Saturday, June 1, 2019

Clean Earth: Natural Advantages

The business has always profited from nature, creating the conditions for more a comfortable existence by exploiting the earth’s resources. When those resources seemed limitless the process of “taming” nature was acceptable, even necessary, but the conquest is turning into a hollow victory. Now, as Tachi Kiuchi and Bill Shireman write in What We Learned in the Rainforest, the real value of nature must come not from extracting its physical resources, but from the lessons it teaches and that includes learning how it works.

Take a cue from biologist Allan Wilson’s studies of birds: create a learning organization by working together as individuals, not apart in isolated territories. Have a culture that encourages sharing information and new skills both within your own team and across the business.

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