Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Employees!

As in nature, surviving and thriving in business requires the ability to learn and adapt. 

The importance of responding to feedback from customers doesn’t need to be pointed out, but listening to other stakeholders is equally profitable. Employees can be sitting on a gold mine of suggestions for small, cheap, and easy-to-implement changes that can lead to big improvements in results.

Set up a suggestion box, and acknowledge those who contribute, or adopt a more comprehensive strategy like quality circles--teams of workers (and others) who gather to discuss ways to improve processes. Pioneered in Japan in the 1960’s, quality circles have been used to great effect by companies around the world to improve quality, lower costs, and motivate staff.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Admire Your Work

Don't be so trigger-happy with the flusher. 

Turn around and take a look at your poop, which speaks volumes about your gut and overall health. Poop should be smooth and S-shaped, like your colon. If it comes out too lumpy, or drops into the bowl like marbles, you're constipated. Increase your fiber and water intake. This happens to me when I travel, so I fiber-load before a trip to avoid getting irritable.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

CLEAN EARTH: Location, Location, Location

Buildings produce carbon emissions during construction, refurbishment, and eventual demolition, from embodied energy in building materials and furnishings to the operational demand of lighting, ventilation, air conditioning, and other systems. 

Bet even before workers walk through the door, they contribute emissions through travel--estimated at an average of 2.2 tons or carbon dioxide from each worker every year. Plan your building to encourage public and alternative transportation. The Lake View Terrace Library in Los Angeles, certified platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides safe access for bicyclists and pedestrians, a bicycle storage area, easy access to public transportation--even a place to charge electric vehicles.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

CLEAN HEALTH: Hit the Sack

Conan and Dave are funny, but they're not worth the strain on your system.

Seven hours of sleep a night not only helps you live longer, but also lowers your stress, sharpens your memory, and reduces cravings for pants-splitting foods. Set a bedtime and stick to it. My target is 10:30 p.m. I record the late shows and then watch them the next day as I pedal a stationary bike.