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What sustainability leaders can learn from treasure hunters

Is sustainability leadership like a treasure hunt? Initially, I didn’t think so, as these two concepts have different characteristics. Treasures generally don’t move, while sustainability is an ever-moving target. Treasures are usually quite tangible and concrete, making it easier to… Continue Reading

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Al Gore’s call: be inconvenient to drive positive change

Just over 10 years after the award-winning documentary film An Inconvenient Truth, Al Gore is back with a new film. I am very grateful that Triodos bank invited me to the screening of Al Gore’s new documentary film, An Inconvenient Sequel:… Continue Reading

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Empowering talent to tackle humanity’s challenges

Meet Annick Schmeddes, the founder of Sustainable Talent, the leading sustainable career agency in the Netherlands. Early 2016, she led a workshop for Nyenrode alumni and we’ve kept in touch since. As talent increasingly includes sustainability performance as a factor in deciding… Continue Reading

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Why change is all about curves, choices and chaos

Meet Rob Wetzels, an inspiring and highly dedicated coach, teacher, and expert on sustainable development. Rob and I met on the day he retired from Nyenrode’s Center for Sustainability. It was odd that we’d not before, but since then, we –… Continue Reading

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Inspiring action before the flood

Watching movies or documentaries about sustainability by yourself can be quite daunting or even depressing. Nyenrode’s Alumni Circle for Sustainability organizes events in the Netherlands to bring people together to share insights and discuss sustainability topics. So on March 21, 2017,… Continue Reading

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Navigating the sustainability manager’s roles

In November 2016, I attended the book launch for “MVO doe je zo”“, which roughly translates into “How to get far with CSR” in English. It is written by Carola Wijdoogen, Director of Sustainable Business at the Dutch Railways. After… Continue Reading

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Reinventing organizations for purpose

Early July, I had the opportunity to be part of a group of trainers for a full day workshop at Nyenrode Business University. The focus of the day was on so-called teal organizations and new ways of working, inspired by… Continue Reading

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Key steps to integrate sustainability into your career

Looking for top tips on how to make your next career move more sustainable? Here are the key pointers from a workshop I organized at Nyenrode University. The workshop was expertly led by Annick Schmeddes, founder of sustainable career agency Sustainable Talent. Create you… Continue Reading

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Don’t just do something, stand there

Meet André Nijhof, Professor Sustainable Business and Stewardship at Nyenrode Business University. I interviewed André in the restaurant for faculty and execs, in which I worked many hours during my own time at Nyenrode. Here’s what he shared about his… Continue Reading

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Simon (Sinek) Says “Start with Why”

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to read more from my huge pile of non fiction books before it buries me. And with 2016 as my year of positive change, I thought Start with Why by Simon Sinek would be an… Continue Reading