Borders Closings | The Beginning Or The End?

There’s a lot of buzz stirring about the recent Border’s Books closings.  Many are saddened as they watch from a nostalgic view.  The thought of books, jobs, and businesses disappearing from brick and mortar stores and re-materializing in the virtual world is leaving many in a place of mourning and for some a place of fear.

There are those however, like me, who view this as a turn of the page to a new and wonderful chapter in the book of life.  I’ve watched many technologies unveil themselves over my 47 years and I have to say that with each and every one there is that moment of loss in the remembering days gone by.

I hold strong to my belief that just as we’ve managed to watch the pot give way to the microwave and the dial on the television transform in to wireless wonderment so will we find our way to embracing the transition from hardcover to html for our beloved books. Continue reading

Building a Sustainable Business | A New Look at Energy Conservation

Building a Sustainable Business

by Cindy Zeis

We’re living in a day and time when the words sustainable, green, recycle and the like are becoming common household terminology.  We’re looking at our plastics differently, putting our glass jars and bottles in a separate bin from our biodegradables etc…  We’re even looking at how we build our cars, our homes, and our office buildings by using the 3 R’s…Reduce, Recycle, and Reuse model.

We’re altering our lifestyles to meet the changing needs of our environment.  In the workplace we’ve added recycle bins, print to document, and fax to e-mail services to help save our natural resources.  We’re upgrading to energy efficient devices to conserve energy and for some we’ve even resorted to using photovoltaic cells on our rooftops to offset the use of fossil fuels in our daily operation.

As much as we’re doing to conserve our natural resources I believe there is one resource we fail to use the conservation model with and that’s our own energy.  When we continue to do business in ways that are outdated and fail to educate ourselves in more efficient work practices, we’re wasting our energy and from what I experience and can see in the world we need as much of this as possible right now to live in this ever-growing, ever-changing, fast paced society.

Keeping with the Reduce, Recycle, Reuse model let’s see how we can work to create a more sustainable business and effectively relieve ourselves from much of the self-induced stress that lays claim to much of our wasted time not to mention our health.

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