Back in the Belly of the Jolly Green Giant

Wal-Mart’s Sustainability Milestone Meeting It caught me off guard, even though I should have expected it. Seated in the front row of the Sam Walton auditorium, Lee Scott pacing in front of the room with a cordless microphone, dressed in grays and blacks, mock turtleneck, frequently adjusting his glasses, he waves everyone in the room to their feet. I may have...

Reflections on Growing

Reflections on Growing to the Seventh Generation Community Sometimes I forget that my job is more about growing my self than growing others. It is – or at least seems easier to grow others than to grow me. I usually have a point of view about who you need to be or become to do your job better, such clarity about myself is often elusive. The amazing success of...

A Company of Owners

Last week the entire Seventh Generation staff headed to Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont for our annual two day retreat. (The Trapp family is the same one of Sound of Music fame.) The Lodge is a frequent destination for Seventh Gen meetings, it sits high upon a wonderful hill, giving you the impression that the world is at your door. Hundreds of acres of...

Labor Day Weekend

The remnants of a hurricane blow through northern New England leaving the sky cloudy and the ground damp. The temperature isn’t quite cool enough for a bath but I take several anyway to escape to that clearly defined warm space. The endless possibility leaves me at a loss for where I fit into the huge landscape. While my place is so well defined in other...

The Inner Path of Leadership

“One of the most important roles we can play individually or collectively is to create an opening, or to ‘listen’ to the implicate order unfolding, and then to create dreams, visions, and stories that we sense at our center want to happen…” Synchronicity, The Inner Path of Leadership by Joseph Jaworski I’ve been hanging out at the beach in...

My Brother Peter Would Have Turned 50 Today

My brother Peter would have turned 50 today. There would have been a huge party, around the swimming pool of a rented house near the beach. Loud music, beautiful people, too much to drink. But he didn’t quite make it to 44. He lived his whole life in half the amount of time most of us do. His life was lived as if it were a movie. Everything was dark or in...

The Jolly Green Giant

On July 26th Fortune Magazine released a cover story on Wal-Mart  under the banner “Wal-Mart Saves the Planet, well not quite…” Something is going on here that I’m not quite sure we understand. Whether you believe Wal-Mart is the devil incarnate or are a cheerleader for what they are doing – the truth lies somewhere else. Call me crazy – but I...

Presence Part 2

“presencing constitutes a third type of seeing, beyond seeing external reality and beyond seeing from within the living whole. It is seeing from within the source from which the future whole is emerging, peering back at the present from the future. In these moments, we can feel linked to our highest future possibility and destiny.” 6:30 am, Wainscott, NY....

Presence by Peter Senge

Over the past month I’ve been reading Presence by Peter M. Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty Sue Flowers. Those of you who have come to know me – probably realize by now that I’m a pretty obsessive reader. Yet unlike most of what I read, Presence was more like a wonderful meditation that the acquisition of information. It is one of the...

Celebrate the 4th of July with An Inconvenient Truth

I just saw Al Gore’s movie. I know why he named it an inconvenient truth. Because much of what we can and must do is in fact inconvenient. The movie left me deeply saddened and depressed since so much of what I can and must do I have left undone. I have been complacence, left this challenge in the hands of others and failed to take adequate responsibility for...