What a fantastic and interactive session it was with Lee Stewart, Head of Sustainability ANZ Fujitsu Australia Limited last Tuesday night. We are also delighted to announce that Lee has agreed to be part of the EPF Committee - more on that in our next WOM.
Kate Harris, CEO of the Centre for Sustainability Leadership and joint sponsor of the event, gave Lee a very warm welcome noting the clarity of purpose in his work, his enthusiastic approach evidenced from the awards and accolades he has received for his sustainability work.
Lee opened the session by reminding us that "to build a sustainable future, we need to de-couple resource use from growth and that technology underpins that transformation".
Lee then got us thinking about how data storage is fuelled, our e-waste policies and how to engage executives. One of Lee's many drivers is to ensure he leaves his job in a better place for the next person. Taking inspiration from James Kerr, 15 Lessons in leadership Lee, a fellow Kiwi, remembers how the champions do it - They sweep the sheds. They follow the spearhead. They keep a blue head.
Importantly, knowing what your value led, purpose driven story is can help to fuel your journey through the often 'red mist' with a cool blue head to get things done. Lee has often been praised for his great communication skills, but engaging executives across Fujitsu has not been without its own challenges and a useful strategy that has helped with this was to rank each key stakeholder on their sustainability knowledge. This helped Lee first to understand, before he could be understood by formulating the appropriate messaging.
Lee highlighted two key reports which make for interesting reading:
GeSI SMARTer2030 - ICT Solutions for 21st Century Challenges and,
The whole group then completed a SpeedLinks exercise on what traits or skills make a great environmental manager collectively coming up with some great insights including vision, resilience, engagement, passion, empathy, contextualisation to name a few.
Kate Panayotou was the lucky winner of the $300 coaching session with Kate Harris.
We will be in touch soon with details of our next event and next full WOM. Meanwhile please note below a new job opportunity from Jones Lang La Salle.
JLL National Sustainability Manager (for the Integrated Facilities Management business), based in Sydney. The role involves providing clients with sustainability advice, client relationship management and building business opportunities from new and existing clients. Please contact Chris Nunn on 02 9220 8654 or firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.