Author Archive | Carol Sanford

Beirut Climate Change

Many leaders going to Copenhagen conference came to Beirut two weeks before to start the talks. UN Foundation Senior Fellow, Dr. Mohamen Al-Ashry spoke on a panel with me. He was very hopeful at the time. Five parts of my talk on Carbon and then Moving from commodities to value-adding businesses, are now posted on […]

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This is Your Brain on Praise. Fried!!!

I have written and taught for years seeking to stop the “machine” started by 360 degree feedback and building of self-esteem guru Nathaniel Braden. It should be enough to know that it was originated by the German Military. They first began gathering feedback from multiple sources in order to evaluate performance during World War II […]

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The only thing a business has to fear…..

As many have said, “fear is the great immobilizer”. But when it happens in your company it is costly and painful. And I have talked to far too many entrepreneurial owners and mainstream executives who are engaging with fearful employees who are becoming immobilized. Fear is showing itself in a very slowed down ability to […]

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Developmental Economies—Story of Place®

McAllen Story of Place The talk I gave at the Seattle Chamber is now up in You Tube in 5 sections. First one is what story of place does for a community. Then Essence, Global Imperative, Vocation/Corporate Direction, Pattern Generating vs. Pattern Following  

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Green Talk Network: Building Deeper Green

Hear Carol on Internet Radio, August 28th noon ET. Voice America Green Talk Network. Carol is interviewed by Bill Reed and John Boecher, both architects who are founders and “evolvers” of LEED and USGBC. They are THE leaders of sustainable design practices and are challenging the current “less than stellar” approaches to built environments even […]

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Best Practice Webinar- Sept 10th

Best Practices: Under what conditions is “Best” the Worst? Sept. 10, 10-11 a.m. PDT • What is a BP anyway? It has become a label for anything we think we did well. What is “the criteria” for a claim of a “best practice”? • Why are “best practices” often the wrong things to be researching […]

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Developmental Economies® emerge for Story of Place®

Carol Sanford and Joel Glansberg on Chautauqua, KVNF, Public Radio. We explore the meaning of Story of Place® in creating Developmental Economies®. “Developmental Economies®” (DE) involve the Business community in a different and more effective way. DE is a way of improving the vitality and viability of existing business and creating and incubator for new […]

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Corporate Responsibility Redefined

Corporate Responsibility is understanding that every thing we do, every part of our business, EVERYTHING, is creating the society we live in and the planet we live on. “Corporate” literally means “the body of the whole” from ancient Latin. So Corporate Responsibility is about being responsible for both the whole company and the whole in […]

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Economics of Sustainability: From A Commodity to Value-Adding Business Model

Read my post at Regenerative Communities blog about how Middle Eastern and African nations can engage in business development that leads to  reducing terrorism and war.  It could enable them to move into full First World Nations and all the benefits that offers .  

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Stop Problem Solving, Start Developing People

In western cultures, much of the training, guiding, nurturing and discipline comes from the reinforcement of generic cultural norms, and the desire to guide “off-track” behaviors back to the norm (e.g., be to work on time, be honest and responsible, adhere to the laws of the land, etc.). The developmental approach to leading business organizations […]

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