CEO’s Corner

– INTERESTING READS –

Persistence

I’ve come back to this quote many times when things aren’t going as fast or the way I’d like them to: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan Press On! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.” -Calvin Coolidge.

Ecotone just received its first credit releases for our wetland mitigation bank which took over 7 seven years to bring to fruition. The perseverance award of the year has to go to Marie Brady, who shepherded this project through the morass of regulatory hurdles, of which there were many. Well done Marie!


The Obstacle is the Way

As we look ahead to 2021, I am grateful for your perseverance and dedication in navigating 2020 and finding inspiration in the roadblocks we faced.  The year that was 2020 reminded me of a book I read every night on my phone while attempting a crazy 550 mile mountain track through the Highlands of Scotland in 2015The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday.  I DNF’ed after day 6 but the book gave me great inspiration to keep going.  Times of crisis forces us to be creative to reach our goals – many of you managed to do just that.  2021 will provide us with new and difficult challenges for sure.  I look forward to facing them head on with you.



Vulnerability

During this period of relative solitude, I’ve started writing poetry for the first time in my life.  Most of it is shit.  Some of it is getting to marginally ok, maybe.  So I’ll make myself super uncomfortable and share one with everyone.  The point is this.  Sometimes when you make yourself vulnerable, put yourself out there, and take a risk, it can make a difference.  Maybe it’s your turn.

The Black Cloth

The wolf’s howl bounces,

Waking the spirits from their slumber.

The cold winter breeze rolls the velvet earth dressing. 

Deer perk to the replay clamoring off icy cliffs.

The invisible rules.

Quiet.  Listen and feel are in charge.

The brook gossips,

Grasses dance.

Reflecting globes peer into the night, 

A falling star, ushers another soul to its next move.

Yip yip yip.  Coyote rejoice.

The dance is ever flowing.

Unripe becomes ripe, without judgement.

Gaia sighs in, sighs out.  

The Grandfathers rejoice. 


Ecotone Beaver Food

This fall we’ve been getting reports of beaver colonizing many of our projects.  This is good.  Getting a good grade from the beaver means we’ve done our job.  Think about it – we reconnect the floodplain, slow the water down in many instances and plant lots of beaver food.  Here is a link to beaver at Bear Cabin Branch, a project we constructed in 2018, complete with video and soothing, meditative music.  More recently, beaver have colonized the North Creek project and Yellow Branch. 


Superman poses in bathroom stalls

During a recent Ecotone employee evaluation with a colleague, the subject of self-confidence came up.  It reminded me of a ted talk by Amy Cuddy  I watched four years ago.  I then used the simple techniques in this Ted Talk to turn my fear of public speaking (yes, I had a fear of public speaking)  into something I look forward to, relish, and enjoy.  Use your body to change your mental state- it’s free and it’s powerful.  I taught this technique to my daughter who used it just prior to her interview with Teach for America.  She got the job.  Fake it till you make it, Wonder Woman poses in your cubicle, Superman poses in the bathroom stall – it’s all here in this amazing ted talk that will make you want to stand up and clap at the end.


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