What’s this regenerative thinking that you talk about?

Regenerative thinking is about designing the win/win/win solutions that build profits, benefit communities and regenerate ecosystems.  It’s about learning to do leverage ‘the magic of AND’ and responding profitably and effectively to the increased market expectations of the 21st century.

Leadership expert Stephen Covey talked a lot about win/win strategy and beginning with the end in mind.  Regenerative thinking applies this to doing business sustainably for the long term.

There’s a deep knowledge base that has been developing since the 1970 (at least) on how to deliver valuable, profitable products and services in ways that renew communities and regenerate ecosystems.  There is a growing range of renewable innovations available and while they can seem complex, there are straightforward fundamental principles that anybody can grasp.


I don’t believe in Climate Change, so why would I talk to you?

Whether or not you believe in climate change (or peak oil, or global warming, or peak phosphate, or the cost of lost biodiversity) is becoming increasingly irrelevant in the face of the emerging bioscience revolution.  We find it more relevant to ask:

  • Are you oriented for success in a world where change is a way of life and the rate of change is accelerating?
  • Are you scanning for the indicators of where cultural and technological change is coming from and looking for the opportunities that change will bring?
  • Do you and your organisation have the capabilities to surf the waves of change and adapt to them, or will they wipe you out as they roll in?

We assess that what really matters about environmental sustainability concerns is the emerging tsunami of technological and business delivery innovation that they have generated over the past 3 decades.

You don’t have to ‘believe’ the issues – but if you ignore their consequences, you could end up in the same place as video stores and vinyl record manufacturers.  There’s much more to regenerative business than Corporate Social Responsibility, obligation and efficiency.


Why are you called Balance3?

Actually, the idea for the business name is Balance3  as in:

balance * balance * balance

We believe that developing these three forms of balance (skill) can substantially multiply  one’s capability to make a difference in the world:

  • Personal balance and effectiveness
  • Innovation delivery effectiveness
  • Global balance and effectiveness

The multiplier effect means that just a bit more personal balance, a bit more operational balance and a bit more global balance can make a significant difference to your results in living. But “Balance Cubed” seems to confuse more people than it helps at the moment.


You seem to cover three very different subject matter areas – why?

  1. Regenerative thinking lifts the bar of business design – it’s about thinking beyond traditional products and services to develop new business models that deliver value, not just products and services.   The fundamental design proposition is DESIGN TO DO MORE GOOD.
    We have decades of experience in manufacturing, distribution and the supply chain –  this is the foundation of our expertise.  From our systems perspective, we have formed the assessment that regenerative business is the difference that is going to make the difference to our future sustainability and prosperity.
    We assess governments and consumers to be secondary influencers on business strategy and business operation – we believe in going to the source with win/win/win offers too good to refuse.
    We understand traditional business supply chain design, and the constraints of their design principles, so we ‘speak business’ very differently from many mainstream sustainability advocates.
  2. New business models require skilled innovation delivery to implement them – and the influencing skills that  get a new practice successfully adopted by a specific company or community.
    Influencing and coordination were once considered ‘talents’ rather than skills.  One of the most exciting ‘technologies’ developed in recent decades has little to do with Silicon Valley – it’s the craft and technology of using language and leadership to generate action and engagement.
    These are now learnable skills that we teach in the context of sustainability entrepreneurship.
  3. Skilled change agents get people to WANT to do what needs to be done.  To foster innovation and keep doing it over the long term requires emotional intelligence – optimism, communication skill, empathy and influencing capability – as well as excellent time & task management.
    It’s a closed loop too – if you’re stressed, your physiology shuts down the best, most productive and creative parts of your brain.  If you’re not thinking and working well, you’ll get stuck in protective action rather than strategic action.We assess that sustainability advocates can’t afford NOT to be positive – that it’s as critical to develop this learnable skill as it is to develop technical expertise (or even more critical).
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Leigh is the principal of the business innovation practice Balance3 and her clients have included corporations such as Amcor, National Foods, Dair, SPC Ardmona, Kobelco, Corporate Express and New Balance as well as a range of smaller businesses and individual clients.