It’s is gratifying to see that my book is resonating with readers. I just read another book review from Corporate Citizenship. Thank you Mike Tuffrey for your review. I particularly liked this section:
“Top learnings for me from this compelling account are the crucial role that NGOs and campaigners play in spurring action, the vital importance of allies in the business to unlock internal barriers and – often understated – the personal character and tenacity of the chief sustainability officer (note the three Ps).”
I just had an in-depth interview with Joshua Spodek on his “Leadership and Environment” Podcast. It’s an hour long! I particularly enjoyed his serious question toward the end about what is transformative change. We may disagree. I couldn’t quite tell. For example, I said McDonald’s advocating and moving toward sustainable beef is awesome, a big undertaking, and transformative. I am sure there are those who argue McDonald’s shouldn’t serve beef, and that would be the better transformation. What do you think? The same with McDonald’s making the the Happy Meal healthier by adding fruit/yogurt, smaller fries, and soda no longer a default. Others would say that is incremental: why not go organic, or veggie only?
In the interview, I talk about sustainability nirvana as a negative force. Most companies are not going to change overnight to a state of perfection (which varies in the eyes of each stakeholder anyway). I say, why not embrace small and big changes along the way?
Joshua, thanks for drawing out from me my best thinking and challenging me on many topics!
I am so thrilled that my daughter wrote a very uplifting note about my book on Facebook. I copied it below. Having Laura know more about what I did makes my book even more special to me. And she liked it! She also did a review on GoodReads. Thanks so much, Laura.
Many already know, but my dad Bob Langert wrote a book, and I am SO, incredibly proud of him! It’s a book about the work he did at McDonald’s heading up their Corporate Social Responsibility group. I knew a lot of the work he did from what he would tell us at our family dinners and such, but reading his book made me have such a deeper appreciation for what he was doing back then, and the impact he made “battling” everyday to do good for the world!! If anyone is interested in the topic at all, I HIGHLY recommend reading it. (I will happily buy/send anyone a book – just DM me). It’s worth the read, I promise! If not, I will let you know when his TED talk is for you to listen in the coming months (for real!!)
Marty Wolff was a fun interview. He read my book, so that really helped with the interview quality and depth. Marty is from Pittsburgh and we kidded around before the tape rolled about how I felt like I was talking to someone from Chicago in talking with him. Marty’s podcast is called the Business Builders Show and covers leadership topics for business.
Really thrilled that the National Student organization (based in the UK) wrote a very thorough review of my book. What I really like is that it is written by a student, my ideal target audience. And she like the book! I could tell she had read the book and thought about every thing deeply. I really appreciated the review. Here is one excerpt which refers to getting beyond the “faceless companies.” I really wanted to show people through my book the real world on inside a company.
“If you want to read something that will leave you with a great deal to think about regarding something you thought you knew, namely what seemingly ‘faceless companies’ think and do behind the scenes, this is one for you.This is an inspiring story of one man and his noble intentions as well as plenty to learn and take away, regardless of what you do or if you aspire to own a business.”