Promethean: Agents of Change

Agents of change.

Be greater than average. Be an agent of change. Be the solution. Be Promethean.

How many times have we passed someone in distress only to pass them by in the hopes that someone else would arrive, perhaps better qualified or less pressed for time in that moment, to assist them. I am guilty of this, and I imagine most of us can remember at least a time or two this has happened.

And yet I stand behind the statements initiating this entry, for that is the reality of the culture we are creating at Promethean Biofuels.

We are not perfect. We do not need to be. In fact our imperfections contribute to our ability to find solutions to problems, whether they are implementing changes to our process to improve efficiency, or simply overcome the fact that individually moving 6 tons of butter every day quickly leads to exhaustion in humans.

We have problems. Some are more easily resolved than others.

We are a microcosm of the human condition and at times we lose sight of what is really important. We also lose sight of how much power we have as individuals to positively or negatively impact the lives of our families and neighbors, whether these impacts are ultimately realized in their level of happiness or the preservation of the environment that sustains us.

We strive to overcome our imperfections. Those we cannot overcome we at least do our best to understand.

We work really hard to make the world a better place. We work as a team. Understanding our strengths and weaknesses, and having the strength to inform those around us, makes the team more effective and helps us achieve our desired goals.

We believe in what we do and the ultimate value of our products and services.

We are responsable and accountable.

We serve the community, intelligently, utilizing sustainable technologies.

I have the privilege of working with an amazing cadre of talented individuals. We are always seeking others to join us in our cause and approach, which I have outlined briefly above. I would love to hear from anyone out there that is interested in working together with Promethean.

As always, make it a better place.

Todd

Promethean growing pains: 2012

Every organization that survives the initial stages of growth goes through “growing pains”. The type and scope of the pain may vary, but generally they range from issues with internal communication, inconsistent adherence to quality controls or other corporate policies, and consequently an increase in the number of events in direct correspondence to lower levels of customer and team satisfaction . As the pace of business increases, the likelihood of these newly emerging issues manifesting themselves becomes inevitable, often necessitating changes in personnel, corporate culture, and the addition of increasingly stringent controls.

At Promethean we find ourselves experiencing more pain, and we are preparing ourselves for rapid growth. At the same time I realize that we are walking a fine line; we are skirting the edge of greatness and oblivion at the same time.

Two weeks after hosting a very successful conference we are in the midst of a paradigm shift in our culture and mode of operation. The next few months will determine our place in the rapidly maturing, but far from mature, California bio fuels market place. More importantly, the new technology few weeks will see the formation of the team that can take us from a small production plant placed somewhat counter-intuitively in the midst of southern California wine country to a readily recognized global market participant.

Those of us who have more than a few years under our belts in this industry know that it often seems as if we are on a roller coaster, with highs and lows that sometimes obfuscate the reality of how well, or how poorly, our individual enterprises are actually performing at any given moment. There are many that I count amongst my friends who will not have the same opportunity to experience the joys and pains that the next few years hold for those of us that continue to actively fight the good fight and produce our often under appreciated fuel. Many will go on to be agents of change in other industries.

Nothing is certain as it pertains to the future. For now we simply need to do our best to enjoy the ride.

Make it a better place.

Todd