Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change
Published: September 2020© 2020
Imprint: Aevo UTP
Page Count: 272 Pages
Dimensions: 6.25 x 9.25
272 Pages, 6.25 x 9.25 x 0.90 in
With melting ice caps in the Arctic causing catastrophic environmental issues, it’s hard to believe that we’ve had to spend so much time convincing each other that climate change is real. Lead for the Planet shifts the focus to how we, the members of Team Humanity, are going to organize to solve the twin issues of climate change and energy evolution. The book channels a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how Team Humanity can get this thing done.
Lead for the Planet outlines five practices that successful climate leaders will need to adopt, from getting the truth about the state of the planet, to assessing the risks and identifying the interests of key stakeholders, to implementing change within and between organizations and sectors on a global scale. Building on her experience as an organizational psychologist, Rae André shows how these practices comprise an effective model for climate leadership. Lead for the Planet is a guide for the kind of leadership that is necessary to help us all avoid the worst of global warming and to create a clean energy future for the generations to come.
Welcome to Team Humanity
Practice 1: Get the Truth
Practice 2: Assess the Risks
Practice 3: Weigh the Stakes
Practice 4: Define the Business of Business
Practice 5: Engage Global Leadership
What’s the Plan?
"Rae Andre’s book provides a knowledgeable summary of key climate science issues as she presents her humanistic perspective throughout her book. Unlike other books that stress climate science and policy, Andre zeros in on human behavior with what she calls the two systems of thinking – system one, which is more emotionally based, and system two, which is systematic and rationally based. This reviewer is particularly impressed on the chapter on defining the 'business of business' where she discusses for-profit business decision-making and motivations."Richard Smardon, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences
"The climate movement is not leader-less, but leader-full – and increasingly the leadership is coming from frontline and Indigenous communities that have a lot to teach us about how to communicate change. It’s very good to have the latest social science brought to bear as well, and this book supplies it! We need all the good thinking we can get if we’re going to make progress fast."Bill McKibben, author of Falter: Has the Human Game Begun to Play Itself Out?
"Rae Andre’s exciting new book provides leaders with five vital practices for bringing about a world in which our grandchildren’s children can flourish. Grounded in scientific understanding, systems thinking, integrity, realism, collaboration, and dialogue, these practices are essential to anyone who aspires to lead in a climate-challenged world. The book’s numerous examples will be useful for leaders in any sector – business, government, and civil society – and will enhance understanding and decision making for leaders everywhere."Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategy, Carroll School Scholar of Corporate Responsibility, Professor of Management, Carroll School of Management, Boston College
"You can pick up any number of books on the scientific problem of climate change and the economic or technological solutions, but what we need most right now is leadership. That is what this book is about, an accessible dive into social science for the much-needed tools to guide our society, our organizations, and ourselves towards a bold and ‘strong’ approach to sustainability. Pick up this book and play your role in helping ‘Team Humanity’ step up to save the planet."Andrew J. Hoffman, Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise, Ross School of Business/SEAS, University of Michigan
"While the current climate movement leadership deserves thanks, the results it has achieved have been paltry compared to the scope of action needed. A new generation of leaders is required that is more numerous, informed, courageous, and skilled. Lead for the Planet is an indispensable guide for anyone hoping to join those ranks. After deftly summarizing current energy and climate change issues and risks, André explores relevant strategies, tactics, political realities, and business interests. For anyone seeking a career advancing the goal of sustainability, this book is essential reading."Richard Heinberg, Senior Fellow, Post Carbon Institute
"Climate change is now the greatest challenge facing humanity. Drawing together a broad range of insights from the social and natural sciences, this book will be a valuable resource for all those passionate to develop a sustainable future and challenge the current, catastrophic business-as-usual path."Christopher Wright, Professor of Organisational Studies, The University of Sydney Business School
"Rae André takes the reader by the hand and clears the way through the thorny and political field of climate change with grace and intelligence. With simple and clear language, this book confronts what is seen as a complex and overwhelming problem."Daniel Nyberg, Professor of Management, Newcastle Business School
"Drawn from social science research in the fields of change management and leadership, Rae André’s five practices offer a road map for individuals to lead the transition through the current climate crisis and energy revolution to save our planet for future generations."Nancy E. Landrum, Professor, Quinlan School of Business & Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago
"André’s Lead for the Planet shows concerned citizens how to become leaders who can address the twin challenges of climate change and energy evolution. The author skillfully blends the psychology of leadership and influence with a wide array of facts, trends, and positions about the natural environment into five practices that anyone can adopt: crafting a compelling vision for change, rallying others around it, and developing and implementing actionable plans to confront the energy-related issues causing climate change. It’s an accessible must-read for any aspiring climate leader."Jane Schmidt-Wilk, Director of the Center for Management Research, Maharishi International University
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