Green Recovery: Get Lean, Get Smart, and Emerge from the Downturn on Top

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Harvard Business Press, Aug 17, 2009 - Business & Economics - 200 pages
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When the economy turns rough, many companies sideline their green business initiatives. That's a big mistake. In Green Recovery, Andrew Winston shows that no company can afford to wait for the downturn to ease before going green.

Green initiatives ratchet up your company's resource efficiency, creativity, and employee motivation. They save energy, waste, and money, preserving precious capital-and give precise focus to your innovation efforts and strategic priorities.

Part manifesto and part how-to guide, this concise and engaging book provides a road map for using green initiatives to deliver short-term gains and position your company for long-term strategic growth. You'll discover how to:

-Get lean: Amp up your energy and resource efficiency to survive tough times

-Get smart: Use environmental data about products and supply chains for competitive advantage

-Get creative: Rejuvenate your innovation efforts by asking heretical questions such as "How might we operate with no fossil fuels?"

-Get going: Engage and excite employees to solve the company's, the customer's, and the world's environmental challenges


Green Recovery is your guide to establishing your competitive positioning in difficult times and emerging even stronger into a vastly changed economy.

 

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Contents

The Green Wave in Tight Times
19
Get Lean
45
Get Smart
83
Get Creative
107
Get Your People Engaged
141
Survival Relevance and Advantage
165
Acknowledgments
179
Index
185
About the Author
193
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Andrew Winston advises many of the world's largest companies on how to profit from environmental thinking. A globally recognized expert on green business, he is coauthor of the bestseller Green to Gold. Andrew's earlier career included corporate strategy at Boston Consulting Group and management positions at Time Warner and MTV.

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