100 Trends and Predictions 2011

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Review  Trends That will Impact How we Need to Adapt and Lead in 2011

Get ready to make some changes in your business leadership based on the latest trend reports.  Some of the trends this year may surprise you – for 2011 there is a reported trend toward Random Acts of Kindness.

These predictions, from a variety of angles, will give you a picture of what to expect in the coming year:

10 Trends for 2011 in 2 Minutes JWTIntelligence.com

Consumer Trends to Watch for 2011 Marketingcharts.com

11 Big Ideas to Watch in 2011 Inc.com

5 Trends to Watch in 2011 by Scot Finnie, Computerworld.com

Talent Management Trends for 2011 ercnet.org hr article

Behind the Numbers: Medical Cost Trends for 2011 PriceWaterhouseCoopers’ Health Research Institute

Ten Smart Grid Trends to Watch in 2011 Environmentalleader.com

Ten IT Infrastructure Trends for 2011 by Phil Dobbie, Bnet Australia

Random Acts of Kindness Salesleadershipbog.nl

Futurist Jack Uldrich’s Predictions for 2011 Jumpthecurve.net

The Disrupters: Forces Driving Change in 2011 by Jennifer Wang and Kara Ohngren, Entrepreneur.com

2011’s Food Trends to Watch by Phil Lempert, Supermarketguru.com

Perilous Predictions for 2011 Blogs.reuters.com

5 Financial Predictions for 2011 by Allan Roth, Moneywatch.bnet.com

What Trends to Watch For in 2011 Naturalproductsinsider.com

Eight Social Media Trends 2011 by Gini Dietrich Socialmediatoday.com

Five Social Media Trends for 2011 by Stephanie Schwab, Socialmediaexplorer.com

 

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Sustainable Everything: What C-Suite Leaders Need to Know About the New Thinking


The Sustainability Mindset Crosses Industries and Disciplines

The growing sustainability mindset is not industry-specific or topic-specific. It is showing up in industries as diverse as foods, construction and social media. It reflects a concern for reducing the use of new materials, and for limiting long-term impact on the environment.

In an interconnected global economy, people are becoming more and more "Leading Ethically" "Ethical Leadership" "Context"aware of the impact of business greed, overconsumption and pollution on our health and well-being. They are scaling back and choosing more responsibly when they do buy.

While some industries are tending to dismiss this change in consumer behavior as a trend that will pass, others have realized that the movement is deeply rooted and that they will be at a competitive disadvantage if they don’t respond.

Sustainable Business Leadership and Integrity

People who are leading a business that is becoming more sustainable are presumably also working toward living sustainably. Making day-to-day changes and achieving a sustainability mindset is a challenging leadership responsibility and involves continuous learning and improvement (See Sustainability is a Mindset, Not a Job).

Broadly, the sustainable movement involves thinking longer-term and being more careful to avoid unintended consequences and harm (See  Five Unintended Consequences of Linear Problem-Solving).  Here is a sampling of the sustainability trends. Feel free to comment to share other sustainability trends not listed here.

Sustainable Living                         Sustainable Business

Sustainable Development          Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Design                        Sustainable Construction

Sustainable Foods                         Sustainable Health

Sustainable Social Media            Sustainable Consumption

Blogcatalog.com Listings for Sustainable

Questions to Consider

1. How can I adapt my business practices to meet the new consumer’s need for sustainable everything?

2. How can my company become an industry leader and set an example for others to follow?

3. Sustainable practices are now considered the standard mode for many of today’s consumers. Thinking ahead, are we making changes as quickly as we need to? Are we staying competitive?

 

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
 
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
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Sustainability is a Mindset, Not a Job

Many businesses are gearing up for sustainability by adding a position to oversee it.

Will adding a position without changing the way decisions are made actually lead to sustainable business practices within the organization?

It turns out that sustainable CEOs are making money while incorporating sustainable business practices into their daily practices, and that “sustainability” is a mindset and a way of doing business profitably in their companies, rather than a job position.

These articles provide a case for the “sustainability mindset” and list CEOs who are being recognized for doing it well:

And the Top 10 Most Sustainable CEOs Are… by Nick Aster, Triplepundit.com

Sustainability Mindset by Frits Hesselink, cepatoolkit.blogspot.com

Sustainability Starts When You Throw Away the Instruction Manual, by Saybrook University’s Organizational Systems Program (guest article) at Triplepundit.com

 

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
 
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
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The Bottom-Line Benefits of Sustainability (Written By a CFO)

Selling the sustainability mindset within your organization may require some preparation and persistence. Not all C-suite leaders may be convinced that sustainability will pay off for the company in the long run, and CFOs may be particularly hard to convince.

Kurt Kuehn (CFO of UPS) has written a great blog article, “Five Ways to Convince Your CFO That Sustainability Pays” (online at Greenbiz.com) with practical advice to use when demonstrating the tangible bottom-line benefits of sustainability to your CFO.

 

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
 
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
  About 7 Lenses
 
 
Info@LeadinginContext.com  @leadingincontxt  @7Lenses

© 2010 Leading in Context LLC 

C-Suite Leaders: Are You Using the Global Principles for Responsible Business?

Beyond complying with laws and regulations, what should C-Suite leaders be doing about ethical leadership and responsible business practices? CEOs, CLOs, CHROs and other C-Suite leaders should be working together to ensure that every leader is doing business responsibly and ethically. But what does “doing business responsibly and ethically” look like in today’s global economy? In our interconnected working world, where each economy affects all others around the world, ethical business practices need to be thought about more broadly than ever before.

Events like the 2009 global financial crisis have highlighted the necessity of sound ethical practices across the business world. Such failures of governance and ethics cannot be tolerated as they seriously tarnish the positive contributions of responsible business to higher standards of living and the empowerment of individuals around the world.

Trust and confidence sustain free markets and ethical business practices provide the basis for such trust and confidence.

The Caux Roundtable: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, Principles for Responsible Business

C-Suite leaders need to learn about the Global “Principles for Responsible Business”  that  are the current best thinking about ethical business practices. The Principles “are the product of collaboration between executives from Europe, Japan, and the United States… The Principles are recognized by many as the most comprehensive statement of responsible business practice ever formulated by business leaders for business leaders.”  Caux Round Table: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, History of the Caux Roundtable (CRT)

The self-interested pursuit of profit, with no concern for other stakeholders, will ultimately lead to business failure and, at times, to counterproductive regulation. Consequently, business leaders must always assert ethical leadership so as to protect the foundations of sustainable prosperity.

The Caux Roundtable: Moral Capitalism for a Better World, Principles for Responsible Business

The Principles for Responsible Business are available free online. Caux Round Table Principles for Responsible Business. How can you use them to build a more responsible organization? Make responsible business  the minimum standard in your organization:

1. Discuss  the “Principles for Responsible Business” with other key leaders

2. Together, determine how your organization can more fully comply with the principles

3. Teach leaders what it means to comply with the principles within your organization

4. Include discussions about ethical and responsible behavior in regular meetings and problem-solving sessions

5. Hold leaders at all levels accountable for following the principles, and for teaching their employees to do the same

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For more, see Linda’s book 7 Lenses and the 21 Question Assessment: How Current is My Message About Ethics?
 
  7 Lenses is a Bronze Axiom Business Book Award Winner in Business Ethics41cEVx-Tu4L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_
  2014 Axiom Business Book Award Winner 
  About 7 Lenses
 
 
Info@LeadinginContext.com  @leadingincontxt  @7Lenses

© 2010 Leading in Context LLC 

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