GBS Good Reads: CSR, Sustainability, Literature and Life

This week has been busy and lazy (the two are not always mutually exclusive, trust me). I haven’t done much reading and Twitter has been kind of slow too. But like I said in my last GBS Good Reads Post, some reads just stick with me despite all the craziness going on around me. So without further ado, here is my second dose of Good Reads:5437040300 9168cc940e 199x300 GBS Good Reads: CSR, Sustainability, Literature and Life

The Good Read: 12 Ways to Spot A Liar At Work

The Phrase that Stuck:

In business dealings, the best way to understand someone’s baseline behaviour is to observe her over an extended period of time. Note her speech tone, gestures, blinking patterns, etc. Once you’ve assessed what is “normal” for a co-worker, you will be able to detect shifts, when her body language is “out of character.” Just remember (and this is key), that the atypical signals you detect may be signs of lying — or a state of heightened anxiety caused by many other factors.

 

The Good Read: CSR, Women and Violence

The Phrase that Stuck:

However, I think it’s not just a case of not wanting to throw stones in glass houses.  It’s more a question of what’s easy (or efficient, or cheap), and tackling deep rooted social problems isn’t easy (or efficient, or cheap!)…….This is a nettle CSR — socially responsible corporations — have to grasp.  It is not enough to hug a tree, offset carbon emissions and get worried about the working conditions of your suppliers in poorer countries.  Businesses have to get real and understand that they have a tremendous opportunity to tackle deep rooted social injustices like those described here.

 

The Good Read: Another Buffett Rule: No Shortcuts on the Environment

The Phrase that Stuck:

JM says it has embraced the “belief that the business case for sustainability is based on cultivating trust – trust that our people and technologies will deliver optimum returns while also being responsible for environmental and social performance.”

 

The Good Read: E. B. White on the Role and Responsibility of the Writer

The Phrase that Stuck:

There are good reasons for anger, and I have nothing against anger. But I think some writers have lost their sense of proportion, their sense of humour, and their sense of appreciation. I am often mad, but I would hate to be nothing but mad: and I think I would lose what little value I may have as a writer if I were to refuse, as a matter of principle, to accept the warming rays of the sun, and to report them, whenever, and if ever, they happen to strike me.

 

The Good Read: Is the future one of abundance or scarcity?

The Phrase that Stuck:

I also worry that further increasing our attempts to control and interfere with nature will merely lead to new externalities and unintended consequences. And if we then apply yet more techno-fixes to these unintended consequences, we will store up ever greater risks of future collapse. I think it is hubristic to believe that we humans are cleverer at designing for resilience than evolution.

 

The Good Read: The Preschool Race Is No Joke

The Phrase that Stuck:

The elite preschool market illustrates a simple but important truth: Contrary to the slogans of champions of minimal government, we don’t always get the best possible outcomes when people are free to decide for themselves how to spend their hard-earned money. When all wealthy parents raise their bids for slots in elite preschools, they succeed only in bidding up tuition levels. There are still no more slots than before.

 

The Good Read: 12 Most Insightful Responses from Apple’s Siri

The Phrase that Stuck:

“Siri, I think there’s someone in the house?!”

Siri: “Be thankful. Your calendar shows your last date was 2.5 years ago. Go get ‘em, tiger.”

 

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