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The Sustainability Manager

August 31, 2012 by Dr. Jon Warner in Readiness Recipes

The Sustainability Manager

Sustainability is all about making decisions that take care of people, assets and resources for the long term. In other words, sustainability is about the consequences of all of our decisions, and especially the non-trivial ones that have significant domino effects. The simple idea here is that the combined efforts of every individual can significantly assist in a number of ways, including helping to preserve, energy resources, plants and forests, water resources, land resources (and the capacity to produce food), clean air and consumables (by minimizing waste).  In so doing, we can have a positive impact on climate change, acid rain, deforestation, soil erosion, over-fishing, and water pollution and help to create a more natural equilibrium between man and our planet in the process. For leaders of all kinds, ways of working more sustainably can take many forms from reorganizing working conditions, changing work practices, using eco-friendly strategies of all kinds and utilizing green technologies to make adjustments.

Ingredients:Readiness Recipes

  • Ability to take initiative/responsibility
  • Big picture thinking ability
  • Business mindedness
  • Forward thinking skills
  • Integrity/ethical behavior
  • Managerial courage

Ingredients should be added, blended well and left to mature over time:

  • Ability to take initiative/responsibility: This refers to a manager’s ability to stand up and be counted on to find an appropriate solution and for taking the necessary action without any prompting.
  • Big picture thinking ability: This refers to a manager’s capacity to link specific events, tasks and actions in a wider perspective or pattern.
  • Business mindedness: This refers to a manager’s ability to assess the business or commercial impact of issues or challenges that might arise and react in an appropriate way.
  • Forward thinking skills: This refers to a manager’s capacity to think about the consequences of current actions and behavior and to prepare accordingly.
  • Integrity/ethical behavior: This refers to a manager’s relative honesty, integrity and ethical behavior in performing their work tasks and in dealing with other people.
  • Managerial courage: This refers to a manager’s ability to be prepared to speak and stand up for personal beliefs in order to pursue a course of action, even in the face of criticism or attack.
The Sustainability Manager has all of these ingredients; no substitutions or omissions can be made to the recipe.

“Readiness Recipes” is a new article series exploring 26 different kinds of managers A-Z and the key ingredients that each needs for success. Stay tuned for more recipes and thanks for reading!

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About Dr. Jon Warner

Dr. Jon Warner is a prolific author, management consultant and executive coach with over 25 years experience. He has an MBA and a PhD in Organizational Psychology. Jon can be reached at

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