Posts Tagged: Dirk Mischendahl

Too many chefs or too much soup?

Earlier this month our team found themselves at the Institute of Directors in London presenting to a group of judges for the next phase of our Business in The Community Big Tick Win. We entered the Small Company of the Year category and found ourselves awarded a Big Tick award. It’s been a hard slog to get ourselves into this position, building on and cementing a culture that we really started with 14 years ago.  A fourteen year journey into a 20 minute presentation slot just doesn’t fit. The team struggled to choose what to leave out – it’s all good and relevant to the judges. Read more on Too many chefs or too much soup?…

Are you the tortoise or the hare?

It’s nearly Easter and shops and billboards are bombarding us with images of rabbits and chicks, and as we all scuttle around tying up loose ends before the holidays, I’m reminded of the tale of the Tortoise and the Hare. It may be an old tale, but the messages it conveys are no less relevant today.

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They say that if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. That may often be true, but just because something seems to be working, doesn’t mean it couldn’t be improved.

I’ve been thinking about this recently in relation to our relationships with our charity and community partners, and the various projects we support.

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Training Sustainability Champions

Offer your employees fire-safety training and you would be hard pressed to find even one willing participant, but offer them fire-breathing lessons and you would probably have the whole team clamoring to show off their best circus impressions. It’s not anyone’s fault that the latter is more interesting than the former but still, it is our responsibility as employers to make all forms of training as engaging as possible.

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Change that Works for Everyone

Allison Ogden-Newton from Social Enterprise London recently said something that I found interesting and refreshing to hear. She said that, “the most sustainable event is the one that changes people’s behaviour”.

This got me thinking that as serious advocates of sustainability and thought leaders we should primarily always be thinking about how we can use our events to influence and inspire others. Sustainable events aren’t just about achieving a British Standard certification, or boasting about how much carbon we’ve saved or the benefits we’ve brought to the local community. These are added bonuses. But great as they are, we want to see how the events we create can bring about the behavioural change needed to address the sustainability issues we are faced with globally.

The future of events is very exciting at the moment; the recession forced employee engagement and sustainability up the agenda and it looks like it’s here stay. Hopefully everyone is using this new sustainable approach to event delivery to educate companies about the number of environmental and commercial benefits they can reap. We need to be the reminding force that it’s not just about ticking boxes, but creating a sustainable commercial culture through genuine behavioral change.

It is not the responsibility of any one person, business or community to create a bright future for the planet and its inhabitants but we know how powerful the individual can be in influencing decisions and actions. So if the opportunity arises to inform and teach others we should grab it with both hands and run with it.

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The Fun Factor

Sus-stain-a-bil-it-y – not only is it a long word that’s difficult to say, it’s one with so many incarnations and definitions it’s hard to know what it means as well.

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