leadership

 

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.

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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?

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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 the audience with a piece of advice that clearly resonated with everyone the room, “If we want to be transformational,” she said, “we have to ready to transform ourselves.  This is something that is at the core of the important work I do with change leaders, and influenced much of our thinking throughout the rest of the conference.

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Life seems busier these days, doesn’t it? I call it the Q4 crunch: Organizations the world over are pouring over annual targets and firming up their budgets and strategies for the following 12 months, while for me and my job-seeker clients and readers, it’s a time to take stock and think about the position we’d like to be in when the leaves start to fall in 2017.

I’ve never been the sort of person to wait until New Year to reflect on the changes I want to adopt in my professional life, and this seems like as good a time as any to cast off the old and prepare for the new. So with that in mind, here are my top 10 good habits to build your career every day and help you achieve your career goals.

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Creating and marketing your personal brand is key to finding a new challenging job in sustainability. I can tell you where to start this process, which is actually very similar to dating. In order to differentiate yourself in the job market or the dating market, you need to develop strong personal brand that reflects the ‘authentic you.’

Here some pointers about how to do this for impact-related careers.

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Leadership or executive business coaching is a hot topic. Most executives want to hire a coach to help them perform better, but hold back because this idea isn’t embedded in business norms. According to a report from Stanford Business School, there is a stigma that executive coaching is “remedial,” as opposed to performance-enhancing. As a result, CSO’s are missing out on an important piece of their leadership development.

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As sustainability professionals we need to get better at practicing what we preach. It’s crucial to success and growth for leaders to ramp up diversity and inclusion tactics. In my work as a talent advisor and executive coach, I have noticed three simple steps to overcome this barrier and start building a more diversified workforce:

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