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Germany's Green Energy Is an Expensive Success

Germany's Green Energy Is an Expensive Success | Change Leadership Watch |

Germany's policy of switching to clean energy looks like a failure on the surface, but it has succeeded in changing people's thinking for the future.

...the policy's results show how a determined government can eventually shake up complacent oligopolies and point their thinking in a different direction.


The German government's subsidies to wind, solar and other renewable energy producers have grown to 20 billion euros per year (almost $26 billion at the current exchange rate) since 1991, when Germany first started the financial support. With that massive amount of aid, Germany overshot by three percentage points the European Union's 1997 goal of producing 12 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2010. In the first quarter of 2014, Germany's electricity mix had a 27 percent renewable share.


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Cheap, polluted. Clean, expensive. It's not that simple, yet in some ways, it is.  ~  Deb

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7 Secrets of Union Management Success with Teams, Michigan News

7 Secrets of Union Management Success with Teams, Michigan News | Change Leadership Watch |

What are the 7 secrets to sustainability with teams, management and unions? We presented our lessons learned at the recent Partnerships in Progress Michigan Labor and Management Association (MLMA) Conference in East Lansing, Michigan."

Overview:  Once what I want differs from what you want, we are in conflict. Conflict will naturally increase when shifting from a supervisor-to-employee model to a team model. This presentation describes a whole system, top to bottom and side to side process to implement teams in a union environment.

The “from me to we” shift is continuous process that requires a different type of renewal annually. With commitment to this approach, everyone from top management and union officials down to frontline supervisors and employees can mutually benefit.

The full slideshare and photo set is here or go to:

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Sustainability means "Never check the box" (the work never finishes) along with elevating the importance of growing relationships within and among union and management leaders and the work community.

This was one of my own recent presentations with Fenwick Koller Associates, who have made great progress in helping teamwork happen and sustain itself within very tradition-bound settings.  Let us know if you agree. 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 25, 2014 10:31 AM
GABY, you are welcome!
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 6, 2014 3:57 PM

The full slideshare and photo set is here or go to:

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Sustainability is about Impact! The Double Bottom Line > Letting Go to Let Come

Sustainability is about Impact!  The Double Bottom Line > Letting Go to Let Come | Change Leadership Watch |

"It's the double bottom line, baby!  ESPECIALLY if you are in non-profit leadership today."


I just heard Jeanne Bell, CEO and author of NonProfit Sustainability talk honestly about the double bottom line in her own business as well as in her consulting engagements.  Her fresh, tested perspective rings true.


In a nutshell:


  • the mythic past it was possible to think first about strategic impact goals, and then about how to raise the money. can't talk about what you're going to do without talking about how to get the money. And, you can't talk about how to get money without talking about what you're going to do.
Cultivate direction, identify sacred cows. Name it. CHANGE it.
Here are some gems from her presentation today in Flint, Michigan as well as a great Scooped article by her.  Flint is an appropriate setting; it's a place that has seen hard times and where the BEST Funders Collaborative brings in stellar talent to keep non-profits doing what they do best.
  • Declare change as constant.
  • Model change by turning down money not headed in the right direction.  We have some agency over this – don’t have to jump to funders. "
  • Cultivate direction, identify sacred cows. Name it. CHANGE it.
  • Use good tools, frameworks.
  • DO NOT confuse strategy and planning. 
What is sustainable today may be unsustainable tomorrow.
Excerpted gems from the article:
  • If the financial goal in a for-profit company is to maximize profit, should our goal as a nonprofit be to have $0 profit? Or should the goal be to grow an endowment of $10 million, or to have a surplus of 5%, or a deficit of no more than $50,000?
  • The financial goal of a nonprofit is to ensure that it has adequate working capital; that is, its financial goal is to have enough money to do its work over the long term. Today we often use the term sustainability...
  •  What is sustainable today may be unsustainable tomorrow. ...We never arrive at a mix of programs and revenue streams that can be described as permanently sustainable. But we can always be heading in the right direction.
Read about Jeanne's dual bottom line here.   

Related to this, read Deb's article on strategic agility (the end of strategic planning) here.
Now I'm hearing Paul Saginaw, co-founder of the very successful Zingermans community of businesses in Ann Arbor talk about founding Food Gatherers, feeding the hungry in Ann Arbor.  Quite the point.
Photo above: Jeanne Bell, Steve Zimmerman and Jan Masaoka (left to right in photo) are all former nonprofit CFOs and they all appreciate the environmental aspects of sustainability as well. Jeanne is now CEO of CompassPoint Nonprofit Services.
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Leading the Continuous Innovation INFOGRAPHIC: Culture, Fringe Experiments, Customer Immersion

Leading the Continuous Innovation INFOGRAPHIC: Culture, Fringe Experiments, Customer Immersion | Change Leadership Watch |

How can change leaders support high performance, innovative teams? The infographic below cites 10 innovation strategies.  This is close.  There will be more of these process charts and innovation graphics.  

This one features:

Step 2:  Working at the organization's edges, the fringe & close to customers (I've heard Dr. Jeff DeGraff talk about fringe teams this year.)

Step 3:  Culture that  supports experimentation, failure.  This is ubiquitous in mention, scarce in after-the-fact reporting.  Better known examples, 3M (Post-Its) and Google (Google Lab: Buzz, Wave, etc.)

Step 6: Customer immersion, pain points

Step 10:  Metrics, measures


Sources include:  Christensen & Raynor, The Innovator's Solution: Creating & Sustaining Successful Growth, 2003  

Note the continuous improvement language, adjusted slightly, a 'la W. Edwards Deming:  Ready, Aim, Fire, Adjust.  Like Plan, Do, Check, Act.

Via Jonha Richman
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WinCo, ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’ Is Expanding Massively

WinCo, ‘Walmart’s Worst Nightmare’ Is Expanding Massively | Change Leadership Watch |
Both Walmart and Costco have reputations for operating stores with minimal staffing—an obvious cost-saving tactic—and WinCo also tries to maximize efficiency in terms of hires and employee hours. While Walmart doesn’t have a particularly good reputation in terms of hourly wages or an ability to keep workers for the long haul, Costco is known to pay workers well, provide good benefits, and, by no coincidence, have great customer service thanks to the fact that employees who stick around for years and obviously want to keep their jobs. Likewise, few WinCo employees complain about their gigs. The company is employee owned, each owner (worker) is entitled to a pension, and health benefits are provided to anyone working at least 24 hours per week.

Related change posts by Deb:


Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Keep an eye on this company.  Let's see if they can make make it work with expansion.  As a "good business" company, it is encouraging if they can model sustainable livelihood for workers and including pensions and health benefits.

We needs more of these types of companies to turn the tide of increasing poverty in the USA.   ~  Deb 

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3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back

3 Long-Lasting Sustainable Companies Teach How To Both Thrive And Give Back | Change Leadership Watch |

"Inspiring Rockstars of the new economy ~ companies which inspire us with their ability to make money while making a difference, as well as their high growth and high impact."

Operating from 25 to nearly 225 years, these companies have maintained their commitment to mission through up and down business cycles, continued to create high-quality jobs and to improve the quality of life in our communities, and paved the way for today’s growing group of green, responsible, and sustainable businesses.

1) Sun Light and Power, founded in 1976,  has been providing renewable energy and energy efficiency technology to California homeowners and businesses throughout on-again, off-again government support for solar.

  • SLP has also remained devoted to its employees and the community and became a B Corp in 2009. 
  • Rather than subcontracting installations (a common industry practice), the company hires full-time employees and provides a living wage, health benefits, a retirement plan, and paid time off.

2) Seventh Generation founded in 1988,  is one of the nation’s most recognized brands of natural household and personal care products.  

  • The company has also grown its high-quality job base, doubling the size of its team to 113 in 2011.
  • All of Seventh Generation’s products, raw materials, byproducts, and processes are sustainable.

3)  King Arthur Flour, after nearly 225 years in business, their secret is: focusing on employees.
  • They began as a family-owned business before transitioning towards an employee-ownership model in 1996 and finally becoming 100% employee owned and thriving.
  • Aan employee-owned B Corp, KAF has the freedom to emphasize values beyond profit, like environmental responsibility, community engagement, and the wellness and satisfaction of employees. 
  • More than 80% of health care premiums are paid for families and both full- and part-time employees receive a living wage.

What are the priorities of your company?  One of Deb's recent posts:
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Sustainable businesses that are thriving are great role models for us all.  Sharing the examples thanks to B Lab and Fast Company's co-create listings.  ~  Deb

Ian Berry's curator insight, January 7, 2015 4:43 PM

"The ability to live their values at work is the secret to King Arthur Flour’s longevity and success." Key to a company thats been successful for 225 years. Should be a sign for us all!

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Want Cultural Change to Stick? Change The Way You Operate - Forbes

Want Cultural Change to Stick? Change The Way You Operate - Forbes | Change Leadership Watch |

"Do you want sustained cultural change ? Until the operations change, NOTHING will stick."

Yeah, yeah.  Change consultants know that cultural change can kickstart with organizational changes or strategic changes that look powerful & imply true change. But it is the work in the trenches, the operations changes that make the difference for going the distance.


“Building a team that combined the old and the new was critical to our success."


Excerpted, a few of the golden gems:

[Operations] is often the most difficult part of the change process because operations involve ingrained habits, practices, and systems.

It’s worth the effort because corporate culture is the only truly sustainable competitive advantage.  [DN:  I'd add leader behaviors for innovation, coaching & team collaboration support.]

From the Equifax case study:

“Building a team that combined the old and the new was critical to our success.

It was critical for me as a leader to not underestimate the people part, getting people to engage, be willing to support and sustain the change.

Strategy and execution has to be joined by a very strong psychological conversion of beliefs, from the old patterns to the new.” 

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