Feeling Our Roots and Branching Out

Saturday, April 30, 2011Comments (1)

Sometimes the synchronicity of events justs amazes me. Thursday, I was telling my story of how I got involved in sustainability leadership to a business colleague. Key to that story was my atypical Peace Corp experience in Tonga, from 1987-1989. I was assigned to H. R. H. Crown Prince Tupouto'a of Tonga, who was sworn into his new role as H. M. King George Tupou V in 2006.

Long before Andrew Savitz introduced us to the triple-bottom line in his book of the same name in 2002, I lived a triple-bottom-life in Tonga for those two years. I lived and ate sustainbly as the Tongans did, with a great appreciation for the beautiful island archipelago, whose waters were already fished out. I was fulfilling a community service through my assignment, while at the same time, I was indirectly aiding in a more sound economic development through better information management, key to the decision making of this leader. Those two years kicked-off my interest in bringing sustainability into business.

Yesterday, I was watching the royal wedding of William and Kate along with 3 billion other viewers. And, to my surprise, I got to see H. M. King George on the screen, almost 22 years later, as he entered the majestic Westminster Abbey, looking dashing in his long coat, aiding his step with an elegant cane. (I suspect his guot is still troublesome.) ABC reported that there were only 40 royals from other countries, out of 1900 guests, and he was one of just a handful caught by their camera during the event. It was such a treat to see him, and reconnect more vividly to the journey which brings me here today, serving leaders who want to grow their businesses sustainably.

These synchronous events reminded me how important it is to take time to reconnect with our roots, the core drivers of what we do. I feel a new energy and excitement after this. This visitation to the past seems to solidify my vision for this business even more. It also brought to mind how closely I am connected to the world, as everyone is, by reaching out to those we know. I am only separated from H. M. the Queen of England, by one, and the rest of her family by two. How amazing. I encourage clients looking for collaborative partners to really explore their business relationships and degrees of separation. An introduction can do wonders. 

Now, I wonder if H. M. has the same email address? Hmmm.....

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