Green On!

I strongly encourage your organization to adopt a direction towards sustainability. This is not a political statement but one that reflects the reality of the times. Of course, there needs to be authenticity. Just saying you are sustainable by your attempts to recycle is not sufficient. If there is not sincerity in the actions your company takes, customers will see this for what it is: an attempt to take advantage of the latest fad. By the same token, you do not need to be perfect. This is a new direction for mainstream businesses, and there will be mistakes and false starts. The payoff for attempting to create a net zero environmental impact is worth it. For example, a client of ours recently installed solar panels on its roof. The electricity generated will not be much—maybe enough to power their offices. They are in the Midwest, after all, which is known for long overcast winters. These solar panels, however, look impressive and have great buzz value. Supporting the solar industry also creates a feel-good value for the company. Five years ago, solar panels were not recommended for Chicago, but now, after dramatic improvements in price and function, they make sense. The panels will pay themselves off in ten years. Make this year your “green” year. Consider your options in manufacturing, packaging, and recycling products. Think about the savings you can achieve from a green facility. Research government grants and funding available for sustainability initiatives. Look to see where, by cutting costs and differentiating your products, you can make green from green. When your customers see the value that your environmental...

Let’s Spring Ahead with CMI’s Team Building Programs!

  Let’s Spring Ahead with CMI’s Team Building Programs!   Spring is just around the corner! As the weather gets nicer and everyone emerges from a state of cabin fever have you noticed … Productivity slowing down? Employees seeking more time out of the office? Less than outstanding customer service? Cranky attitudes on the job?     This year, be proactive. Get your team together for a morale boost and learning opportunity with one of CMI’s team building programs. At CMI we are constantly coming up with ways to stay ahead of the changing seasons in the Midwest. It’s not too late to schedule an event to kick off the spring/summer season!    Here are some ideas for outdoor events: Team building in local parks or at the beach Outdoor team rope courses or rock climbing activities Team building Kayaking Team Building Orienteering Adventures   For more information please contact us at (708) 383-7970. To start the planning process, contact me, Bruce Hodes, CEO and Facilitator Extraordinaire! I am eager to assist...

Book Review by Bruce – Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

One of the most provocative leadership books that I have recently read is Extreme Ownership:  How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.  While the message of the book is not foreign to me, how the authors delivered the message and explained it was.  The authors are two veteran Navy Seals who served and led troops in Iraq.  While the stories of their combat experiences were riveting, it at times became for me a glorification of war and America’s role in Iraq.  With that said, I did find that they made a very compelling case for a leader taking ownership for whatever situation they find themselves in.  Taking Extreme Ownership was the place that they invited leaders to come from as a powerful context from which to produce results. Given the blame game that we are seeing many of our National leaders play, this message of taking extreme ownership no matter what is quite refreshing.  The book, through its chapters, outlines various principles of leadership in a clear and simple fashion.  These principles are then illuminated by stories gleaned from the war in Iraq.  I particularly like their illumination of leadership as either effective or ineffective and that the team is either successful or not.  The opportunity for leaders is to acknowledge mistakes and learn from failure.  If you are looking for a fast paced read with a powerful and provocative message of taking responsibility for whatever you are facing and dealing with, then this book will be valuable.  I recommend it.  Please let us know what you think about it and we look forward to hearing...