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Leading Change Toward Sustainability: A Change-Management Guide for Business, Government and Civil Society [Hardcover]

Bob Doppelt
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August 2003
Although an increasing number of organisations have embraced the idea of sustainability in the last decade, why do so many initiatives fail, leading to wasted resources, frustration and cynicism? Why have so few organisations successfully adopted more sustainable policies or practices? And when they do get launched, why do so many efforts plateau after a short time and fail to ascend to the next level of excellence? What process is required to create change within organisations to move them towards sustainability? Because so few resources are available to answer these questions, Bob Doppelt spent three years researching how the leaders of both private and public organisations that have initiated and sustained significant sustainability programmes designed and approached them. His findings, presented in this hugely readable book, will demystify the sustainability-change process by providing a theoretical framework and a methodology that managers can use to successfully transform their organisations to embrace sustainable development. According to Doppelt, discussions about what to do-which new technologies and policy instruments to apply-have dominated the public dialogue on sustainability. Practitioners place comparatively little emphasis on how organisations can change their internal thought processes, assumptions and ingrained behaviours to embrace new tools and techniques. Organisational and cultural change is the key missing ingredient in the operationalisation of sustainable development. Without such change, sustainability efforts usually stall soon after they begin or fail outright. Changing organisational culture requires interventions in two key areas: First, the governance system of the organisation must be altered. A majority of organisations today hold a mechanistic, autocratic view of governance. In contrast, organisations that have made the most progress toward sustainability view all of their internal members, as well as external stakeholders, as vital parts of an interdependent system. In the leading sustainability organisations, these beliefs engender a skilful distribution of information, power and wealth among employees and stakeholders because managers realise that all of the parts of the organisational system must feel valued and be meaningfully involved for these higher purposes to be achieved. Transforming systems of governance to acheive these results requires seven core interventions. Each intervention builds on and reinforces the others. Part II of the book describes these interventions and how the leading organisations employ them to establish an enduring systems approach to change. The second intervention is leadership. Organisations that develop effective governance systems typically have good leadership. Effective sustainability leaders have the ability to keep their organisation focused on achieving its higher mission while simultaneously managing numerous, sometimes contradictory, streams of activity. Savvy leaders can inspire and mobilise employees and stakeholders to embrace change as an exciting opportunity to learn. In the exemplary organisations, this style of leadership pervades not only top management, but also most levels of the enterprise. Doppelt found that, when an organisation has an effective governance system and effective, forward-looking leadership, it is much more likely to be able to marshal the tremendous forces required to transform its culture and successfully adopt sustainability-based thinking, values and behaviours. When an organisation lacks an effective governance system or sufficient leadership, its culture will remain static and the adoption of a more sustainable path will be stymied, no matter what type of new technologies are adopted, quality-control tools are used, or consultants are hired. Crammed with case examples, interviews and checklists on how to move corporate and governmental cultures toward sustainability, the book argues that the key factors that facilitate change consistently appear in the ongoing and successful (but incomplete) efforts Doppelt examined at companies such as Nike, Starbucks, IKEA, Chiquita, Interface, Swisscom and Norm Thompson and in governmental efforts such as those in the Netherlands and Santa Monica in California. For these and other cutting-edge organisations, leading change is a philosophy for success. In fact, in many ways Leading Change toward Sustainability is just a restatement of what their leaders already know and do.

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Based on a study of practices at firms like Interface, Herman Miller, Patagonia, Collins Companies, Chiquita, Xerox and Starbucks, this book serves both as a primer and study of the cutting edge. (4/5) Business Ethics, Fall 2003 Anyone involved in a business or agency that wants to transform itself into a better environmental citizen would do well to read this book. Earth Justice, Winter 2004 Starting from a seldom-discussed reality - that some sustainability initiatives simply fail ... his findings are presented in the form of a theoretical framework and methodology that can be used by managers to help their organizations embrace sustainable development. UNEP Industry and Environment, Oct-Dec 2003 This book is a really useful read for those leading or indeed aspiring to lead change to sustainability in organizations worldwide ... Read it and you can make a difference. Consultnet, April 2004 ... represents a comprehensive and passionate attempt to demonstrate that embracing sustainability is the only way, though not necessarily the easiest, for both humanity and the environment to escape a bleak future. Natural Resources Forum, August 2004 Doppelt takes an honest and insightful look at the complexity involved in striving for sustainability, using numerous real-life examples of organizations that are both succeeding and failing in their efforts. ... Even though the book describes complex and high-level concepts about change management, Doppelt provides the reader with many tangible, practical tips and tools for implementation, such as appendices of organizational assessment exercises to use in your organization. His approaches involve a healthy dose of common sense but are not overly obvious ... Many change-management recommendations made in this book are not unique to sustainability. I found the chapter relating to vision to be particularly effective in explaining an abstract and difficult concept. His comments about the importance of persuasive and attention-grabbing communication tactics were equally insightful. Because of Doppelt's holistic and comprehensive approach toward sustainability-change management, I believe this book is appropriate for all who are considering sustainability initiatives or currently struggling with sustainability policies. In fact, Doppelt's insights are universal enough to benefit anyone who is interested in learning more about effective methods to manage and measure all types of organizational change. -- Connette Gayle onPhilanthropy, 12 May 2003 The Industrial Revolution has led to a host of modern advances; affordable energy, rapid transportation, fast, low-cost automated production and advanced information systems. However, with these we have also inherited a legacy of environmental and social problems. Most business leaders would not disagree that achieving a complete sustainable business is a colossal task. However, leaders with the vision to see the issues as opportunities rather than problems stand to gain the most in the pursuit of sustainability. Providing the first in-depth explanation of how to involve people in sustainability, Bob Doppelt has brought order to a difficult and often messy area of business strategy. He reflects on the relationship between vision, leadership and change and demonstrates the secrets of successful corporations. Using case studies from Nike to the Netherlands he highlights the reasons why many sustainability strategies are doomed to fail simply by their lack of vision. Vision statements which just aim to minimise environmental waste or act in compliance with the law are backward and negative, Doppelt claims. Real sustainability can only be achieved when processes themselves are socially and ecologically beneficial in the first place. Furthermore, Doppelt dares to peek beyond sustainability at a new, enhanced business landscape where we manage totally safe and positive places in which to work. The book firstly demystifies many issues by providing a theoretical discussion of which new technologies and policy instruments to apply. It then gives a practical methodology to transform business with topics on: * Changing the dominant mind-set * Rearranging the system by organising transition teams * Creating an ideal vision and guiding principles of sustainability * Restructuring the rules of engagement and adopting source-based strategies * Communicating the need, vision and strategy for achieving sustainability * Correcting feedback loops: encouraging and rewarding innovation * Aligning systems and structures with sustainability This book is appropriate for all who are considering sustainability initiatives or currently struggling with their policies. For guidance or just for a reminder, the book can be used both to diagnose a situation and to identify workable solutions. Full review London Management Centre Why does everyone talk about sustainability, but real changes are hard to find? According to ... Bob Doppelt, organisational change is the key to achieving lasting success. Both public and private organisations are the target of his research on how successful sustainability can be initiated and - even more important - effectively sustained...practical examples ... on successful AND failed initiatives provide useful examples. European Circular Issue 21 (Autumn 2004)

About the Author

Bob Doppelt is Director of the Program for Watershed and Community Health, a sustainability research and technical assistance organisation, affiliated with the Institute for a Sustainable Environment, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. In addition, he is a Courtesy Associate Professor in the Department of Planning, Public Policy and Management at the University of Oregon (bdoppelt@darkwing.uoregon.edu). Doppelt is also a principal in Factor10 Inc., a sustainability change-management consulting firm (bob-factor10@att.net).

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on sustainable development Oct. 23 2010
Format:Paperback
Clearly written, systematically structured, and full of practical advice and concrete examples. I assign this book to MBA students in my change management course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on change and sustainability March 4 2004
Format:Hardcover
Bob Doppelt is the first sustainability expert to describe the nuances and challenges of successfully implementing a systemic sustainability program. Where others have said that "you need to get the people in the organization involved," Doppelt goes deeper and tells us how to do this.
His comprehensive approach, systems thinking, and concrete examples give us previously unavailable insights about successfully implementing sustainability programs in organizations.
I especially appreciate that he includes economic, population, and social equity concerns and not just the technical aspects of protecting and improving the environment.
I have recommended this book to all my sustainability Ph.D. students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book on change and sustainability March 4 2004
By John D. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bob Doppelt is the first sustainability expert to describe the nuances and challenges of successfully implementing a systemic sustainability program. Where others have said that "you need to get the people in the organization involved," Doppelt goes deeper and tells us how to do this.
His comprehensive approach, systems thinking, and concrete examples give us previously unavailable insights about successfully implementing sustainability programs in organizations.
I especially appreciate that he includes economic, population, and social equity concerns and not just the technical aspects of protecting and improving the environment.
I have recommended this book to all my sustainability Ph.D. students.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At the cutting edge Sept. 30 2005
By Paul Liotsakis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
While the concept of sustainability and sustainable development is still ethereal, Bob Doppelt has his finger at the pulse of our best thinking, practices and strategy for implementation. I resonate with his view that the process of achieving sustainability is messy and non-linear and people enter it from many directions. This book has informed my understanding and has helped structure a subject that has a moving target component to it. Bob Doppelt's work has credibility and substance for me.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Change Management at its Best Feb. 28 2011
By Frank Roettgers - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
With "Leading Change Toward Sustainability" Doppelt wrote an useful guide for everyone who starts from the beginning and wants to make his business sustainable. Well structured, this book leads the reader through several stages of how to become sustainable. Although I missed some explanations at various points why Doppelt suggests his ideas, it offers a lot of practical advice for restructuring a company. He could have gotten a bit more into detail when it comes to environmental practices and their relation to sustainability, but apart from that I liked the read very much and recommend it.

- Frank Roettgers, author of Going Green Together - How to Align Employees with Green Strategies
5.0 out of 5 stars We need this book today! May 3 2014
By David Roitman - Published on Amazon.com
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While originally written in 2002 and updated 4 years ago, this book is very current. The author masterfully reviews what companies are actually doing to make products, services, and processes "do no harm" and in a growing number of cases contribute positively to the ability of species to thrive on earth - including ours. Most importantly, he has a profound understanding of organizational change - clearly gained from personal experience and his own research as well as the large body of literature on the topic. He boils down this massive literature to the most important concepts and methods related to "making change really happen" to enable sustainability efforts to succeed in organizations. I highly recommend this book.
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