13 Cost-Free Ways to Ignite Energy

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Disrespect feels like a pat on the head, followed by a closing door. Disrespect encourages your inner accuser to whisper, “You don’t matter.” Disrespect increase sick days, slow downs, and paybacks. Nearly 80% of… Continue reading → Taking others higher Motivation Encouragement Leadership Development Leadership organizational success

The Energy Efficiency of Trust & Vulnerability

Mills Scofield

When we don’t trust, we exert a lot of energy to keep up our guard, to continually assess and verify. This uses a lot of energy and time. When we trust, we re-allocate that energy and time to getting things done and making an impact. Note: Carl & I met at BIF9.

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The 1 Thing Your Clients Aren’t Telling You (and What It’s Costing Your Company)

Anese Cavanaugh

In a word… Intuition and energy. The vendor’s main contact, who’d ultimately be the main point of contact for my client, had some pretty low vibe energy. I refer a lot of people to a lot of different companies and vendors.

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The Cost of Presence in Your Organization

Anese Cavanaugh

It was costing them roughly $288K a year. This number did not include lost opportunity costs, nor any hard costs. It was simply the expense of negative energy brought into a team meeting leading to lost productivity, distracted focus, and funky team dynamics*. Their body language, their facial expressions, their tone of voice, their energy… it’s low, non-contributory, downright assaulting in some cases. You’ll have an idea of your soft costs.

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Cutting Costs/Curtailing Services Can Produce Crappy Customer Service

Chart Your Course

In uncertain economic times, it’s common for businesses to focus their time and energies on ways to cut costs. However, many of the decisions to cut back have generated unintended, and in some cases, disastrous consequences.

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ESB International Energy Innovation – a B2B corporate blogging case study

Krishna De

Earlier this year, a new corporate blog was launched by ESB International called Energy Innovation. We provide services to international clients in the energy sector and also carry out work for other parts of ESB. The biggest questions for me were: - how much will it cost? -

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Leading through Influence: A Frontline Festival

Let's Grow Leaders

Some of those mistakes can be costly to the leader’s future and the organization’s reputation. Frontline Festival becoming a better leader energized leaders energizing leadership finding more energy in your leadershipWelcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival.

The Best Way to Reduce Stress in Stupid Situations

Let's Grow Leaders

A leader protecting her career at all costs, including at the expense of her team. All that negative energy then has some work to do. Career & Learning Energy & Engagement humor in the workplace stress stress in the workplace stress reduction

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The 3 Stages of a Country Embracing Renewable Energy

Harvard Business Review

It means energy turning point. (We In this transformation, we are witnessing the decarbonization of power consumption, thanks to the large-scale deployment of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar. Similarly, in cities, energy and housing associations are installing PV panels on multi-unit buildings, and the German ministry of economics and energy estimates around 3.8 Economy Sustainability Policy Energy & Natural Resources Digital Article

Barriers to Reducing and Controlling Healthcare Costs | StrategyDriven

Strategy Driven

corporate CEOs, predicts employer health costs will increase 166 percent by 2019, resulting in a cost burden of $28,530 per employee – three-times the 2009 employee cost of $10,743. What areas are showing the highest potential for costly future medical risks? What proactive steps can be taken to control costs and improve employee health behavior?

Why Job Descriptions are a Dying Art

Let's Grow Leaders

Collaborates across departments for innovative solutions to improve quality and reduce costs. Career & Learning Communication Energy & Engagement Everything Else employee engagement job descriptions leadership management

The Internet Shouldn’t Run on Dirty Energy

Harvard Business Review

The good news is that an internet powered entirely by renewable energy is closer than many people realize. Renewable energy costs are already competitive in many states, such as Texas and California. Renewable energy will become the low-cost source in a growing list of locations.

The Data Says Climate Change Could Cost Investors Trillions

Harvard Business Review

It’s not the first time economists have warned us about the costs of a changing climate. Last year, Citi produced a powerful study of the costs and benefits of shifting the energy system toward low-carbon technologies.

Nuclear Power is Clean, Safe, and Reliable… But Can It Be Competitive?

Strategy Driven

An evolving energy market, led by cheap natural gas and subsidized renewable generation, threatens the long-term financial viability of America’s remaining nuclear power plants. Announcements clean energy delivering the nuclear promise nei nuclear power strategydriven editorial

Are You On Salvage or Launch Mission?

Mills Scofield

Sunk Costs: money you spent that can’t be recovered… salvaged. This month, I’ve been working with a few companies struggling to walking away from sunk costs. Sunk costs are sunk.

It’s Time for Companies to Be Strategic About Energy

Harvard Business Review

Last year, networking giant Cisco Systems worked with one of its contract manufacturers in Malaysia to deploy 1,500 energy and temperature sensors on its manufacturing equipment. In the tech world, for example, energy is now the largest component of variable costs for running a datacenter.

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Harvard Business Review

The reason we keep a shopping list and try to keep supermarket trips to a minimum is that it’s easy to see the cost of driving to the store every time we crave a bag of potato chips. And all those transitional costs add up. A more accurate account of what happens when we tell ourselves we’re multitasking is that we’re rapidly switching between activities, degrading our clarity and depleting our mental energy.

The Cost of Continuously Checking Email

Harvard Business Review

The reason we keep a shopping list and try to keep supermarket trips to a minimum is that it’s easy to see the cost of driving to the store every time we crave a bag of potato chips. And all those transitional costs add up. A more accurate account of what happens when we tell ourselves we’re multitasking is that we’re rapidly switching between activities, degrading our clarity and depleting our mental energy.

Orrin Woodward Leadership Team :: Success Never Goes on Sale

Orrin Woodward

We are given our gifts, talents and energies for this life, not permitted to bank any for eternity. Success never goes on sale, but most people spend their whole life dickering over the cost, never making the purchase. What does it cost? What did success cost me?

Leading Sprinkles People

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Everyone here knows what comes in, what goes out, and what everything costs. Energy & Engagement Everything Else chip bell creating a service culture customer experiences A guest post from Chip Bell , author of Sprinkles. I must admit it. I’m a sucker for valentines.

Solving the Twin Crises of Energy and Water Scarcity

Harvard Business Review

Few people realize the important role water plays in our daily energy use, or the energy required to heat, treat, and supply water. Meanwhile, the electricity used for water treatment can be as much as one-third of a city’s energy bill.

Why the Keystone Pipeline Is the Wrong U.S. Energy Debate

Harvard Business Review

But “unconventional” also means expensive — squeezing oil out of uncooperative mud or tight rock formations is an energy, water and capital-intensive process. This resource intensity costs money and time. Renewable energy is winning: in the U.S.,

How Industrial Firms Invest in Renewable Energy, Affordably

Harvard Business Review

Big companies have been buying a lot of clean energy lately – 3.5 They put up almost no capital and usually lower their day-to-day energy costs. They held about 40 meetings with companies that had bought renewable energy and with big project developers.

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The Social Cost of Bad Online Marketing

Harvard Business Review

This is the medium that has already enabled the rapid dissemination of innovative economic development models, sustainable energy innovations and grassroots mobilization strategies, which were once front-and-centre on the social web, but are increasingly shoved to the margins.

Romancing the Pitch…

Rajesh Setty

Cost of Delivery: If you give something really amazing at a throwaway price, you might find a boatload of people standing in the queue to buy that amazing thing. However, you might go bankrupt fulfilling the requests as you will have costs of delivery.

How Businesses Are Reducing Their Energy Costs and Building Resilience - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM SIEMENS

Harvard Business Review

Business leaders have significant concerns about energy. A Harvard Business Review Analytic Services report, sponsored by Siemens in conjunction with a national series of seminars focused on energy innovation, found that approximately 90 percent of executives feel significant pressure to reduce their energy spend, and more than 80 percent said fluctuating energy prices are a challenge. Even fewer have an energy procurement strategy backed by senior management.

Pittsburgh’s Transformation Is a Model for Clean Energy Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Abandoning the treaty was predicated on preserving American jobs, but if he’d tuned into our HBR webinar, Delivering Economic Resilience in the New Energy Paradigm, he’d have been forewarned that Pittsburgh dismantles his argument. Instead of suffering from the Paris accord, Pittsburgh and its corporate partners stand to profit as pioneers of a clean and green energy future. The energy that ran the city came from a centralized macrogrid-based power system.

Your Company’s Energy Data Is an Untapped Resource

Harvard Business Review

Most companies are unprepared for the emerging revolution in predictive energy analytics. In fact, many readers’ eyes will have already glazed over at the preceding sentence, with the natural initial reaction that energy-related data isn’t relevant to their jobs. Who at your company will be put in charge of turning buildings operations from a cost center to a revenue center? Cost Savings. according to IHS, incurring fuel costs in the billions annually.

How to Help Managers Become More Strategic

Let's Grow Leaders

In mining, leaders must understand the strategic implications of cost curves, game theory, and real-options valuation; further, they must know and be sensitive to the stakeholders in their regulatory and societal environment, many of whom can directly influence their opportunities to create value.

Executives and Salespeople Are Misaligned — and the Effects Are Costly

Harvard Business Review

If and when leaders want to make changes, misalignment sets up a costly and frustrating cycle. Consider a large home energy provider in a mature, commoditized market where deregulation is driving down revenue and profit. companies spend over $900 billion on their sales forces, which is three times more than they spend on all ad media. Sales is, by far, the most expensive part of strategy execution for most firms.

Fear, intuition, honoring yourself & creating impact through intuitive leadership.

Anese Cavanaugh

And I’ve learned this has a cost; emotional, time, energetic, and yes, financial. All this being said, all costs aside, I think the financial cost is the least of it. I believe that the biggest cost of not honoring our intuition is in the spiritual cost, the energetic cost, and the cost to the impact we’re meant to have on this planet as leaders in our lives and organizations.

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Tackling Big Global Challenges with Low-Cost Innovation

Harvard Business Review

It removes a major source of cost/effort to both supplier and customer and relies on simply being smart with what you already have. Escalating healthcare costs — due in part to the explosion of chronic diseases among Americans — are expected to account for 20% of U.S. To rein in these costs and deliver better care at lower cost, the U.S. Energy. M-PESA is now enabling other disruptive business models in sectors like energy.

If You Think Fighting Climate Change Will Be Expensive, Calculate the Cost of Letting It Happen

Harvard Business Review

For recent examples of what climate disruptions will look like in practice, consider Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the Eastern Seaboard in 2012, causing $68 billion in damages , making it the second most costly weather event in the U.S. Insidiously, already-strained public budgets tend to be the “suppliers of first resort” when absorbing both the acute and attritional economic costs of climate change.

Want to add zero’s to your business? Smiles to your peeps? Add Love to your leadership.

Anese Cavanaugh

“The energy is way better in here… What’s happening? The magical energy of love. And it didn’t cost a thing. Energy Leadership from Anese Leadership Tips Organizational CultureGot love? Go hug someone.

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Are You On a Salvage or Launch Mission?

Mills Scofield

Sunk Costs: money you spent that can’t be recovered… salvaged. This month, I’ve been working with a few companies struggling to walking away from sunk costs. Sunk costs are sunk.

Cutting Costs Without Cutting Corners: Lessons from Banner Health

Harvard Business Review

Cost cutting is difficult in any industry, but it’s particularly challenging in healthcare, where organizations are simultaneously undergoing a major transformation to improve care and the patient experience. In a hospital setting, cost-reduction is often equated with cutting corners, and so is perceived as antithetical to care providers’ values, and typically creates high levels of employee and patient dissatisfaction. India’s Secret to Low-Cost Health Care.

Solving the Looming Talent Shortage in the Energy Industry

Harvard Business Review

for example, a backlog of baby-boomer retirees is expected to turnover upwards of 40 percent of utilities'' 400,000-strong workforce, according to a study by the Task Force on America''s Future Energy Jobs produced by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC).

Is the Cost of Innovation Falling?

Harvard Business Review

If the cost of innovation is falling, that should enable more of it from poorer countries, companies or cooperatives. Those who say the cost is dropping often point to the dramatically falling costs of computing power. Some of this may just be the product of the high regulatory costs in pharmaceuticals, but research by Harvard's F.M. In fact, the costs of developing seminal software algorithms continue to rise, too.

Ten Quick Wins to cut costs

Chartered Management Institute

Ten Quick Wins to cut costs, save energy and streamline office functions. You are not watching this post, click to start watching

The Cost of Closeted Employees

Harvard Business Review

You have to devote a huge amount of psychic energy to being closeted — changing pronouns, switching names. A new study by the Center for Work-Life Policy published in the July/August 2011 issue of Harvard Business Review quantifies just how high the cost is for both closeted LGBTs and their employers. Like Karp, LGBT employees expend an enormous amount of energy simply keeping their stories straight, leaving less for focusing on the work they need to do to advance.