Personal Note | A Veteran’s Beginners Mind

As our new website is coming online, and a general refresh is happening with all things Native Capital, I was struck recently with a comment that came from one of my yoga instructors about the importance of having a Beginners Mind even if one is a “Veteran” in their life. I had at first brush this day thought about this as just applying to “work” and then quickly realized that for me it really applies to my entire life. 

This note of introduction is more personal in approach as I have been feeling my way through growth with this firm and its expansion. In looking at the first writing I did on the topic of SustainAble Business Development I was surprised to see that some of my first thoughts came back in 2008-2009. That was now some 10 years ago. My, time does fly.   

Back To The Concept ...

Having been in this field for some 15 years does mean that I am a Veteran. I could talk all day about all the things I have learned while serving in this arena that provide perspective and then make the way to daily action. What is refreshing though is to consider bringing my beginner’s mind to this Veteran status. 

The simple concept that resonated so strongly in my yoga teacher’s words was that it was important to not get hung up in what I thought I knew but to recall the energy and experience of growth that comes when I am learning new things. 

Knowledge is a great thing. Striking out and taking on the energy of being open to new possibilities is what gives life energy and bounce. To take the risk to be alive, and I mean fully alive, means today to me to embrace the energy of infinite possibilities. To have the courage to stand alongside the ever-expanding Universe and know that we all are part of this wonder is what drove me to act on my vision of possibilities now some 15 years ago. 

Innovation and new thinking is what drove me to start capturing my thoughts about how to approach business. I know that a part of the responsibility that comes with Corporate standing is to serve the world in a much larger way. It is because of all my experiences that the SustainAble Business formula came into being. 

Now, with all the expansion that is underway with Native Capital, I look forward to again expanding the manner that this formula is applied and how it evolves over the next 15 years. There is innovation and new thinking that comes with adding new people and perspectives to the party. I am looking forward to reporting progress with utilization of all of the component parts of our Formula and seeing where these concepts take the businesses – let’s include more people in the dance and see how we all evolve. 

Know that you too contain the energy of stars that that your voice is one our world needs to hear – you can sing loudly and off key – it does not matter. Just remember your voice is important and our world is less when your melody is not heard. What will your ideas be? 

-Wendy K. White Eagle

something more than chance

July 29, 2009 — Something more than chance pushes us forward. I sense this Spirit and energy. I simply embrace the awareness. I continue. These are probably the most challenging paragraphs I have ever written in my life. But, I knew they were coming. For some time I have been musing quietly about how to interact with the larger changes that are happening in our world. Since my focus is business, some of what exemplifies the emerging values now in play appear in my Company. But this is not really about my Company. Native Cap is only one of a myriad of organizations that strive to be the model for regenerative business.  

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sustainable?  just what in the world ...

September 9, 2010 — We are at the very point in time when a 400 year old age is dying and another is struggling to be born – a shifting of culture, science, society, and institutions enormously greater than the world has ever experienced. Ahead, the possibility of the regeneration of individuality, liberty, community, and ethics such as the world has never known, and a harmony with nature, with one another, and with the divine intelligence such as the world has never dreamed.   -Dee Ward Hock | Founder of VISA 

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August 15, 2011 — The intent of an individual, group, or business is of vital importance in their continued growth and development. Essentially this is the core of the entire business. In our Sustainable Business Formula we articulate definition of what sustainable business means to the firm. Native Capital describes the amount of intent needed as a component element to the fourth power.

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Sustainable Business

January 22, 2012 —  As we proceed through the formula above the next concept that requires definition is Procurement Diversity. As I have talked about previously, the main component of Intent is a value set that drives the whole equation. When considering Procurement Diversity there are aspects to keep in mind during the buying process. After all, what we buy says a whole lot about what we believe. As an example, just think for a moment about the rise in stature of the “Buy Local” movement. As the growth of that movement has risen so have the impact in local economies. Heck, now grocers are required to indicate where food comes from as you buy. This is impact based on buying power. 

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Shareholder Transparency

April 6, 2012 —  The ability to have solid optics when dealing with financial matters is critical these days. Why?  You don’t have to look much further back in history to see why this is imperative. The system - regulators, banks, and rating providers – was one that went unfettered to the point that it caused the financial contraction we are all living with right now.

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continual improvement + Ongoing change

July 29, 2015 — I remember back in the mid-1980’s reading an article that talked about the three C’s of that time. Those were – increasing Complexity, changing Competition, and ongoing Change. While the author of that article did not stick with me what did stick were those words on the page. Now some 30+ years later those words come back to me again. They make themselves known when I think of the title of this portion of my SustainAble Business Formula.

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