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Cheeks on seats = Good Training: Yes or No?

They come to your workshop, they stay, they go, they’ve learned. Right? Wrong. Together workshop attendance and the “smile sheet” (the form you fill out after a workshop), are still too often the only ways that many of us track our training. But when did you learn anything else from a smile sheet other than “The room was too hot”, “The lunch was too cold” or (hopefully!) “The trainer was …Read More

Why climate change is not the enemy and carbon is your friend

Did you take the Quiz above? What do your answers mean? If you answered “Yes” to all three questions, that’s fine. If you answered “No” to all three, that’s fine, too. Even if you answered “No idea”, “Don’t want to know”or “Too scared to look” – this is fine as well. Why? There’s no point squabbling about it – BECAUSE – carbon emissions are what we call a ‘proxy indicator’ …Read More

Reactive to creative: the trajectory of the learning organisation galvanised by the six capitals

When organisations start assessing their actions and impacts across the six capitals, AMAZING things happen. When we understand this amazingness, we can leverage it even more, to make more of a difference faster. This blog says more about the surprising reason firms must account for the six capitals in their company reports, described in more detail in a two-part article for Pure Advantage (see links at end). In Part 1 …Read More

The REAL – and very surprising – reason why companies must report against SIX capitals

We’ve just had that season again – no, I don’t mean for eating Easter eggs, but for presenting company reports. Columns of numbers that are eye-glazing for most of us, but vitally important for the integrity of business and the employment and other benefits it creates But a big shake-up is now well under way. In 2010 Mervyn King (economist and then Governor of the Bank of England) announced to …Read More

Company reports: integrated vs sustainability vs ESG vs responsibility?

In my series of articles for Pure Advantage on the six capitals I speak generally about “accounting for the six capitals” in order to span the wide variety of reports companies prepare to address their financial and other performance, whether in integrated reports, or in annual reports accompanied by separate sustainability and/or ecological, social and governance (ESG) or other corporate responsibility reports. The six capitals addressed in integrated company reports …Read More

Six capitals: the REAL returns on restoring our waters

Most people would agree that restoring our wetlands, stream banks and shorelines is “A Good Thing” – places look nicer, bird and fish life come back and so on. But it costs money and takes time – much of it volunteer time. In a demanding funding environment, how can we justify more comprehensive, strategic and proactive investment in environmental restoration? Measuring the results of spending time and money on this …Read More

To Train or not to Train – that is the question…

‘If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.’ Often misattributed to quotesman extraordinaire Mark Twain, the original quote is from Abraham Kaplan in 1964 (1). Popularised by Abraham Maslow in 1966 and now widely known as ‘law of the instrument’ or Maslow’s hammer (1), the saying describes our tendency to rely too much on familiar tools. Even training, the favourite tool in my environment and sustainability …Read More

Growth vs fixed mindset: what could it mean for sustainability?

“Growth” is a loaded word in sustainability circles, most often equating to growth of economic activity underpinned by overuse of natural resources and the resulting harms to ecosystem and human health. Yet there is growing acknowledgement of the need for growth in good things, not just GDP – which Bobby Kennedy described in 1968 as measuring “everything except that which makes life worthwhile.” Consider the need for growth in healthy …Read More

Risk intelligence – it’s what divided by what?

With the release of the World Economic Forum’s latest report on risks to business, risk – and the opportunity to think creatively about my workshop on the 16th of March – are very much top of mind. David Apgar is one of my risk heroes. In his book “Risk Intelligence – learning to manage what we don’t know”, he identifies risk management as a core strategic discipline that every executive must …Read More