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Leading Change toward Sustainability (2nd edn) Kindle Edition

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After reading Leading Change toward Sustainability, those seeking change can't help but have a more clear understanding of what it means to say: 'Our goal is to become a truly sustaining organisation.' With the help of this useful book, they just might reach that laudable destination. --William McDonough, McDonough + Partners

Bob Doppelt has taken up [the] challenge to learn about experiences in sustainable development; and now he makes us part of his learning process. The result is fascinating and inspiring . . . I sincerely hope this book finds its way into the hands of managers of all kinds of businesses, small and large, to CEOs of the leading multinational enterprises of the world, to directors of government departments in whatever field of public concern they work, to people working for non-governmental organisations, to groups of farmers, to municipalities, to politicians. --Paul de Jongh, Policy advisor for sustainable development to the Dutch government; former Deputy Director-General for the Environment, The Netherlands

Implementing sustainable business practices is about much more than policies and plans. Bob Doppelt teaches us that leadership driven by vision, values and even a fundamental shift in thinking characterises true success. By taking us inside companies from around the world, he demystifies sustainability and presents a hands-on practical approach allowing the potential for a company's cultural transformation. --Carsten Henningsen, Co-Founder, Portfolio 21; Chairman, Progressive Investment Management

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"Implementing sustainable business practices is about much more than policies and plans. Bob Doppelt teaches us that leadership driven by vision, values and even a fundamental shift in thinking characterises true success. By taking us inside companies from around the world, he demystifies sustainability and presents a hands-on practical approach allowing the potential for a company's cultural transformation."
- Carsten Henningsen, Co-Founder, Portfolio 21; Chairman, Progressive Investment Management

"This book is packed full of sound experience gleaned from dozens of cases and is a must-read for anyone at all interested in embarking on an organisational change strategy to embrace sustainability in their organisation. One of the most useful books I have read lately. Calling it a Bible for the practitioner is too strong, but it conveys the right idea."
- Larry Chalfan, Former CEO Oki Semiconductor; Current Director, Zero Waste Alliance

"The journey toward sustainability is not easy but it is right and it is rewarding. Bob Doppelt’s book provides a very practical and concise summary of significant commitments, efforts and processes for leading the change."
- Jim Quinn, former CEO of The Collins Companies and current partner in Medallion Hawaiian Hardwoods LLC

"This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to move their business or organisation to the higher ground of sustainability. Whether you are looking for guidance or just need a reminder, Bob Doppelt provides a real-world approach for implementing sustainable business practices."
- Buddy Hay, VP Sustainable Operations, Interface Research Corporation

"Bob Doppelt has compared a variety of organisations and identified those characteristics of high performance - high performance in the primary work of the organisation and performing that work in a more sustainable way. It is valuable for anyone interested in how successful leaders function in organisations. More to the point, the ideas offered in this book can help move your organisation toward a more sustainable future."
- Dr Craig W. Shinn, Associate Professor of Public Administration, Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

"Bob Doppelt expands the envelope of knowledge about the realities of reducing the environmental impacts of private and public organisations, giving real-world insights into the substantial economic benefits available to corporations and agencies through the adoption of sustainable practices, as well as practical steps to overcome the formidable institutional barriers involved with implementing these practices successfully."
- Ernie Niemi, VP, ECONorthwest Economics Research and Consulting, Eugene, Oregon

"This book takes on a key challenge for sustainability — how to harness the ideas and enthusiasm of people within an organisation. Instead of focusing on the latest technological fixes, Doppelt explains how organisations need to change in order to incorporate sustainability throughout their operations. Businesses and government agencies working on sustainability will be able to use this book to diagnose their situation and identify solutions."
- Matt Emlen Program manager for the Portland-Multnomah Sustainable Development Commission

"After reading Leading Change toward Sustainability, those seeking change can’t help but have a more clear understanding of what it means to say: ‘Our goal is to become a truly sustaining organisation'. With the help of this useful book, they just might reach that laudable destination."
- William McDonough, McDonough + Partners

"Bob Doppelt has taken up [the] challenge to learn about experiences in sustainable development; and now he makes us part of his learning process. The result is fascinating and inspiring ... I sincerely hope this book finds its way into the hands of managers of all kinds of businesses, small and large, to CEOs of the leading multinational enterprises of the world, to directors of government departments in whatever field of public concern they work, to people working for non-governmental organisations, to groups of farmers, to municipalities, to politicians."
- Paul de Jongh, Policy advisor for sustainable development to the Dutch government; former Deputy Director-General for the Environment, The Netherlands


Product Details

  • File Size: 2764 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1906093342
  • Publisher: Greenleaf Publishing; 2nd Revised edition edition (March 7, 2011)
  • Publication Date: October 15, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1PZRG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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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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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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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
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