“Remaking the Industrial Economy”
By Hanh Nguyen, Martin Stuchtey, and Markus Zils
McKinsey Quarterly, February 2014
Also take a look at the Circular Economy Reports by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation(http://www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org/business/reports)
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).
A webinar with me about business sustainability organized by Z. H. Tank, Shanghai, March 2013: http://www.zhtank.com/zhtank/share/2013-03-22/jqiepjqpgnbq.html
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:
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 push its CSR and sustainability endeavors?