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This month Parvati Magazine spoke with Christine Fløysand, Founder and CEO of By Nature, a non-profit corporation established to showcase Norwegian technology, entrepreneurs and companies helping the world become greener and more sustainable. The By Nature brand will feature Norwegian companies in sectors as diverse as bio energy, sustainable transportation, water, solar, heating and cooling, and climate adaptation. Parvati Magazine: What or who inspired you to start By Nature? Why now? Christine Fløysand: Norway is transitioning away from oil and gas dependency towards a green economy. However, the slow paceRead More
Parvati Magazine spoke with Mel Wilson, PhD, Partner and National Leader, Sustainable Business Solutions at PwC Canada,  to ask him about his work helping organizations manage their environmental and sustainability performance. Parvati Magazine: How does corporate sustainability relate to corporate responsibility and why does sustainability matter? Mel Wilson: I would argue corporate sustainability is a subset of corporate responsibility. Corporate responsibility deals with the big question, “If a company is a legal entity, what are its ethical obligations?” This question covers a wide array of ethical obligations: obligations to shareholders,Read More

Posted On September 17, 2016By Parvati MagazineIn Business, Community, October 2016 - Witnessing

Business: Polarity, by James Greengrass

The human brain defaults to seeing things in an “either/or” framework.  Either that rustling in the underbrush is a threat or it is not.  The person approaching me has hostile intent or they do not.  This proposal is beneficial or it is not.  That framework also shapes the way we evaluate leadership. Our culture tends to treat “leader” as synonymous with “problem solver”.  An effective leader solves problems.  An ineffective leader does not.  This “black and white” view is intuitively satisfying (translation: it lines up with our brain’s default settings)Read More
Parvati Magazine sat down with Kelley Kosow, Master Integrative Life Coach and Chief Executive Officer & Program Leader of The Ford Institute, to obtain her thoughts on leading a business through a major transition and opportunities for personal growth in the workplace. Parvati Magazine: In 2013, Debbie Ford, the founder of the Ford Institute, passed away. You had been chosen by Debbie to continue her work and lead the organization, though this had not been fully communicated to everyone prior to her passing. What was the transitioning experience like? KelleyRead More
“The master accumulates nothing but the more he does for others the greater his existence.” – Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching Do you believe you can effortlessly ride the path to prosperity – living in a state of wealth, balance and ease? Prosperity is not something that can be appropriated – by cleverly acquiring the right resources and deploying them through an intelligent strategy. What we miss is the awareness that in every moment we are in a relationship – certainly with major stakeholders – employees, customers, investors, vendors, communityRead More
Parvati Magazine sat down with speaker, author and coach David Berry, author of “A More Daring Life: Finding Voice at the Crossroads of Change” to obtain his thoughts on business leadership challenges today. Parvati Magazine: What inspired you to write your book? David Berry: It was a project to clarify my thoughts about those elements that have been most important to my own relationship with change. It has become a powerful tool for me to be constantly reminded about the fundamentals of what I aspire to – the critical importanceRead More
“Hurry slowly” – Zen saying Accompanying the information age is the age of anxiety. There are seemingly infinite sources of stress all stemming from things we cannot control. Will we have enough money? How do we ensure we are successful? There is pressure to keep up at our jobs, in our businesses, with our families, friends, hobbies. The great stress and pressure from the need to be a good parent, a good son or daughter, a good sibling, a good friend and the list goes on. Our sense of innerRead More
Carol Dweck, a world-renowned researcher and psychologist from Stanford University, argues that the single quality that separates successful people from unsuccessful people is whether they think their intelligence and abilities are fixed. She refers to people who think their abilities are fixed as having a ‘fixed mindset‘, and those who think they can grow their mindset as having a ‘growth mindset‘. People with a fixed mindset believe that talent and intelligence are static, and that they cannot be changed. They see challenge as a negative thing, instead of a chanceRead More
I was recently reading about how to inspire people to recognize and take action on climate change. One article raised some excellent points about human nature, and why we respond to certain prompts and not to others. This inspired me to consider the take-aways for businesses when it comes to working with human nature. Here are five strategies to help you meet the challenges of starting and running a successful business that is ecologically responsible. Get past denial. Few newlyweds think they have a 50% chance of divorcing, but thoseRead More
The popular phrase “nice guys finish last” leaks its way into the world of business. Those who are determined not to be left at the bottom of the hiring ladder, too often believe that they need to be aggressive, even cutthroat, to get their way and move ahead in their careers. Leaving a wake of damage along their path, these people may move up the row of corporate hierarchy, but at a cost far too high to provide any lasting happiness. Then there are those who have given up onRead More