In today’s world, how you do a job is just as important as what you do. This is especially true for those in positions of influence within the sustainability impact sector. Herding cats through a complex change process while maintaining the bottom line? You’re going to need super-human levels of focus, calm and empathy. Our ability to align our intellectual intelligence with our emotional intelligence defines our effectiveness as leaders. Businesses are waking up to this, and mindfulness is now
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Anyone can sign up for executive coaching, hand over the money and sit in on a series of sessions, but not everyone is “coachable.” If your mind is closed to exploring new insights about yourself and being challenged about your assumptions, you won’t be able to reap the real benefits. Executive coaching offers you a full, 360-degree view of your skill set, character and roadblocks — warts and all. It can be hard to hear, but at the end of the
People are business and people are what can and should ‘save the world’. That was my message at the Cambridge International Development Conference where we discussed the ethics of international development and business. In my speech on responsible business I put forward the five key skills that champions for sustainable development will need to be the change: People skills outside of silos Change leadership Systems thinking Partnership building Innovation Watch my video below and let me know if you agree.
Great performers and athletes rely on coaching support to focus their goals, plan their approach and eliminate inner blocks to success. The same holds true for executives wanting to deliver greater returns for their organisation. Visit our new Executive Coaching site for more information on our services, results, and clients.
An organization in the U.S. is teaching kids character. They’ve developed an educational framework for schools that supports the “social, emotional and ethical development of students.” Or, as Daniel Goleman would term it: emotional intelligence. Sounds odd though, right? When I was at school the idea of teaching character would have been laughed out of the classroom. Character was something that we were expected to acquire over time and accrue somewhere between the rocks and hard places of life. Challenging life
I once 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 needed is “disruptive
As hiring trends show that most roles are being filled internally, HR managers need new tricks to assess talent in the sustainability space. The key is to identify individuals who are already creating change and exhibiting leadership through disruptive innovation. But who are these people, and where can they be found? Defining Leadership & Sustainability As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others. – Bill Gates Before HR or sustainability hiring managers can
A week before our tumultuous Presidential election, I sat down for breakfast in a packed ballroom at the BSR 2016 BE BOLD conference in New York City. And though I don’t normally eat my breakfast surrounded by hundreds of other people, it was clear that I was surrounded by like-minded souls. Addressing a room filled by individuals focused on exploring new ways to use business and leadership to create a more sustainable world. Lindsay Levin, founder of Leaders Quest, left
In response to a recent article I wrote on making time to become a mentor, one former client wrote me to ask, “Ok that’s great, Shannon…but where do I go to get mentoring support?”
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