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Our Oceans, Our Future: a conversation with Fabien Cousteau by Catherine Calarco

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Our Oceans, Our Future: a conversation with Fabien Cousteau by Catherine Calarco

Educate + Empower + Restore. It is a great honor to be joined by Fabien Cousteau to discuss the Ocean Learning Center (OLC) and the experience of living 31 Days underwater. Our dynamic conversation will provide unique insights and review amazing adventures of the Cousteau family. Following his grandfather’s words, “People protect what they love, they love what they understand and they understand what they are taught.” – Jacques-Yves Cousteau, the mission of the OLC is to raise awareness, educate, and inform all citizens of the world of ways to protect and preserve the planet’s waters and endangered marine habitats and marine life. Through knowledge and innovative technologies regarding ocean preservation, the team at OLC collaborate with partners to develop educational programs and activities in aquatic conservation, restoration, and marine projects dedicated to protecting the Earth’s waters and its inhabitants for the future of our next generation.

The Oceans provide our planet with air, water, and food. We share an unbounded curiosity to learn about our environment and life.   As an Aquanaut, Fabien lived under water for 31days.   His experience demonstrated the uniqueness of our planet and the joy of being part of the ocean environment.  

“”Ninety-nine percent of our livings space is the ocean”  

The oceans hold a huge amount of secrets and amazing new discoveries.   New technology now makes it possible for us to explore it like never before.  At the same time, the ocean environment is threatened with islands of plastic (gyres), the loss of coral reefs due to bleaching and acidification that threatens the entire planet itself.  Dynamics of climate change impacts the ocean and us on land.  Technology can save the ocean but it will take people to make it happen.  
How can you get involved?  Connect with Fabien at http://www.fabiencousteauolc.org/ and join in the efforts to save our oceans.  Join us on Humanity Evolve! Tuesday 1pm Pacific Time on VoiceAmerica

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Building the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

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Building the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

Yesterday’s show was about Building the Home of the Future. It is actually just the first of a few different shows we will have about Building the Home of the Future, as it is a large and exciting topic and we can only cover a portion at a time. Today’s theme is about In-Factory construction.

We had two guests on the show, each a progressive home builder that constructs their homes In-Factory. We will chat with Barry Maedel of CLiCK Modular Homes out of British Columbia in Canada and Marc A Bovet, with  Bone Structure out of Quebec, Canada.

It is becoming clear that this style of construction has so many benefits, it is hard to understand why this isn’t the norm yet.

Learn more by listening to the recorded interviews with these builders, and visiting the blog post about the show.

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What is the impact on the organization of having Work Life Imbalance?

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What is the impact on the organization of having Work Life Imbalance?

Rick A. Morris will be interviewing best-selling author John Stenbeck.  Given the immense pressure faced by project teams to control budgets and meet deadlines, it is even possible to suggest they could have a Work/Life Balance?  Come listen to the invigorating John discuss is latest book which is ranked #1 in Agile Project Management and hear a lively debate between whether or not Agile and Traditional Project Management can co-exist in the workplace.  Hear the two leading experts in their respective spaces discuss this relevant topic on the evolution of projects in the workplace.  Does Agile replace Project Management?  Can the development environment really be successful without Agile?  Get your answers on 1/8 on the Work/Life Balance.

Listen to the Work/Life Balance Live every Friday at 2pm PST.

Shake the Idea Tree With “Shake-em Up” Questions

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Shake the Idea Tree With “Shake-em Up” Questions

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What would your business’s “greatest hits” be if it went under tomorrow? Or what games are played here? Or if you worked in a big glass fishbowl, what might you do differently?

I’ve used these thought-provoking questions, during team building, business and strategic planning as well as leadership development to get people thinking in new directions. Here are three “shake-em up” questions that have generated great discussion and creative solutions.

1. What drives our best customer’s crazy and what makes them exceedingly happy?

This goes beyond the cliche of being customer focused. It energizes people to talk about what they really know about your customer’s needs and expectations. A follow up question could be how can we help our best customers get rid of the thing that drives them crazy and supply the things that will bring a smile to their faces? This can lead to the development of new products and services that will benefit the customer and the company as well.

2. What is the most likely reason someone would want to join our company and why someone would leave it?

This probes deeper issues about what’s attractive and also unattractive about the company and its culture. It can set off fireworks about hiring and firing polices; about good and bad managers; about wages and benefits and a whole slew of other talent management issues as employee motivation, engagement, career development, etc. So don’t ask this question unless you want to hear the good and the bad and also are willing to do something about it.

3. Someone burst into your meeting and shouted “I’ve got good news and bad news.” What do you think those two pieces of news might be?

This question can open up a discussion of how things are really going. I have found that people are under the illusion if we don’t talk about it, it’ll get better or hopefully go away. But generally it doesn’t. It gets worse. So it’s better to find out there are, for example, defects that are being ignored or that the deadline will not be met – and deal with it promptly. You then can stop production until the defect is corrected rather than ship it out and hope the customer won’t notice. Or you can talk with the customer about extending the deadline now rather than beg forgiveness later.

Smart Moves Tip:
All companies need fresh ways to approach problems and opportunities. Or else they will stagnate and perhaps, die. So set aside time at your next board, staff, team meeting or retreat to think outside the box by asking “shake-em up” questions. It may generate some controversy, but that’s OK. It’s better to get an issue out in the open where it can be addressed rather than hidden where it can lead to petty disagreement, employee disengagement and worst of all, customer dissatisfaction.

Marcia Zidle:

The Business Edge with Marcia Zidle, your Smart Moves Coach, delivers practical advice to help business leaders take the growing pains out of growth. Are you facing overwhelming demands on your time? Are costly mistakes eating into your profits? Are you facing increased expectations from customers and clients and the need to strike a better balance in your life? Now’s the time to stop spending your energy managing problems and start doing your real work: growing your business to the next level and beyond. Learn to create a growth agenda to get your business on the right track and keep it there. Rev up your growth engine with exceptional talent. Develop the right kind of leadership to move it forward fast. Start by tuning in to The Business Edge, airing live every Wednesday at 11 AM Pacific Time.

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