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Jul 17th

How do you go about tackling those issues that seem to fall into the ‘too hard to do’ box, asks Virginia Merritt of Stanton Marris?

By Virginia Merritt, Management Today

How do you go about tackling those issues that seem to fall into the ‘too hard to do’ box, asks Virginia Merritt of Stanton Marris?
As business and economic interests increasingly seem to run against a tide of social, ethical and environmental pressures, tackling the really big issues that affect us all gets even harder. Issues such as sustainability, reducing waste, cutting carbon emissions or safety often get put in the ‘too hard to do’ box when you realise that it will involve herculean efforts to persuade and influence not only your employees, but also your stakeholders and partners in the supply chain, that it is the right thing to do.

Worthy visions such as zero waste or zero infections may express an aspiration and capture the imagination. But the reality is that these are elephant-sized tasks that only the brave (or mad) will take on as serious and achievable goals…

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