- Paperback: 282 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 8, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1494213923
- ISBN-13: 978-1494213923
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
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Building a Bridge to Benefits: Why Sustainability Is A Long-term Commitment And Why It Promotes Continuous Improvement Paperback – December 8, 2013
About the Author
Ralph Jarvis is a Sustainability Author, Senior Consultant and Speaker. He is the Founder and Managing Principal of Jarvis Business Solutions, LLC, a certified Sustainability and Lean Six Sigma practice. He has over 30 years of Business, IT and Sustainability experience. Mr. Jarvis knows that company Owners and Executives are constantly searching for better ways to do business. He believes Sustainability will be a key centerpiece in every prudent 21st century business strategies and that will yield increased corporate performance. While many Owners and Executives are considering Sustainability projects, very few are clear how to effectively implement a Sustainability initiative. Fewer still are not looking to combine Sustainability with Lean Six Sigma methodology. Mr. Jarvis' engagements include a variety of Fortune 500 companies, federal, state, and Indian Nation governments, public sector agencies; as well as, not-for-profit organizations. He also brings working knowledge of global business practices and how to approach change in a variety of cultures. He provides a hands-on approach to Sustainability Transformation from through a Vision that integrates business strategies while promoting Sustainability practices that empower employees and eliminate waste. He earned his Global MBA in International Finance and his Executive Certificate in Global Corporate Social Responsibility from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He received his second Master’s in Management Information Systems at the University of Dallas, where he graduated with Highest Honors. He was one of the first to earn the Executive Certificate In Global Corporate Social Responsibility from his alma mater Thunderbird and also earned a Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma.
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"Building a Bridge to Benefits" is highly recommended to any leader seeking to become or remain competitive in the 21st Century global economy.
The book approaches the concept of Sustainability from a business point of view as well as the need to preserve our natural resources. How do we sustain our natural resources while increasing our customers' satisfaction and our profitability?
His answer? We can secure our gains by integrating Sustainable Development with Quality and Continuous Process Improvement that will translate into being able to optimize profitability.
He discusses the importance and role of each area of concern beginning with his integrated vision, proceeding too its plans and objectives, and then too its implementation. The areas concern are:
· The Value of Sustainability
· The Executive Commitment
· The Ethical Mandate and Social Responsibility
· The Inclusion of all Employees
· Matching Talent to the organization's demands
· Integrating Quality and CPI with Sustainability
· Using a Four Phase approach to transform the organization
· Establishing the changes and gains attained.
This book is a must read for businesses as they develop, revise, and/or implement their direction and strategic plan. It outlines adaptable easy to follow plans, goals, and steps.
Well researched and understandable, this book defines sustainability and the key part that management must play. It incorporates current thinking and provides examples to help illustrate concepts. His thoughts on business ethics, how to leverage employee potential, and identification and elimination of waste and inefficiency are powerful chapters that every manager needs to read and understand. I plan to keep this at work (provided by the author) as a reference.