Let My People Go Surfing

Author: Yvon Chouinard

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101992530

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 4587

"Wonderful . . . a moving autobiography, the story of a unique business, and a detailed blueprint for hope." —Jared Diamond, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel In this newly revised 10th anniversary edition, Yvon Chouinard—legendary climber, businessman, environmentalist, and founder of Patagonia, Inc.—shares the persistence and courage that have gone into being head of one of the most respected and environmentally responsible companies on earth. From his youth as the son of a French Canadian handyman to the thrilling, ambitious climbing expeditions that inspired his innovative designs for the sport's equipment, Let My People Go Surfing is the story of a man who brought doing good and having grand adventures into the heart of his business life-a book that will deeply affect entrepreneurs and outdoor enthusiasts alike.

SUMMARY - Let My People Go Surfing: The Education Of A Reluctant Businessman By Yvon Chouinard

Author: Shortcut Edition

Publisher: Shortcut Edition


Category: Business & Economics

Page: 35

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* Our summary is short, simple and pragmatic. It allows you to have the essential ideas of a big book in less than 30 minutes. By reading this summary, you will discover the extraordinary destiny of the founder of Patagonia, Yvon Chouinard, who managed to reconcile passion for sport, preservation of the planet and business. You will also learn that : Doing business while respecting humans and nature is possible; Business can be a good place to work; Business can rhyme with ethics and ecology; Patagonia is a model for companies that want to preserve the planet. Do you know Patagonia outdoor clothing? Yvon Chouinard is the creator. He who dreamed of being a trapper tells his story, that of an entrepreneur in spite of himself. In his confessions, he explains how he was able to combine his passion for climbing and surfing with business, without losing his sense of ethics. After a biography of his company, he explains the main principles of the Patagonia Charter of Conduct. *Buy now the summary of this book for the modest price of a cup of coffee!

Darwin in der Stadt, Die rasante Evolution der Tiere im Großstadtdschungel

Author: Menno Schilthuizen

Publisher: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag

ISBN: 3423434457

Category: Science

Page: 224

View: 3865

Echtzeitevolution: ein neuer Blick auf das geheime Leben der Städte Amseln sind größer, dicker und lauter als ihre Artgenossen draußen im Wald und haben jede Scheu vor Menschen, Hunden und Katzen verloren. Regenwürmer kommen bestens zurecht in verdreckter Innenstadterde. Motten fliegen nicht mehr ins Licht. Gras gedeiht prächtig auf zinkdurchsetztem Boden. Und Kojoten warten an Ampeln. Tiere legen ererbte Verhaltensweisen ab. Man kann Evolution in Echtzeit beobachten, und das mitten in der Stadt. Das ist das große Wunder, das in diesem Buch gewürdigt wird.

Put Your Corporate Social Responsibility Act Together!

Author: Mark Esposito

Publisher: Tate Publishing

ISBN: 160799433X

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

View: 4852

'Companies still thinking about the environment as a social responsibility rather than a business imperative are living in the dark ages.' -Carter Rogers In assessing the economic, human, and environmental situation of our world today, this report draws worrying conclusions. Poverty remains a major issue, and the gap between the richest and the poorest is widening. Some people still do not possess the basic requirements to live a decent and safe human life. Our footprint increasingly shatters the earth's equilibriums, causing pollution, species extinction, and global warming, and it has adverse effects on extreme weather events. These events necessitate the development of a conscience among the world's corporations and immediate serious action towards improving the situation. Put Your Corporate Social Responsibility Act Together, by Dr. Mark Esposito, explores ways in which corporations can increase employee satisfaction, decrease their carbon footprint, and maintain good business practices while reaping the continued benefits of yearly revenue. With examples of successful Corporate Social Responsibility and analyses of the current economic and environmental climate, this book is the perfect resource for any company hoping to improve its impact on both the globe and the community. Mark Esposito, Ph.D., is a renowned specialist in Organizational Management and Sustainability. He serves as an Associate Professor of Management & Behavior for the Grenoble School of Management in France, and an advisor to the UNESCO and Research Fellow for the UN Global Compact. A citizen of the world, he speaks seven languages and lives between Switzerland, France, USA and Panama.

Getting to Plan B

Author: John Mullins,Randy Komisar

Publisher: Harvard Business Press

ISBN: 1422152693

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 224

View: 9259

You have a new venture in mind. And you've crafted a business plan so detailed it's a work of art. Don't get too attached to it. As John Mullins and Randy Komisar explain in Getting to Plan B, new businesses are fraught with uncertainty. To succeed, you must change the plan in real time as the inevitable challenges arise. In fact, studies show that entrepreneurs who stick slavishly to their Plan A stand a greater chance of failing-and that many successful businesses barely resemble their founders' original idea. The authors provide a rigorous process for stress testing your Plan A and determining how to alter it so your business makes money, solves customers' needs, and endures. You'll discover strategies for: -Identifying the leap-of-faith assumptions hidden in your plan -Testing those assumptions and unearthing why the plan might not work -Reconfiguring the five components of your business model-revenue model, gross margin model, operating model, working capital model, and investment model-to create a sounder Plan B. Filled with success stories and cautionary tales, this book offers real cases illustrating the authors' unique process. Whether your idea is for a start-up or a new business unit within your organization, Getting to Plan B contains the road map you need to reach success.

The Oxford Handbook of Environmental History

Author: Andrew C. Isenberg

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190673486


Page: 800

View: 710

The field of environmental history emerged just decades ago but has established itself as one of the most innovative and important new approaches to history, one that bridges the human and natural world, the humanities and the sciences. With the current trend towards internationalizing history, environmental history is perhaps the quintessential approach to studying subjects outside the nation-state model, with pollution, global warming, and other issues affecting the earth not stopping at national borders. With 25 essays, this Handbook is global in scope and innovative in organization, looking at the field thematically through such categories as climate, disease, oceans, the body, energy, consumerism, and international relations.

Get Better at Flatter

Author: Markus Reitzig

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 3030892549

Category: Electronic books

Page: 223

View: 1492

When should organizations think about adopting a flat structure? And what does it take to make it work? Is it even the silver bullet that weve been told it is? Often we have heard about how businesses should organize in non-traditional ways to succeed in todays world: be agile, or adopt approaches such as holacracy, RenDanHeYi or scrum. But what do these concepts actually mean? Are they even helping us to custom-tailor flat structures to our needs? Leading expert, Markus Reitzig, provides a no-holds barred account of flat organizational structures, taking the good with the bad and asking the reader to balance the opportunities and challenges that come with less hierarchical structures. He explains that there are many types of flat organizations, and that they may only be better than traditional companies in some instances, and only when the company picks the right structure given its goal and its people. Taking an evidence-based approach to the advantages and disadvantages of decentralizing, this book offers a unique, practical guide for managers. Youll learn how to formulate realistic goals with fewer hierarchical layers, where to decentralize, whom to recruit and how to treat your staff. This is an indispensable guide for anyone who wants to figure out how to work with flat organizational structures, and whether flat may even be right for them.

Retail Recovery

Author: Mark Pilkington

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1472987209

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

View: 1784

The retail industry, with which we have all grown up, has been devastated by the twin effects of the internet and the Coronavirus lockdown. Huge numbers of prestigious brands have gone under, or are a shadow of their former selves. The world economy has gone into deep recession, with reduced employment and incomes across broad swaths of society. Many discretionary products have simply become too expensive for ordinary people to buy on a regular basis. High streets and shopping malls lie half empty, causing a vacuum at the core of our societies. There is an urgent need to regenerate our local shopping centres, in order to create new hope in depressed areas. So how can retailers and brands respond to this crisis? Fortunately, new shoots of recovery are emerging from the wreckage of the old order – new brands, new ways of providing value, and new and innovative methods of creating excitement to draw in consumers, and kick-start the retail economy. Technology is re-shaping almost every aspect of the supply chain, and is lowering barriers to entry to new and innovative start-ups, which are re-making sector after sector. In addition, some incumbent brands and retailers are experimenting with novel ways of doing things – from turning mere shopping into an immersive 'theatre', to creative ways to measure and retain loyalty. This book offers a comprehensive analysis of these new forces which are changing the way in which we buy products and experience brands. It includes in-depth interviews with some of the most innovative players – from John Lewis in the UK, to Nike and Patagonia in the US - in the hope of drawing out key learning points for the rest of the industry, across the globe. It also provides essential guidelines for governments, as they strive to rebuild society in the wake of recent catastrophes – from the death of Main Street to the impact of coronavirus.

Humans at Work

Author: Anna Tavis,Stela Lupushor

Publisher: Kogan Page Publishers

ISBN: 1398604240

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

View: 1709

Is your organization strategically prepared for the digital and distributed workplace? Technology, data analytics and artificial intelligence already impact how people work and engage with organizations. A dispersed workforce, greater transparency, social change, generational shift and value chain disruptions are driving new behaviors and expectations from the workplace. Together, these trends are shaping a new era of distributed and digitally enabled network of workers where the work comes to workers instead of the workers going to work. In Humans at Work, employee and workplace experience experts Anna Tavis and Stela Lupushor advocate for the adoption of human-centric practices as a critical and necessary part of adapting work and workplaces to the future of work. Outlining the four factors (digitization of work, distributed workplaces, organizational redesign and changing workforce) driving the dramatic changes in the workplace, each chapter provides examples of how innovative companies are building workplace infrastructure and reshaping norms, serving new markets and adopting new technologies. Filled with examples from both start-ups and established companies, Humans at Work is the workplace leader's guide to building a workplace that creates market value by making work more human.

Agile Engagement

Author: Santiago Jaramillo,Todd Richardson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119286921

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

View: 8307

Achieve unprecedented business value by fostering true employee engagement Many organizations fail to realize and harness the power of their most valuable asset—their employees. Though they can be developed into a true competitive advantage, engagement isn't attainable if the employee isn't invested in the company's overall success. Agile Engagement offers business leaders a concrete strategy for building, maintaining, and utilizing employee engagement to achieve the highest level of business success. The key? Employees must feel like they are a part of their company's culture instead of having it handed down to them. Stories of failed employee engagement initiatives abound, and they all have one thing in common: they begin from the premise of "initiative" rather than "employee." True engagement occurs when an employee's heart and mind are activated in a way that leads to their motivation and commitment to positively impact the company's goals and vision. This book shows you how to create an environment that stresses a culture of unity at all levels by showing you how to: Create a clear, compelling vision and corresponding engagement strategy through the Engagement Canvas Communicate your unique culture strategy throughout all levels of your company Foster grassroots, employee-led engagement initiatives Improve engagement continuously with the Emplify Score tool Agile Engagement provides a deeper look into real engagement, helping you foster a work environment that's rewarded with unsurpassed productivity, innovation, and competitive advantage, as well as employees who feel valued, respected, and heard.