Technology and Sustainability

The discussion of this Guardian post by Jo Confino, “How technology has stopped evolution and is destroying the world” (http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/technology-stopped-evolution-destroying-world) very much reminds me of the summary of the social criticism within the Tao Te Ching in my doctoral dissertation (pp. 417-432: http://ub-dok.uni-trier.de/diss/diss27/20010129/20010129.htm).

“The Mind Business”

If only more companies would truly make mindfulness a core of their actions! Just read a recent Financial Times article by David Gelles with the following subtitle:
“Yoga, meditation, ‘mindfulness’ – why some of the west’s biggest companies are embracing eastern spirituality”

Here is the link to the article and a comment by Dr. Shi Bisset and me:
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/2/d9cb7940-ebea-11e1-985a-00144feab49a.html#comment-2826731

Leadership, personal development and sustainability

Nowadays, with the influence of emotional intelligence within a leadership and management context being explored so widely and explained so well, it makes it much easier to introduce the “body” into serious discussions on CSR and sustainability. The way you treat your own body, the way you move and the way you use your body as a sensory organ does not only shed light on a person’s behavior patterns in general. It also reveals a person’s emotional maturity.

What do you feed and nourish your body with? How much junk food, junk drinks and junk mental and emotional contents (for instance via print media, TV, digital contents, etc.) do you pile on your body on a daily basis? The mental content a person consumes regularly has a very clear physiological impact that then again results in specific emotional and mental patterns. The degree of alertness a person shows in this regard will be reflected in the alertness in his or her communication and interactions with others.

What is the content you confront your employees with on a daily basis with regards to the mental and emotional aspects, for instance moods or the way you sense and deal with expectations? Do I treat my body; do I treat myself in a sustainable way? How far does a company actually push its CSR and sustainability endeavors?

Making work meaningless:

“How Leaders Kill Meaning at Work”

McKinsey Quarterly, January 2012, by Teresa Amabile and Steven Kramer
(https://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Governance/Leadership/How_leaders_kill_meaning_at_work_2910)

The above is an important read for senior executives that goes well together with the emphasis on “personal development” as an outstanding reason in getting an MBA in the following post by MBAChannel, “New Survey Challenges Some Accepted Truths” (http://www.mba-channel.com/channel/article/new-survey-challenges-some-accepted-truths):

“Professor Emmanuel Dion, of Audencia Business School explains: ‘The MBA is about creating leaders. Professional experience plus personality is what forms you as a leader and enables you to deliver results for your company.’ ”
(Quote from the MBAChannel post)

Taoist-style management, a real-life example:

I just read a Harvard Business Review article by David K. Hurst about an impressive real-life example of a turnaround in which Taoist concepts played an important inspirational role. The article makes me really look forward to David K. Hurst’s new book planned for publication by Columbia University press in spring 2012.

Though the article actually is from 1984, it has not lost any of its relevance! Here is the link to the article:

Of Boxes, Bubbles, and Effective Management
by David K. Hurst, Harvard Business Review, May-June 1984
(http://hbr.org/1984/05/of-boxes-bubbles-and-effective-management/ar/1)

Health, organizational health:

In a nutshell, here is what it is all about:

“What Is Organizational Health?”
by Colin Price on MIXTV – Management Innovation eXchange
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HIogbY-Ii78)
Then also go to
http://www.managementexchange.com/users/colin-price”.
This is Colin Price’s page on the MIX. Or, watch and listen to Colin Price,

“Are You Creating a Healthy Organization?”
(http://www.youtube.com/user/mlabvideo#p/search/2/wxWHT5J5ajM) and

“What Do Healthy Companies Do?”
(http://www.youtube.com/user/mlabvideo#p/search/1/tbFQJ4A_nSQ)
on the MIX’s YouTube channel.