More about Stuff!


Several times over the past few months, I have written about the importance of being deliberate in how we use our resources. In particular, I’ve written about the importance of making sure we are clear about the impact of our purchases before we spend the money.

I feel that a great deal of the financial challenges we are facing come from habits that we (I include myself in this) have acquired. Too often, we buy things that don’t last (for instance how long are the Christmas gifts we give our kids around?). We are in the practice of everyone on our block individually buying tools that we rarely use, like a snow blower or a chain saw.

We are programmed to respond to the positioning of goods in retail stores so we leave with more than we intended to buy. The same is often true in grocery stores where we buy things that we don’t particularly need, but they seem interesting so we buy them.

Recently my wife brought to my attention a wonderful story about stuff. In fact, it’s called the story of stuff. It’s the best presentation that I have ever seen to help understand in a simple manner how our consumerism driven system works.

I highly recommend this to you, and I would appreciate any feedback you have after you have watched Annie Leonard and her story.

Until later,


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Author: Thomas White

Over the past thirty-five years, Thomas White has created and led private and public organizations that initiated breakthroughs in areas as diverse as computer software, publishing, printing, market research, leadership development and organizational change. The common ingredients in his success are simple. He looked beyond the limitations that others believed and found real solutions to needs that business leaders have. He attracted the best talent to translate these innovative solutions into practical products and services that were of high value to customers. He created cultures where people love what they do, work at their best and produce extraordinary results. In addition to his role as a business leader, Thomas has been a pioneer and inventor of technologies in the computer-networking field. He is a patent holder for innovations in business process and workflow technology. As part of his passion for educating others about the interface of human and computer systems, he was the co-author of “New Tools for New Times, The Workflow Paradigm”. He has also written articles for numerous publications. In 2001, he turned his attention from leading companies to supporting leadership teams in creating organizations of excellence. After many years of being a part of the machine of change, Thomas recognized that business is the most powerful force in the world. It has a major impact on public policy and governments everywhere. It is a key influence on how we use our resources and sets an example of the values that shape communities from local to global. He formed the consulting firm of Profoundly Simple to be a guide for exemplary leaders - leaders who wisely uses the power they are entrusted with to serve their constituencies first and themselves second; leaders who know that it is good business to treat people with respect, honor the environment and act with impeccable integrity – leaders who inspire greatness in those around them and by doing so create great organizations that are notable examples of success. Feeling the itch to get back into the game again, Thomas joined with two long time friends, to start the C-Suite Network. This network of business leaders offers an online network, events, services, and insights to its 500,000 member community. In addition, the C-Suite Network produces and distributes television and radio content to an audience of over 5M per month

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