Monthly Archives: June 2015

8 disruptive leadership capabilities

A few months ago, I attended a workshop that examined the issue of leadership for change: integrating sustainability into an institution’s core mission and transforming organizational identity, culture and processes to enable change. It was delivered by Leith Sharp, director of executive education for sustainability leadership at Harvard University’s Center for Health and the Global Environment. She has 20 years’ experience greening universities all over the world and is the one-woman sustainability machine behind Harvard University’s green transformation. Sharp suggests that what’s really

Tell us, what makes you so special?

In the noisy, unstructured sustainability jobs market where recruiters and hiring managers are suffering from information fatigue – CVs, LinkedIn profiles, internal job application forms, bios, Twitter feeds and references – how can a jobseeker standout? Simple: Don’t dazzle hiring managers with facts and figures. Instead, entice them with a good story, just like sustainability practitioners have to do with their stakeholders. Narratives are what spark the imagination, weaving themes out of facts in a prose that’s readable, relatable and

Make time to become a great mentor

As sustainability professionals, we’re always telling people why doing good is good for business. But sometimes we forget that the same logic applies in our own lives too: doing good is good for our careers. Through mentoring others we can enhance our own job satisfaction and invigorate our sense of impact, we can advance our own personal development by honing our listening and interpersonal skills, and we can benefit the organisations we work for by opening to new insights and

6 current trends in sustainability hiring

From recruiters to academics to consultants to businesses, the message is clear: sustainability is growing, it’s professionalizing and it’s becoming embedded in to core business practice. The only way is up! Core Business That said, there are some key growth areas that sustainability jobseekers will want to take note of. As the link between commercial performance and sustainability become more closely proven and accepted, sustainability related roles in non ‘sustainability’ functions will increase. A particular focus is likely to be

Flatter, flirt, get real, & leave them wanting more

I’ve been talking to my clients a lot lately about how looking for your dream job is a lot like dating; after all, love and a satisfying career are two of the most sought after and yet elusive concepts there are. To be successful in either requires self-reflection, empathy, and confidence. You have to know yourself and your audience in order to find the right fit. Keeping with this line of logic, the one-page job proposal plays the role of the love letter

Get what you want out of a mid-career transformation

A big part of my day is spent advising people with established skill sets and extensive experience on how to transition out of their safe, stable roles and into something that aligns more closely with their personal ethics. Corporate responsibility and sustainability are invigorating spaces to work in. New, constantly evolving, varied, dynamic, game-changing, planet-saving and respectably remunerated. It’s the place to be for people who want to live their values without swapping their Birkin for Birkenstocks (OK, well, maybe not