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The discipline of recovery: how working an hour less each day gets more done

Just over two years ago I took on the role of CEO for an environmental organisation that was in deep trouble and about to go under, writes Morag Watson. Today our turnover is nearly half a million, our financial backers trust … Continue reading

VUCADD: volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous and dramatically disrupted

But is [the current model of corporate social responsibility] any longer fit for purpose? A number of companies today highlight what they call their VUCA environment: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. I’d like to upgrade VUCA to VUCADD – and add … Continue reading

Smart leaders of tomorrow should themselves be the revolutionaries

An asymmetrical and activist world demands asymmetrical and activist leadership; public leaders should actively embrace complexity and dissent; transform old, rigid, super-tanker organisations into open and adaptive social movements; and make themselves vulnerable and accountable to the many, not the … Continue reading

Why we need to understand narcissism

Narcissists are divorced from the consequences of their judgements and actions, whenever these do not affect them directly. Other people (or the whole groups of other people) are seen not as others, like oneself, but as objects to be used. For … Continue reading

Everything is interconnected. Look after yourself.

Everything is interconnected. Gratitude improves sleep. Sleep reduces pain. Reduced pain improves your mood. Improved mood reduces anxiety, which improves focus and planning. Focus and planning help with decision making. Decision making further reduces anxiety and improves enjoyment. Enjoyment gives … Continue reading

Inspiration from John Muir

The Scottish naturalist, writer and environmental philosopher who founded the Sierra Club and promoted the formation of the US national park system never fails to inspire; here’s a beautiful short film shot in some of the most special places in Scotland.  

What are the highs and lows for leaders, strategists and change makers working on sustainability and social responsibility?

We believe that traditional approaches to leadership for sustainability and social responsibility don’t sufficiently recognise the complex reality and competing demands often faced by leaders. We want to support leaders to create real, effective and lasting change. That’s why we … Continue reading

Where has nature gone?

Scientists say that ‘nature,’ untouched by humans, is now almost entirely gone. ‘Implicit in much, if not all, modern environmental sentiment is the idea that the natural world has been despoiled by humans — and if we could just leave … Continue reading