SAVING THE WORLD, ONE LONG-LUNCH AT A TIME
Anita Sharpe on Making a Difference
One of our readers, Rick Gove, posted a comment I want to highlight, because he's right:
'I guess it's OK to do good (and well) and be stuffy, self-righteous and controlling, but my favorite companies make a point to have fun. Long lunches, unanticipated time off and just plain silliness make Jack and Jane not-so-dull and productive employees. And they, as well as the company's products/actions, have an effect on the world around them.
'I propose that turning fun and/or funny employees loose on the world is supremely socially responsible. I say let's examine companies for a funny bone. No funny bone, no 'good company' award. Is that humerus?'
Maybe it's because I have tea on my mind after writing about Seth Goldman, but this reminded me of something entrepreneur Mel Ziegler (who also founded Banana-Republic) wrote in his book The Republic of Tea about launching a company of the same name: '. . .we will not simply yield to the winds and become yet another socially responsible business in the same mold -- social action, cause marketing, etc. For us, it's not about changing the planet. It's about changing ourselves, counting on the fact that if we as individuals truly change, sooner or later our planet must change with us.'