Lt. Gen. Richard gave the great advice to “go with the grain”. When looking to transform our business, how we frame this to others is key. When he was facing the tough challenge of making the Ministry of Defence more sustainable, he didn’t focus on the impending planetary doom, he focused on the efficiencies and future resilience it would bring.
When it comes to addressing our impact on climate change, the entire panel agreed starting small is a good tactic. B Corp accreditation is the gold standard – and Paul also raised the TOMS Framework as a great way to measure and report your social value – but it’s the little nudges, switching lightbulbs, using local suppliers, that will start to embed a culture of change. From there we can nudge our business towards being more purpose led and take the team on the journey.
Leading a team through periods of change can be tough. But the panel also had some words of leadership wisdom to help. For Claire, good leadership is values based, drawing on your core values to guide your team builds trust and commitment. Lt. Gen. Richard’s door was always open, for him actively listening to his team whenever they needed him was vital, and Paul believes everyone has a unique gift and encourages everyone to bring theirs to work, aligning these with the purpose of the organisation to cultivate connection.
Lots to think about and lots to inspire us to find new and better ways of working to benefit our businesses, our teams, and the planet.