Sustainability is all about meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability to meet the needs of future generations. Instead of today’s linear ‘take, make, depose’ economic model, companies like Hewlett-Packard, who recently unveiled the world’s first printer with closed-loop recycled plastic, and Procter & Gamble, with its ongoing focus on creating a new method to recycle plastic for reuse, are helping to drive the circular economy concept of ‘return and renew’ as part of their approach to sustainability in business.
- Is it time to tie executive compensation to sustainability? Learn more here.
- Learn more sustainability in today’s business world here.
- Read about the circular economy concept here.
Welcoming America returned to Charlotte on Friday, September 15th, for a week long series of events to celebrate National Welcoming Week. The events during Welcoming Week are focused on bringing together immigrants and U.S.-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone – including new Americans. Croixstone’s founder, Mark Weber, is Chairman of the Board of Directors for ourBRIDGE for KIDS, a nonprofit afterschool program for immigrant and refugee children here in Charlotte that provides an inclusive and welcoming environment.
During Welcoming Week, ourBRIDGE is opening its doors and inviting the community to the inauguration of the organization’s new afterschool center in east Charlotte on Sunday, September 17th from 3 – 6 p.m. at 3925 Willard Farrow Drive, Charlotte, NC, 28215. The public is welcome to attend!
- Learn more about ourBRIDGE for KIDS here.
- Read about ourBRIDGE for KIDS’ new home and partnership with Aldersgate here.
- See how ourBRIDGE for KIDS won Amazon’s #TickSaveMyCity contest here.
Back in 2001, seventeen people at The Lodge at Snowbird met to talk, ski, and relax, and what emerged was the Agile ‘Software Development’ Manifesto. Those seventeen individuals may not have predicted that the agile methodology would now go well beyond IT and impact all areas of business.
As agile becomes more and more popular, business teams across a broad range of industries and functions are continuing to adopt an agile approach as a wide-ranging global business strategy. And, big businesses aren’t the only places where agile is flourishing. Small businesses and startups are also benefiting from embracing agile strategies and mindsets.
- Learn about the secret history of agile innovation here.
- Read how to make agile work for the C-suite here.
Digital transformation has by now made its way to nearly all industries, and therefore, it comes up in Croixstone’s conversations almost daily. Why is digital transformation so important? Quite simply, if organizations don’t modernize and become fully digitalized then they will be left behind and the threat of disruption becomes very real. With companies investing millions to digitalize their businesses, they are hoping for outcomes that will increase revenue, reduce cost, create more products and services, improve customer satisfaction, enhance differentiation, and ultimately mitigate the risk of digital disruption.
Regardless of your area of expertise, digital transformation will impact everyone. Companies are looking for change drivers to help them weed through the digital transformation myths, create a culture that makes data-based decisions, and sift through an avalanche of digital initiatives to reshape their organizations.
Read about a new practical guide to a successful digital transformation here.
Learn some insights into helping your C-suite understand digital transformation here.
See how three companies are thriving with digital transformation here.
Those of us who live in the Queen City know that Charlotte is the third-largest banking center behind New York City and San Francisco. According to S&P Global Market Intelligence, the Charlotte region is home to 16 banking institutions with $2.27 trillion in total assets. So, what’s happening in the USA’s financial services sector overall?
Learn about the future of Financial Services here.
How are tech trends and FinTech affecting the Financial Services industry? Learn how here.
Are technology firms the next Financial Services providers? Let’s see what Forbes thinks here.
Finally, learn about the third way of innovation (AI and machine learning) in Financial Services here.
The Queen City is continuing to see the growth of coworking space. The coworking concept, paying for access to private and shared workspace, was initially fueled by the rise in mobile technology and the gig economy. More recently, the coworking trend expanded in the corporate and commercial real estate market, with more than one million people worldwide expected to be working in coworking spaces by the end of 2017.
Coworking spaces come in all shapes and sizes and represent the antithesis of yesterday’s corporate offices. With an estimated 14,000 spaces around the world, the spaces are shared by corporate teams, small businesses, tech workers, creatives, entrepreneurs, and more who are looking for the flexibility to be able to expand and add office space as they grow.
Learn more about the coworking trend below:
Last year, Microsoft purchased LinkedIn, the world’s largest networking and job search platform, for $26 billion. LinkedIn now has more than 500 million members, and its job platform hit a record 10 million jobs posted. Why did Microsoft buy LinkedIn? LinkedIn provides Microsoft with vast data to fuel its machine learning and business intelligence strategies.
Learn about the benefits of the Microsoft/LinkedIn acquisition here.
Coming soon, a new version of LinkIn’s app that will match you up with a mentor…read about it here.
Dive deeper into LinkedIn’s newer features here.
With TEDxCharlotte taking place in little over 2 months on October 13th, this is a great time to listen to a TED Talk. TED began in 1984 as a conference resulting from Richard Saul Wurman‘s observation of the convergence among three fields: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Today TED Conferences, TED Talks, TEDx events, TED-ED and many other variations of TED continue to share “ideas worth spreading” (the TED mission).
Below are two of our favorite TED Talks: