How Do We Let This Happen?

Normally, I write about sources and techniques for innovation, or matters related to emotional intelligence and leadership, but today is a different topic.  One that most people don't know about and it is utterly shocking.  

I recently attended a conference in Washington that revealed the atrocities occurring in slaughter houses in North America today.  It happens because of a lack of transparency.  I believe that most people are compassionate, and if they know what is happening, they will make different choices.

This is common practice, not the exception:

 ·       Cows, calves, lambs and pigs are being butchered while alive

 ·       These same animals get their tails cut off without any anaesthesia

 ·       Female pigs must now live their lives in gestation crates – these crates are so small that     
      they cannot stand up or move. They are bred past the point of exhaustion, then they die

 ·       Baby calves are chained up in tiny pens where they cannot move or see the light of day      
they are butchered

 ·       Chickens are couped up in cages so tightly that they are suspended in the air and can  
      barely breathe.  Many farms have windowless coups where in the summer the temperature
      reaches a scorching 100 degrees.  Many die of dehydration. The so-called ‘’free range”
      chicken is not much better.  The only difference is that they can spread their wings, but they
      still cannot otherwise move

 There are actually more gruesome, violent acts being perpetrated every day, every hour against these animals.  Their suffering is truly unimaginable.  You don’t have to believe me.  Just Google factory farming – you’ll find lots of evidence.  Here’s an undercover video for you to see for yourself:

The slaughter houses not long ago did not engage in these activities.

99% of factory farms today are houses of horror, so it’s difficult to find one that practices humane slaughter.  If you are a meat eater, and choose to continue, all I ask is that you please cut back on the quantity of meat (beef, pork, poultry) you eat each week so that less animals will suffer.  You can make a difference. By having Meatless Mondays, or trying semi-vegetariansim, you will prevent some suffering.  There are plenty of ways to get protein, moreover, and you will be healthier for it.  If you want to make a bigger difference, pass this on to inform others.  

Mercy for Animals, Compassion Over Killing and the Humane Society are some of the organizations that are doing their best to stop this barbarism.  I'm going to do my best to help them fight this violence. Admittedly, many of us are busy in our demanding jobs with little time to spare, but all of us can stop or cut back on eating animals with very little effort.

Posted on July 24, 2014 .

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Posted on May 21, 2014 .

Emotional Intelligence: An Edge for Leaders (Feb 27,28)

Pat Harmon is teaching a two-day course at Cornell University's ILR School for Human Capital Development on February 27 and 28 in New York City.  The course, Emotional Intelligence, An Edge for Leaders, allows participants to learn and develop the competencies associated with emotional intelligence to achieve higher performance.  

Pat has taught the course at Cornell for the past 12 years. During the interactive skill-based workshop, she explains how Emotional Intelligence (EI), also known as "EQ", is the ability to harness your emotions in sensing, understanding and responding adeptly to social cues in your environment.  She explains the dimensions of this skill and illustrates how it is what every leader uses to make pivotal decisions. The course will show you how EI can help you plan projects and initiatives, solve problems, interact with clients, set performance expectations, communicate feedback and interact with colleagues at all levels.  

Posted on January 29, 2014 .

Packaging You Never Have to Throw Away

As we approach the holiday season, I could not help but think about all that packaging that we end up throwing away.  I, like many people now, do make an effort to reuse packaging as often as I can. 

When shipping materials, I often receive boxes with those pesky little styrofoam bits that fly all over when you open the box.  It’s irritating, to say the least, but what’s more troubling, is that styrofoam and many other packaging materials are non-degradable.  They can stay with us for a thousand years.

Posted on November 23, 2013 and filed under Environment.

The Big Idea

So many times when I’m leading teams in ideation sessions, I am expected to lead them to The Big Idea.  It seems that everyone wants that one, big, breakthrough idea that is an instant success. But that expectation sets the endeavor up for failure.  The process of innovation doesn’t work like that.

I truly enjoy facilitating brainstorming sessions and getting more ideas than you would think possible.  Quantity, not quality, of ideas is certainly a major tenet of creative thinking.

Posted on October 18, 2013 and filed under Business.

Emotional Intelligence: Management Fad, or a Skill of Leverage

In a June 1999 article entitled "Why CEOs Fail" Fortune magazine listed six habits of highly ineffective CEOs. The worst culprit in ineffectiveness wasn't the CEOs' failure to create or implement the right corporate strategy, as one might expect. The number one ineffectiveness habit was people problems. To be sure, the best strategy is useless without good execution. Getting the job done often requires tough decisions, and feelings should not get in the way. Nevertheless, overlooking the human element is a serious mistake. 

Posted on July 9, 2013 .