Leadership Is About Emotion

Author: Megan M. Biro

Make a list of the 5 leaders you most admire. They can be from business, social media, politics, technology, the sciences, any field. Now ask yourself why you admire them. The chances are high that your admiration is based on more than their accomplishments, impressive as those may be. I’ll bet that everyone on your list reaches you on an emotional level.

This ability to reach people in a way that transcends the intellectual and rational is the mark of a great leader. They all have it. They inspire us. It’s a simple as that. And when we’re inspired we tap into our best selves and deliver amazing work.

So, can this ability to touch and inspire people be learned? No and yes. The truth is that not everyone can lead, and there is no substitute for natural talent. Honestly, I’m more convinced of this now – I’m in reality about the world of work and employee engagement. But for those who fall somewhat short of being a natural born star (which is pretty much MANY of us), leadership skills can be acquired, honed and perfected. And when this happens your chances of engaging your talent increases from the time they walk into your culture.

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Implementing Zero Waste Programs At High-Traffic Facilities

Once the Zero Waste program details were hashed out, it was time for implementation. In Spring 2013, Brown and his team began piloting the Zero Waste program. It was launched in one of their smaller, contained sporting venues on campus, where they could control the materials being disposed.

During the baseball games at Packard Stadium, recycling and composting receptacles were set up throughout the grandstands and volunteer ambassadors of the program were on hand to help educate the sports fans on what and where to dispose specific items. 

“In compliance with our green purchasing requirements, the stadiums were already using food containers and cutlery that is either recyclable or corn-based,” says Lambert. In conjunction with the traditional stadium fare of hot dogs and nachos, it was no surprise that a Zero Waste initiative that included composting made sense.

“The fans were receptive and happy to help support our sustainability program,” adds Brown. “At one 3,000-person baseball game, we had an 81 percent diversion rate.”

Successes like this are what lead Brown and his team to promote the Zero Waste program on an even larger scale. During the 2013 football season, the program launched at Sun Devil Stadium, Frank Kush Field. The venue welcomes nearly 500,000 spectators each year, which means, if the program is a success, the environmental impact could be dramatic. 

In theory, the Zero Waste program is simple – nothing gets thrown in the trash. But educating a large group of people that don’t understand composting or aren’t accustomed to seeing the new receptacles is no small feat. 

“Asking people to sort their waste is a challenge,” says Lambert. “Change can be difficult, but it has to happen, which is why we have education programs in place.”

Radio and television announcements were developed and scheduled to air on campus networks. Signage accompanied recycling and composting receptacles. And educational videos were featured on scoreboards throughout sporting events. 

These messages communicate what the program is, why it has been implemented, and the types of products that should be dispensed appropriately in each receptacle. 

Following successful implementation in the sports stadiums, Zero Waste will be installed in six dining halls on campus.

“We plan to place the blue and green bins in food preparation and dish return stations to improve the diversion rates in these areas where compostable materials are likely high,” says Brown.

CORINNE ZUDONYI is the editor of Facility Cleaning Decisions magazine and CleanLink.com

Rethinking the Water Cycle

How moving to a circular economy can preserve our most vital resource

Three billion people will join the global consumer class over the next two decades, accelerating the degradation of natural resources and escalating competition for them. Nowhere is this growing imbalance playing out more acutely than the water sector. Already, scarcity is so pronounced that we cannot reach many of our desired economic, social, and environmental goals. If we continue business as usual, global demand for water will exceed viable resources by 40 percent by 2030.

Many experts have claimed that wasteful treatment of water results from dysfunctional political or economic systems and ill-defined markets. But the real issue is that water has been pushed into a linear model in which it becomes successively more polluted as it travels through the system, rendering future use impossible. This practice transforms our most valuable and universal resource into a worthless trickle, creating high costs for subsequent users and society at large. Since the linear model is economically and environmentally unsustainable, we must instead view water as part of a circular economy, where it retains full value after each use and eventually returns to the system. And rather than focus solely on purification, we should attempt to prevent contamination or create a system in which water circulates in closed loops, allowing repeated use. These shifts will require radical solutions grounded in a complete mind-set change, but they must happen immediately, given the urgency of the situation.

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Decision Making | Three Theories are Better than One

 

The late Harvard professor of education William Perry Jr. (1913-1998), once remarked, “To have any idea of what is going on in a situation, you need at least three good theories.” Perry was trying to promote learning and understanding. 

The idea here is that one theory traps you in your own thinking, your own dogma. Overconfidence in one’s own opinions can be an obstacle to learning. With two theories you can be begin to see more—another side to a situation. Yet, two theories are limiting as they can lead you to simple reductions and conclusions brought about by black and white, binary thinking. With three or more theories in play you begin to see the nuances. Your mind becomes open to the fact that there are more explanations to what is going on, giving you a more complete picture. By taking more into account you can create deeper understanding and make decisions more in line with what is really going on. 

You can of course take this too far and get caught up in all sorts of mind games and become mired in overanalyzing. This generally isn’t our problem however. We tend to jump to generalizations and oversimplifications without a clear understanding of reality thus repeating the same old thinking. We need to cast a wider net, asking more and different questions. Concerning theories, Perry thought it was worth noting: "The wisdom doesn't come from the theories; the theories come from the wisdom. And the wisdom comes from the defeat of all the more attractive alternatives." And in a cautionary tone, "With all these theories, it would be a good thing, of course, to keep an open mind. But the problem with an open mind is that it's so drafty." Keep a balance and avoid the mind games.

Opening for Internship at MORS Group as Program Executive

MORS Group is looking for a qualified intern to join our program management team. Our team produces quality project and liaises with major companies in the Asian region, and seeks an intern who can participate in various stages of program management of the ACES Awards; a flagship program recognising successful leaders and CSR advocates in Asia.

This intern should be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment, and will finish the internship having gained broad experience in various aspects of program management.

The ideal period to serve would be 6 to 9 months, between April to December 2015.

Responsibilities:

1.      Assist in shortlisting qualifying candidates for the ACES Awards

2.      Assist qualifying nominees through the nomination process over phone and emails

3.      Assist in managing email campaigns

4.      Assist program manager in the overall management of the program as and when required

5.      Assist as a second interviewer if required for final nominees based on criteria given by jury panel (judging process and final outcomes are at jury’s sole discretion). You may be required to travel to Asian countries for this task.

 

Requirements:

MORS Group is looking for an undergraduate student able to be stationed in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. This person should have excellent verbal and written communication skills in English, with extensive knowledge on research methodologies or business functions. Ability to speak another Asian language and familiarity of MNCs and business leaders in Asia is a bonus, and will be considered when choosing the best applicant for this internship position.

 

Majors:

Marketing, Business Administration, Environmental Science, Advertising/PR, Economy, Language

Program web reference: www.acesawards.com

Interested Candidates should write to: rhasvin@morsgroup.com