We turn the tables for this episode and Chris Kenny interviews me about my Why.
I feel most successful when I’m able to have a positive impact on the people I work with and the situations I’m involved with.
How I do that is that I lead with curiosity. I like to get a sense of what the situation is and understand how it came to be as it is. I ask a lot of questions and listen without judgement. I then try to discern what may be holding them back from achieving what they’re committed to. I then either tell them what I see or ask more questions so they can make their own assessments. I then explore what actions they can take to improve the situation.
Ultimately what I do is help entrepreneurs maximize their impact.
I kick off the show getting personal about getting stuck. Then we get to the good stuff!
Alando Simpson, Vice President of City of Roses Disposal & Recycling Inc where they assist businesses with reducing their carbon footprint. He told me their purpose is to do our best to exemplify what it looks like to be a 21st century triple bottom line business. Another gem: “In order to rectify issues we’ve inherited, private sector needs to step up to the place with innovative business models, beyond just bottom line to the whole ecosystem (people, planet, profit).
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After some discussion of what the future may bring, and why it’s both hard and vital to think about where humanity is going, I had a great conversation with Ivo Lukas, Founder/CEO of 24Notion, a global creative and lifestyle agency with a special emphasis on giving back to the community. Her purpose? To give back & to show everyone that they can make a difference
Ericka Dickey-Nelson is the Founder and Principal at Social Enterprises, Inc., a full-service event planning firm specializing in conferences and summits with a sustainability or social impact focus.
In 2008 Ericka co-founded the GoGreen Conference series in Portland. The series has since expanded to Seattle, Phoenix and New York City.
GoGreen Seattle is coming up April 30, 2015.
Social Enterprise’s purpose is making a difference through events.
In today’s episode I get a bee in my bonnet about execution and then get to a great conversation with Jon Blumenauer, CEO at The Joinery where they design and build beautiful, high-quality hardwood furniture from sustainably harvested wood. Their purpose is to drive positive change by handcrafting furniture that people absolutely love.
Go visit The Joinery:
- Westside: 922 SW Yamhill Street, Portland OR 97205 on both Max and streetcar lines
- Woodstock Showroom and Shop: 4804 SE Woodstock Blvd., Portland OR 97206
Before I introduce my interview with Maria Rodriguez on this episode, I share my thoughts on the concept of Massive Transformative Purpose from the book Exponential Organizations.
BYOEARTH is vermicomposting startup in Guatemala, founded by Maria Rodriguez.
social venture empowering women to create income, increase crop yields and build quality of life. Their purpose: to promote vermicomposting as a sustainable livelihood in vulnerable populations.
Maria also shared with us a concept that I love: “trabajo bien hecho” or “well done work”
Two main ideas in this episode.
First, do you care enough about the people you work with to say things that are difficult to say and/or hear but that are necessary for their success?
Then, I share my interview with Tracy Puhl, owner of GladRags, which helps women achieve period positivity while reducing their environmental impact
Tracy Puhl started at GladRags in 2009 and became owner in 2011 at the age of 24.
Tracy’s personal purpose is to follow the campsite rule: always leave a place better than you found it.
GladRags’ purpose is to positively transform the experience of menstruation.