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Penny Walker Eabis08 Organisational Leader Or Part Of A Wider Change

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Penny Walker Eabis08 Organisational Leader Or Part Of A Wider Change

  1. 1. Organisational leader or part of a wider change movement? How change agents see themselves. Penny Walker EABIS Colloquium 2008
  2. 2. Aims <ul><li>Share some observations </li></ul><ul><li>Make suggestions about their significance </li></ul><ul><li>Enquire into your own experience </li></ul><ul><li>Share practical implications </li></ul><ul><li>Signpost further reading </li></ul>
  3. 3. Observations <ul><li>Organisational change agents for sustainable development see themselves as in the service of a bigger goal. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why are you involved in sustainable development? <ul><li>One top reason: </li></ul><ul><li>It’s the only logical thing to do, given the impact of the way we’ve done things up to now. (27%) </li></ul><ul><li>To ‘save the planet.’ (25%) </li></ul><ul><li>Three other reasons </li></ul><ul><li>To help people in the future have better lives, by working for social justice / fairer use of resources / human rights / maintaining eco-system services. (58%) </li></ul><ul><li>To help people now have better lives …. (46%) </li></ul><ul><li>To bridge the gap between my personal values / lifestyle, and values / activities at work. (44%) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Observations <ul><li>Organisational change agents for sustainable development see themselves as in the service of a bigger goal. </li></ul><ul><li>They believe that for society to move onto a sustainable development trajectory, a very great deal of change is needed. </li></ul>
  6. 6. How much change is needed?
  7. 7. Observations <ul><li>Organisational change agents for sustainable development see themselves as in the service of a bigger goal. </li></ul><ul><li>They believe that for society to move onto a sustainable development trajectory, a very great deal of change is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>From time to time, the challenge is overwhelming. </li></ul>
  8. 8. From time to time, it’s overwhelming
  9. 9. And it’s hard to stay optimistic
  10. 10. Observations <ul><li>Organisational change agents for sustainable development see themselves as in the service of a bigger goal. </li></ul><ul><li>They believe that for society to move onto a sustainable development trajectory, a very great deal of change is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>From time to time, the challenge is overwhelming. </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst they agree that sharing their positive feelings in a work situation makes them more effective, they are divided about the way they should manage their negative feelings. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Views about sharing feelings
  12. 12. Observations <ul><li>Organisational change agents for sustainable development see themselves as in the service of a bigger goal. </li></ul><ul><li>They believe that for society to move onto a sustainable development trajectory, a very great deal of change is needed. </li></ul><ul><li>From time to time, the challenge is overwhelming. </li></ul><ul><li>Whilst they agree that sharing their positive feelings in a work situation makes them more effective, they are divided about the way they should manage their negative feelings. </li></ul><ul><li>So it ‘leaks out’ in conversations ‘at the margins’. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Leaking out at the margins <ul><li>“ Anyone else feel like packing it in and going to the pub?” </li></ul>
  14. 14. Significance? <ul><li>Organisational agency </li></ul><ul><li>Eco-doom at work? </li></ul><ul><li>Values in conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Who am I working for? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Your experience <ul><li>Does this echo your own experience? </li></ul><ul><li>In your experience, how do SD change agents see themselves? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you experienced these tensions? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you do, to manage negative emotions related to the scale of the wider societal challenge? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Practical implications <ul><li>We need to get better informed and skilful about the emotional journey. </li></ul><ul><li>Importance of safe spaces with high trust, to enable sharing. </li></ul><ul><li>We can equip ourselves - coaching, action learning, tools. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Further reading <ul><li>See references in the paper. </li></ul><ul><li>Your own suggestions for reading and experiential learning? </li></ul>

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