The Seven Competences of the Sustainable Professional

Book Description

The Seven Competences of the Sustainable Professional shows how every professional can contribute to sustainable development. Through real-life stories told by a range of professionals, each illustrating a sustainability competence, this book provides a practical guide to help professionals realize their sustainability potential. Together, these competences form an accessible framework that is explained in practical terms. Readers are able to check their own sustainability competence level and make plans for personal development at each stage of the book.

There are dozens of books explaining how companies and organizations should work decently, dealing with topics like corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable entrepreneurship, and corporate governance. There is an equally large number of books that describe how individuals should behave in their private lives, for instance, by buying healthy food, using energy-saving equipment, showering with less water, and switching off lights in empty rooms. However, this is the first book to provide individual professionals with a clear framework to enable them to act in a sustainable way in their workplace, be they the CEO, CFO, manager, or office worker.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title
  3. Copyright
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Chapter 1 One of my heroes
  7. Chapter 2 Responsibility
    1. 2.1 Find stakeholders
    2. 2.2 Take responsibility
    3. 2.3 Be accountable: transparency
  8. Chapter 3 Competent professionals
  9. Chapter 4 Emotional intelligence
    1. 4.1 Respect values of yourself and others
    2. 4.2 Facts, assumptions, and opinions
    3. 4.3 Cooperation
  10. Chapter 5 Sustainably competent professionals
  11. Chapter 6 Systems orientation
    1. 6.1 Parts and wholes
    2. 6.2 Sources of vigor against weaving faults
    3. 6.3 In the chain, in the loop
  12. Chapter 7 Levels of competence
  13. Chapter 8 Future orientation
    1. 8.1 Short- and long-term
    2. 8.2 Not just linear
    3. 8.3 Innovative, creative, out of the box
  14. Chapter 9 The toolbox of the professional
  15. Chapter 10 Involvement
    1. 10.1 Sustainable attitude
    2. 10.2 Passions, dreams, and ideals
    3. 10.3 Conscience
  16. Chapter 11 Every profession has its own competences
    1. The manager
    2. The financial advisor
    3. The artist
    4. The environmental manager
    5. The product designer
    6. The organic farmer
    7. The social worker
    8. The researcher
    9. The teacher
  17. Chapter 12 Action skills
    1. 12.1 Weigh up the unweighable
    2. 12.2 Deal with uncertainties
    3. 12.3 Action without action
  18. Chapter 13 All the competences of the rainbow
  19. Chapter 14 Application of RESFIA+D in real life
    1. 14.1 Specifying the levels
    2. 14.2 Individual professionals: personal development plan
    3. 14.3 Organizations: Human Resource Development (HRD)
    4. 14.4 Universities & colleges: curriculum development
    5. 14.5 And now some action: the self-test
    6. 14.6 The pledge
  20. References and weblinks
  21. Glossary
  22. About the authors
  23. Acknowledgments
  24. Index

Product Information

  • Title: The Seven Competences of the Sustainable Professional
  • Author(s): Niko Roorda, Anouchka Rachelson
  • Release date: March 2018
  • Publisher(s): Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781351122610