I Want it Yesterday: The Dangers of Our Obsessive Focus on the Short Term

We are a society consistently in search of a quick fix – from diets to energy, we want the quick and easy solution, and we want it today, to hell with what tomorrow brings. One would hope that those whom we trust to invest our money would be wiser, yet, we know how unlikely that is if you’ve see the balances in your 401K plunge over the past three...

Don’t Buy This: The Truth About Sustainability

Having not broken my obsession with the print version of The New York Times, I was thrilled to greet Black Friday by opening to a full-page ad from Patagonia that urged readers “Don’t Buy This Jacket.” To the best of my knowledge, Patagonia has never purchased a full-page ad in the Times, and for this, the first time that they did, they are...

Can Humanity Solve Current Global Environmental & Social Crises?

So here’s the good news: we absolutely have the ability to solve our current global environmental, social and economic crises. The not-so-good news: Do we have the will to do it? From my perspective, the challenge is not about technology, but rather about consciousness, values and priorities. We must move from one extreme of the dichotomy to another: from me...

The Wrong Kind of ‘Reputation’ Insurance

The Associated Press recently carried an announcement from the once-bankrupt insurance company AIG. The headline read, “AIG unit offers companies ‘reputation’ insurance.” The coverage, in the form of a new kind of insurance product, would help companies protect their reputation in the event of major corporate crises, such as executive scandals,...

CEOs Need a New Set of Beliefs

The Harvard Business Review hosts an excellent Online Forum titled The CEO’s Role in Fixing the System. A recent post by Raymond V. Gilmartin caught my attention. Gilmartin is the former chairman, president, and CEO of Merck and is currently an adjunct professor at Harvard Business School. Despite the fact that Gilmartin, resigned abruptly in 2005 over...

The Essential Guide to Successful Social Entrepreneurship

First, 7 things to remind yourself of every day: Your passion: Only do what you’re deeply passionate about. There will not only be bumps in the road, but trenches that look like they have no bottom. If you’re not doing what you love, there will be too many opportunities to give up. Your mission: the change you want to see in the world that your business...

Wear Your Dollars

Thomas Freidman recently passed along an excellent suggestion that he found on a blog: “U.S. congressmen should have to dress like NASCAR drivers and wear the logos of all the banks, investment banks, insurance companies and real estate firms that they’re taking money from. The public needs to know.” Unless, or until, business follows the suggestion of...

Mondragon Comes to America

Last week, my recently launched consulting firms –Jeffrey Hollender Partners and CommonWise – hosted the senior leadership team of the Mondragon Cooperative Cooperation for a discussion about the role cooperatives can play in addressing the social and economic challenges that increasingly dominate the globe. In attendance were: Arantza Laskurain Arteche,...

Doomed to Lose? How America Continues to Trail China

The implications of the US government annually investing 90% less than the Chinese have in developing and manufacturing alternative energy technology has doomed America to lose the battle for the energy future. While we bemoan the loss of a $527 million federal loan guarantee, China is eating our lunch when it comes to developing solar, wind and energy storage...