By Lawrence D. Sloan, SOCMA President & CEO
With the current gridlock surrounding almost any issue you can think of on Capitol Hill, it’s refreshing to see that a collaborative spirit still exists in at least one of our top regulatory officials – EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. By her own admission, McCarthy loves to engage directly with stakeholders and appreciates the frank dialogue she has received in her meetings with SOCMA. Similarly, our members are pleased to hear that their concerns regarding key regulatory issues are not falling on deaf ears.
McCarthy, who was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in July to head the EPA, graciously took time from her busy schedule to address SOCMA’s Environment Committee during our annual Committee Week meetings. This was the first time we’ve had the head of an agency the size of EPA speak with one of our committees, but it is not the first time McCarthy has visited with SOCMA. She first addressed our Environment Committee in November 2012 in her previous role as head of EPA’s Office of Air...
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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke to SOCMA's Environment Committee this morning as part of the association's annual Committee Week activities. She discussed key priorities for her administration in the coming year, which includes the President's Climate Action Plan. She also touched on issues impacting the chemical industry and her desire to collaborate more with the industry and other stakeholders on issues of mutual interest.
By Patrick Ropella, Chairman & CEO, Ropella –
Wherever you look, you see problems. You see trends and events that can have significant impacts on your business. You see risks…and you’re not the only one seeing these things, so are all the people in your organization. Now it’s up to you to keep your head on straight and provide the vision and leadership your organization needs to manage the risks, deal with the uncertainty, and continue to prosper for years to come. Here are a few suggestions to help you:
Take Stock of Your Situation
Franklin Delano Roosevelt once said “we have nothing to fear, but fear itself.” But left unchecked, fear leads to disastrous consequences. In the absence of information, people will invent data. It often starts around the water cooler (or these days on e-mail). One person suggests his ideas about how the company will react to some issue (and as human beings we tend to take very pessimistic guesses). These suppositions quickly become rumors. The rumors become unspoken truths, and suddenly people in your organization are basing their decisions and actions on false data. And if the data is negative enough, attrition of your top talent is likely t...
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