Mindset Management; Maximize Your Efforts 1

At times, our mindset can adversely control the external environment around us. Accordingly, if we don’t want to complete a task at hand,  have preconceived notions about it, or find there is a lack of preparation; simple tasks seem harder to do. Relating to this ideology, I like to say, “we work harder in second gear,” as our productively is also adversely effected.  Our mindsets have the ability to make a task seem harder to do than it really is. Luckily, we  have the ability to overcome this obstacle through proper planning, time management, and heightened personal awareness.

In 2003, I become a registered EMT in the state of Nevada and was exposed to the Kübler-Ross model, commonly referred to as The Five Stages of Grief. Strangely, I’ve found in learning this model I have effectively improved my own task management skills as well as heightened my  own personal awareness.

To  further show this concept, I want to share a personal example that I hope most of you can relate too.  With autumn upon us and winter right around the corner I dread walking to my car every morning, the five frozen minutes that follow thereafter and battling the morning traffic.  If I choose to do nothing other than walk to my car, my experience becomes seemingly dreadful.  With proper planning (gloves, coat etc.) the task becomes more tolerable.  I can integrate  time management & preparation, for example, by warming my car up five minutes earlier. In turn, the task becomes even more tolerable.   The hardest task becomes mindset management. If I don’t want to drive to work, the task becomes seemingly dreadful. Through heightened personal awareness, I can begin to identify, isolate, and change the adverse and negative feelings complicating the task at hand. Ultimately,  the goal is to change our feelings in order to create both a positive internal and external environment. By driving to work, I can make money to buy a new T.V. and get  an extra 15 minutes to listen to my favorite radio show. Overall, through  improving my mindset and awareness  in the business environment,  I have also improved my time management,  task management and productivity skills.

2011; America’s top 5 Environmental Performing Public Companies 2

Newsweek recently revealed its Green Rankings 2011, a list ranking 500 of America’s largest public companies on environmental performance. They teamed up with two of the leading environmental research firms, Trucost and Sustainalytics, to compare the actual environmental footprints, management, and reporting practices of America’s public companies (Newsweek). Can you guess who ranked in the top 5?

Well, before we start let’s take a quick look at what the data represents:

Green Score:

This score is derived from the three component scores: an Environmental Impact Score, an Environmental Management Score, and an Environmental Disclosure Score; weighted at 45 percent, 45 percent, and 10 percent (Newsweek).

Environmental Impact Score:

Based on data compiled by Trucost, this is a comprehensive, quantitative, and standardized measurement of the overall environmental impact of a company’s global operations.  Each company’s footprint was based on 750 metrics including greenhouse gas emissions, water-use and waste disposal (Newsweek).

Environmental Management Score:

Based on an analysis of companies tracked in Sustainalytics’ Global Platform, the Environmental Management Score is an assessment of how a company manages its environmental performance through policies, programs, targets, certifications, controversies, and the like (Newsweek).

Environmental Disclosure Score:

Debuting this year, the environmental disclosure was included as a stand-alone score assessing each company’s transparency with regard to its environmental performance.  This score includes key transparency initiatives like the Carbon Disclosure Project (Newsweek).

2011; America’s top 5 Environmental Performing Public Companies

Bringing in the top spot for 2011 was IBM with an overall 82.5 green score.  They scored 78.8 in environment impact, 86.2 in environment management, and an 83 in environmental disclosure. IBM’s foundation for green success can be found in their strong corporate responsibility, sustainability stance, and overall positioning on environmental affairs.

Hewlett-Packard came in second, scoring a 75.8 overall green score–nearly 7 points behind IBM.  Much of HP’s foundation for green success can be found in their application of life-cycle management techniques.  Sprint Nextel ranked third, Baxter  ranked fourth, and Dell finished in the top five spot.  Each company had an overall green score in the mid-low 70’s. Referring back to my earlier post, Balance Your Business Scorecard,  as active stakeholders, we must evaluate  environmental performance and support & reward green companies. Choosing corporately responsible companies ensures not only the health of our environment, but also the health of our economy.

Sources & Addition Information: 

IBM

Corporate Register info@corporateregister.com

Newsweek

  • Greenrankings2011@newsweek.com

Sustainalytics

Trucost

  • GreenRankings@trucost.com