Category Archives: Leadership

Government and corporations are more problem than solution

on January 16, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

“Our environmental problems are so big, individual actions don’t matter. Only governments and corporations can make a difference.” I’ve come to see this view as backward. Governments and corporations are causing the problems. They are what we have to change. If we wait for them to act, we will lose. When you recognize that we have to motivate them to act, you realize they are the problem. I include universities[…] Keep reading →

A recent video overview on sustainability leadership

on January 11, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

Eugene Bible of the Verdant Growth videocast and soon host of a This Sustainable Life podcast offshoot hosted me on sustainability leadership. (Stay tuned for his podcast launch). Speaking communicates differently than writing, so you’ll hear me express things I can’t hear, plus I cover many things I haven’t covered here at all. It’s interactive so not just me talking. I recommend checking it out. It’s one conversation split into[…] Keep reading →

What one person does matters. What more evidence do you need?

on January 8, 2021 in Leadership

I’m always amazed at how much an individual’s whole being plays out in his or her interaction with the world. Look at how much Facebook, for example, manifests Mark Zuckerberg’s personality. It’s part of why I consider integrity so important everywhere in life, but especially among leaders. You might try to hide parts of yourself, but the parts you want to hide the most reveal themselves most under times of[…] Keep reading →

Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth

on January 7, 2021 in Leadership

As a bone heals stronger where it broke and an immune system learns to heal when invaded by disease, we will emerge stronger. I mainly write about sustainability and cleaning the air, water, and land we share. I have never wavered from achieving these goals only through freedom and democracy. I will do all I can to enable future historians to mark January 6, 2021 as the day we recognized[…] Keep reading →

2020 versus 2021

on January 6, 2021 in Leadership, Nature

People said they looked forward to 2020 ending. They wanted to return to normalcy. They didn’t like 2020 because they compared it to 2019. I compare 2020 to 2021 and beyond. I expect the trend will continue and we’ll miss 2020’s relative calm. Politically, I expect more unity and less strife, as I can’t imagine Biden exacerbating division as Trump did. I see the pandemic as an environmental problem. People[…] Keep reading →

Did you make 2020 your finest hour?

on December 29, 2020 in Leadership, Models, Perception

“Our finest hour” never describes a bright sunny morning with the birds singing, however fine such an hour. I associate the phrase with the movie Apollo 13. The flight director said the astronauts’ perilous state after an explosion in space on the way to the moon “could be the worst disaster NASA’s ever experienced.” His peer responded, “With all due respect, sir, I believe this is going to be our[…] Keep reading →

A leadership lesson from Ronald Reagan I’ve taken to heart

on December 27, 2020 in Leadership

While I can’t shake that my foremost memory of Ronald Reagan was the Iran-Contra affair—one of my earliest political memories—lately some words of his have given me great leadership direction. I believe they explain a lot of why most attempts to promote sustainability haven’t worked. His quote: If you’re explaining, you’re losing. As I’m writing my book on sustainability leadership, this quote is guiding me. Any time I find myself[…] Keep reading →

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