There is a ground swell of interest amongst organisations in ‘going green’. The challenge for leaders is how to change habitual behaviour: their own and other people’s. While the arguments for going green may be compelling, they are not always sufficient to change behaviour. Without behaviour change organisations are in danger of creating a swath of ‘greenwash’ policies and little genuine green-minded behaviour. Leaders are more likely to be successful in achieving real change if they apply psychology, as well as issue directives.
Archive for December 2008
The recession is beginning to bite. Many organizations are facing predictions of falling sales. Leaders are having to make hard decisions about how and where to save money and cut costs. Under the intense pressure to do something fast, it is very easy for leaders to make quick, isolated obvious decisions i.e. to have a round of redundancies. Very few people like to have to do this, especially when unemployment is rising, but often feel they have no alternative. However alternatives are available, what they demand is a willingness to go beyond simple and obvious solutions and to call upon the wisdom and goodwill of the workforce. A leader who is willing to work appreciatively with his or her workforce in finding ways to survive and thrive in these challenging trading times will reap the benefit now and later.