Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose are at the heart of what motivates us. Sustainability uniquely delivers these elements.
Engagement is an individual’s sense of purpose and focused energy, evident to others in the display of personal initiative, adaptability, effort and persistence directed toward personal and organizational goals that embody a shared “higher purpose”.
Employee engagement for sustainability can enable change toward sustainability, predict organizational success, financial performance and employee outcomes such as retention and attraction. Research shows a "systems" approach to employee engagement for sustainability can be powerfully successful. When we connect with the Whole "thinking, feeling, willing, social self" - employees throughout the organization respond in surprising ways. Learn More about Whole Employee Engagement for Sustainability.
We have often heard it said that we are "creatures of habit" and changing these habits into "sustainable or green" habits will be next to impossible.
Watch our webinar where we examine the habit assertions of Charles Duhigg, author of "The Power of Habit – Why we do what we do in life and business". Duhigg argues that, while deeply ingrained, habits can be changed and there are effective ways to change them.
Using sustainability examples we will examine:
• how the brain works to establish and use habits in our daily lives
• the elements and workings of the "habit loop"
• the power of belief—and the importance of social groups in helping create belief for successful habit transformation
• how deliberate group leadership can shape the habits of organizations
• how keystone habits, at the center of our personal lives, are pivotal when it comes to larger organizations and how the greatest keystone habit of all: willpower can best be cultivated
• how social movements, such as sustainability, tend to follow a three-part process to establish new habits.
As Changemakers, we have a legitimate role in inspiring people, but in turn, we must be inspiring.
We sometimes tell ourselves that only charismatic people can be inspirational. But if we understand people’s worldviews and understand what is meaningful to them, we can tailor our program to reach these touchpoints. Depending on the "worldview" of our employees, the following "calls" can be effective.
The quality of an intervention is dependent on the interior state of the intervener,” Bill O’Brien, past CEO, Hanover Insurance.
So you might be asking – people can be inspired by sustainability initiatives, but how do I inspire others?
Baan, Long and Pearlman researched 40 inspirational leaders in sustainability. They showed that these sustainability leaders embody nine personal capacities:
Learn more in the courses: ON-DEMAND Facilitating Transformational Change toward Sustainability (Part I of II) and ON-Demand: Facilitating Transformational Change toward Sustainability (Part II of II)