounds like a good idea — recognizing …

It Will Take Time to Perfect Recycling

Periodic gluts and shortfalls in the recycling industry aren’t a signal that recycling doesn’t work, says Donella Meadows. Such behavior is characteristic of any system …

The Need to Understand One Another

Years ago, before diversity became an almost faddish concern for managers everywhere, a wise older gentleman, John Bemis, helped me see the deep connections …

Finding the Right Leverage Point

You have had some success with visionary planning and now you intend to begin using “systems thinking” to help achieve your vision. In fact you …

Shifting the Burden: The “Helen Keller” Loops

Most of us know the story of Helen Keller and have probably sympathized with her and her parents, whose actions to protect their handicapped daughter …

The Case for Systemwide Learning

In his book Synchronicity, Joseph Jaworski describes two scenarios developed by Shell in the early 1990s. “New Frontiers” depicts a world where “rich and …

Conversational Leadership: Thinking Together for a Change

AUTHORS’ NOTE: We’d like to thank and honor Carolyn Baldwin, a pioneering educator and World Café host, for coining the phrase “conversational leadership”; strategic illustrator …

Empowering Multigenerational Collaboration in the Workplace

Today’s workforce represents a broad range of age groups. As a result of college internships, modern healthcare, antidiscrimination laws, and a plethora of lifestyle …

Overcoming the Seven Sustainability Blunders

In response to growing environmental and social equity problems, hundreds of private and public “sustainable development” initiatives have blossomed across the globe since the …