January isn’t the ideal time for resolutions. After all, it’s dark and cold (in the U.K. at least) and really I just want to snuggle down in an armchair with a hot chocolate and forget about my expired gym membership.
Topics: Coaching & Training
I’ve recently been experimenting with appreciative inquiry at work and have been struck by how complimentary it is with co-active coaching and my ongoing search for a form of leadership that can champion a more sustainable world.
Last year, the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) published a position statement identifying a lack of awareness and understanding of sustainability in the business arena that will hold the UK back from being internationally competitive.
It’s Earth Day on 22 April. It’s a strange concept really isn’t it, that there is one day in the year when we celebrate the Earth? Given it chimes with ‘birthday’ it makes some sense that it’s annual, perhaps. But imagine if we did this every …..single……. day. It wouldn’t need to involve lavish parties and ceremonies in the woods, just a collective appreciation for our one planet and its finite resources as we go about our daily lives.
Karen and Henry Kimsey-House start their new book, Co-Active Leadership, with a chapter on "the leader within," in my opinion, the most important and possibly uncomfortable element of their leadership model. It’s a refreshing text because we’re finally freed from the common belief that leaders need to be certain people with particular traits and qualities. What a relief to know that there is a leader in all of us and this does not have to be manifested on a podium or pedestal.
In pondering the subject for this blog, I considered many subjects, but sitting here in the UK one issue refuses to leave my mind and I feel compelled to write about it here: the refugee crisis.
In the sustainability field, there is plenty of talk about the "well-being of the planet" and "community well-being." But, unlike the coaching field, less attention is paid to individual well-being and the notion that a healthy happy person is more likely to apply the same principles for life to the wider world.
PwC’s 18th annual global survey of CEOs, recently released to coincide with the opening of the World Economic Forum in Davos, failed to ask business leaders if they were concerned about climate change because of their lack of interest in the subject the year before. At a time when action on climate change is more imperative than ever, this is depressing if not alarming.
Our planet (our home) is in trouble, there is little dispute. Freshwater is becoming ever scarcer, wildlife populations have declined exponentially since the 70s and the burning of fossil fuels is having horrific impacts on the environment.