Paul Bessems, a seasoned figure in the realm of sustainable leadership, recently shared in his Goodmorning BSN! presentation, some insightful perspectives that challenge the status quo. In his webinar, Paul tackled the pressing need for leaders to adopt sustainable solutions, fostering not only compliance but also future-proof strategies.
Shifting Perspectives: Beyond Borders
Paul urges leaders to broaden their horizons, moving away from traditional local approaches. Compliance, according to him, is no longer sufficient. Taking the example of CSRD regulations, he stresses the importance of adopting a supply chain perspective. This shift, Paul notes, requires shared realities and a commitment to sustainability that transcends organisational boundaries.
Brave Leadership: Wisdom Beyond Today
At the core of Paul’s vision is the concept of brave leadership. This involves cultivating future wisdom, the ability to envision a future beyond the present circumstances. Leaders, according to Paul, need to strike a new balance between doing well and doing good. Being a ’tap turner’ instead of a ‘floor mopper’ becomes a metaphor for addressing root causes rather than just the visible effects of problems.
Embracing Relevant Technology: A Data-Driven Approach
In the quest for sustainability, Paul emphasises the role of relevant technology. He advocates for a shift to data-driven organising, where data becomes the foundation of trust and transparency. By leveraging technologies like IoT, blockchain, and AI, organisations can create shared ledgers, fostering a sense of shared reality. The digital assembly line, powered by these technologies, promises efficiency and future readiness.
Transformation: Beyond Compliance
Paul underscores that true transformation goes beyond mere compliance. It involves a fundamental rethink of how we approach work and organisational structures. The concept of ‘double track,’ maintaining legacy systems while innovating for the future, provides a pragmatic approach. It’s not just about embracing new technologies but about a holistic change in how we operate.
Reflecting on Tomorrow: Learning and Adapting
Paul’s insights invite a deep reflection on the way forward. Sustainable leadership is not a lofty goal but a tangible reality that demands attention today. Paul’s down-to-earth approach resonates with the Action Learning Methodology, emphasising a continuous process of reflection and learning, both personally and professionally. His insights offer a practical guide, directing us toward a future characterised by genuine sustainability, beyond mere compliance.
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