Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates

Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community--How One Family Business Transformed Itself ... Using Sustainable Management Practices ➥ [Ebook] ➠ Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community--How One Family Business Transformed Itself ... Using Sustainable Management Practices By Martin Melaver ➯ – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk The economic crash of late is just the latest evidence of the truth that many have known for so long that too much of our modern economy is based on a house of cards We need businesses that not only The the Store: Building a Kindle - economic crash of lateis just the the Store: eBook ↠ latest evidence of the truth that many have Living Above Epub / known for so long that too much of our modern economy is based on a house Above the Store: eBook ↠ of cards We need businesses that not only factor their impact on people and places into their equations for success but also strive to restore the communities and environments in which they operate How can this be done In Living Above the Store, Martin Melaver provides a roadmap for creating such a business It s not only a how to but a why to that challenges business as usual to change Living Above the Store brings us into the story of Melaver, Inc a third generation,year old family real estate business, as it evolves toward becoming a thought and product leader in sustainable business practices It is part business management theory and part case study, where sustainable principles meet sustainable practices, always grounded in day to day practice Living Above the Store demonstrates how to Adopt a business model that provides for economic success while contributing to society and the environmentShape a business culture that is restorative to a workforce by helping employees realize their highest potentialLeverage an ethos within a business that ripples outward to foster restoration of both land and communityEmbrace a notion of limits to growthReframe ideas about competition, proprietary knowledge, and business success, Living Above the Store is for readers who care about issues of community and sustainability as well as for those who want to learn about how a socially responsible business can first redefine, and then find, success.


10 thoughts on “Living Above the Store: Building a Business That Creates Value, Inspires Change, and Restores Land and Community--How One Family Business Transformed Itself ... Using Sustainable Management Practices

  1. Steve Puma Steve Puma says:

    Martin Melaver, author of the new book, Living Above the Store, is something of a rarity for an author of a sustainable business text someone who actually has decades of experience doing the work to create a socially responsible business Which is very lucky for us, because while many books claim to be able to teach us how to do it, very few can do so with the wisdom of experience on their side The result is an honest and forthright look at what it really takes for shape and maintain values ba Martin Melaver, author of the new book, Living Above the Store, is something of a rarity for an author of a sustainable business text someone who actually has decades of experience doing the work to create a socially responsible business Which is very lucky for us, because while many books claim to be able to teach us how to do it, very few can do so with the wisdom of experience on their side The result is an honest and forthright look at what it really takes for shape and maintain values based business in a very traditional industry.Melaver is CEO of Melaver, Inc a third generation, family owned company based in Savannah, Georgia Through a series of personal anecdotes, Melaver explains, in detail, how a small corner grocery store evolved into a major regional chain, eventually transforming itself into a real estate company focused on sustainable development and management The fact that this happened was not by accident all along its seventy year history, the company chose to pursue a values based path, even when it meant making difficult choices.The book tends to falter somewhat as Melaver attempts to weave in technical sustainability teachings alongside his anecdotes Anyone who has read a good cross section of the available literature on sustainability will find nothing new here Melaver does not strive to be the next Paul Hawken or WIlliam McDonough He is not trying to cover new ground or re invent the wheel If anything, Melaver attempts to show that the idea of operating sustainably is nothing new, and connects the corporate initiatives of the present with historical practices Unfortunately, the eloquent writing style that works so well when telling a story about 1950s racial issues does lend itself to explaining the how to use a Restorative Process Map What follows is usually a lengthy philosophical debate about the merits of one guru s viewpoint over another This is not all bad, by any means It merely tends to muddy the waters a bit, and detract from Melaver s shoot from the hip, no baloney style.Despite its limitations, Living Above the Store has some really great information Among my favorites are His in depth look of how and why a business should take stock of its local ecology and its place within that ecology Melaver provides both historical and business context for the importance of taking stock, and offers good examples of how to go about it His discussion of the merits and limitations of a Triple Bottom Line approach A financial bottom line is quantitative and can be captured as a moment in time Contrast that with social and environmental metrics, which are partly qualitative in nature and are best measured over a time continuum Instead of speaking about a bottom line, I would suggest an alternative nomenclature, one about three performance organizers 3 PO financial performance, environmental impact, and social consequences He the goes on to demonstrate what this might look like His example of the company s use of a Hall Tonna Survey of Values to track how it s values have shifted over the years I d never heard of this tool before, but it seems very powerful It enables a company to determine how it is trending around certain values It enables a company to determine how it is trending and to evaluate the counter trends creating inherent tensions Fundamentally it enables a company to answer a critical question what is it we collectively care about The company s limits to growth chart showing exactly how the company decides which projects to build or reject A simple, but very effective tool.Melaver s overriding themes are that running a truly sustainable business requires a whole systems approach, and is an ongoing process of change This is a message that needs to be heard loud and clear at businesses everywhere.Overall, Living Above the Store is a book that is well worth your time and money and a great addition to your sustainability library.Have you read it yet Tell us what you think in the comments


  2. Kathy Kathy says:

    interesting book although a bit of a slow read on how to foster meaning into your work How a firm CAN stick to its principles and succeed and promote individuality in its members I m currently not working outside the home, but it s hopeful reading and information I hope will stick in my head as I begin work in the next few years.


  3. Theodore Kinni Theodore Kinni says:

    Clearly a heart felt inquiry into sustainable business practices by the CEO of a third generation, family owned real estate company based in Savannah.


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