Nov 7
Kapalua Resort Shows Noble Spirit and High Ethics in its Land and Nature Management

In this era of ever-increasing environmental awareness, it is inspiring to see companies take responsibility about caring for the land under their stewardship and be concerned about the impact their enterprises have on the local environment. Kapalua Resort, located on Maui, Hawaii, is a prime example of such a company. Kapalua Resort encompasses 23,000 acres of the northwest shore of Maui, incorporating mountains, rainforests, beaches, lava flows, and pineapple fields; and Kapalua is acutely aware of its environmental stewardship.

“Sustainable principles and practices are the guiding principles for development andKapalua%20Resort%20aerial%20view-.JPG are at the core of Kapalua Resort's renaissance,” says the resort’s website. “A sense of wellness and sustainability permeates everyday life, illustrated by eco-friendly development practices, pristine natural beauty and holistic farming.”

Kapalua’s commitment to caring for the land can especially be witnessed through its ownership and management of its Pu‘u Kukui Preserve, its Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and its Marine Life Preserves. The Pu‘u Kukui Preserve West Maui Mountain range is the largest private nature reserve in Hawaii. The Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary envelops Kapalua’s two golf courses and protects 23 species of birds. The Marine Life Preserves include Honolua Bay and Mokule’ia Bay, and are Hawaii State Marine Life Conservation Districts. 

It’s refreshing to see companies take as many active measures as Kapalua Resort (and its parent company Maui Land & Pineapple) to care for and preserve the beauties of the natural resources under its domain. It shows a high degree of business and moral ethics.

Sep15
Thumb Games Trump Gym Class

Out of 55 high school students in PE class today, only nine chose to play basketball, the activity scheduled for the day. Nine of 55. I’m not mathematician, but that’s only like 16 percent. When I was in high school, PE was the highlight of the day and any chance to play basketball – unless there was a chance to play baseball – was well received. Everyone played. Nearly everyone. One kid, my friend Mark the bohemian, didn’t like sports and didn’t often participate.

What these other 46 students chose to do was play thumb games, bowling on their cell phones or other electronic devices I didn’t recognize. They weren’t flirting, either. They preferred their games to company, and to sports. And to me, that’s a bad sign for the future of the world.

Don't you think?

Hey, Don't Blame Me

Picture a pointing hand, your hand, pointing at someone else. It's so easy to blame our problems on others. We blame our friends, our parents, our teachers, our leaders, our government. We blame the guy in the car behind us, or the guy in line in front of us. We blame the neighbors, we blame the media. Sometimes we may even blame God. It seems so foolish, but we do it.

Rather than blame others, we need to accept responsibility for what we do and what we say. When we are wrong, we need to admit it and make things right.

When we are unhappy, we need to figure out why and fix it. Whether we are happy or not happy is our individual decision, no matter what others do. The finger points at you.

Sep14
Look Into Your Own Heart First

From First Things First by Stephen R. Covey, A. Roger Merrill and Rebecca R. Merrill:

What if you have serious doubts about the people you work with? What if you question their competency or even their character? How do you establish a stewardship agreement based on trust?

Success is always inside out. Start with yourself. How do you se this person? Could your paradigm be part of the problem? Do you genuinely want this person to succeed? Do you believe that this person has the capacity to grow and develop?

It's our experience that most people are not intentionally incompetent. Neither are they purposefully mean, duplicitous, or manipulative. They just don't have their act together, yet. Often negative judgments about character grow out of misunderstanding. Assume good intentions. Character and competence are always on a continuum. Make sure your paradigms are true to principle.

Does Your Company Have An Ethical Responsibility To Customers, Employees, And The Planet?

I’m impressed. I just finished The Hidden Beauty Of Everyday Life by Kent Nerburn, a decent read. This is printed inside the back cover:

New World Library is dedicated to publishing books and other media that inspire and challenge us to improve the quality of our lives and the world.

We are a socially and environmentally aware company, and we make every attempt to embody the ideals presented in our publications. We recognize that we have an ethical responsibility to our customers, our employees, and our planet.

We serve our customers by creating the finest publications possible on personal growth, creativity, spirituality, wellness and other areas of emerging importance we serve our employees with generous benefits, significant profit sharing, and constant encouragement to pursue our most expansive dreams. As members of the Green Press Initiative, we print an increasing number of hooks with soy-based ink on 100 percent postconsumer waste recycled paper. We power our offices with solar energy and contribute to nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better place for us all.

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Phishing Attacks Targeting Myspace Users

From the FBI:

The FBI has become aware of phishing attacks targeting users of the popular social networking web site, (MySpace).

These attacks have come in the form of a bulletin titled "CHECK OUT these old school pictures...." When a user clicks on the provided link to view the pictures, his or her web browser is directed to a screen that is an exact reproduction of the MySpace login screen. However, this offer and its corresponding web site are not affiliated with MySpace. These attacks may be a vector to introduce Malware - such as a Trojan virus - to steal financial information from recipients. And while MySpace users do not typically store financial information on their personal pages, phishers may be gambling that the login information for users' MySpace accounts is the same for other accounts at financial institutions, online auction web sites, or online payment systems.

Dress For Success, Sure, But Dress For Funerals, Too

People where I live don't dress up for funerals. Is this true everywhere? Jeans and shorts and flip flops don't really seem like proper attire for a funeral. "Sorry you're dead, dad, but not sorry enough to bother cleaning up and changing clothes before coming down for the ceremony. Got a big miniature golf match right after, and we don't want to be late."

I'm only 50, but I remember people dressing up to eat out, dressing up to fly, dressing up for work. Now they don’t even dress up at the bank. You don’t know if the guy there is really a banker or a guy who mows lawns.

Is it too much to expect that some things – especially funerals – should be held in enough respect that we dress up? If any of you show up at my funeral, 50 years from now, by golly you better have a tie on.

Five More Strategies For Living With Full Integrity

From Inside Every Woman by Vickie L. Milazzo:

Engage 100 percent. If you're an employee, put 100 percent effort into every job. As a friend, put 100 percent into your friendship. Cut back on commitments and people to whom you're not willing to give 100 percent.

Eliminate excuses. Do whatever it takes to live up to your word. It's easier to keep promises you really want to make, so avoid committing too quickly and don't overcommit.

Admit when you're wrong. This increases trust, elevates credibility and strengthens the relationship.

Avoid mean and hurtful communication. Communicating with kindness always results in more positive impact.

Forgive your own transgressions. Just because we have a breach in integrity doesn't mean we're not allowed to move forward.

Sep13
Attitude Turns Disallowed Corporate Furniture Into Art

Gordon McKenzie, who at the time called himself the Creative Paradox at Hallmark Cards, tells of a time he bought twelve beautiful antique desks for a new division in the company. He also bought an old milk can for each office, to use as a trash can. Some bureaucrat over purchasing said, "You can't do that. Those desks aren't on the list of approved corporate furniture."

No amount of pleading would sway the person's mind. "Well," McKenzie said, "can we add these beautiful antiques to the corporate art collection?" "Certainly." The desks and cans stayed.

How you look at problems, your attitude toward them, determines what you get done. It's that simple.

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If He Had Said Some Mighty Thing, I Would Have Done It

A valiant Syrian nobleman, Naaman, went to Elisha to be healed of leprosy. Elisha sent a messenger–a servant–to tell Naaman to go wash himself seven times and he would be healed.

That's not what Naaman expected. He got mad, wanting Elisha to perform a great miracle. "If he had said some mighty thing, I would have done it," Naaman thought. Elisha hadn't even bothered to tell him in person, but had sent a servant. A mere servant.

Eventually, Naaman reconsidered, and went to wash seven times in the river Jordan. His flesh became clean. He returned to give thanks to Elisha and his God.

Sometimes in our complex lives we expect the solutions to our problems to also be complicated, but they often are not. We just have to find simple solutions. One such simple solution is to always have gratitude in our hearts, even for the complexities all around us.

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