Sustainable Me III
My birthday catches me off guard. I always feel that I should have been anticipating it more, making plans. Instead, I usually end up working, deferring the observation for a later date that sometimes doesn’t come. I’ve been flummoxed about what to do this year. Navigating Foresight’s projects, currently focused on food, agriculture, water, and community development, while simultaneously growing the enterprise, is the primary focus of my life.
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Sustainable Me III
Growth Etudes 4: Hiring Uncertainty
I fought for my first job. I'd never before been in that kind of competitive position, wanting to do everything I could and knowing there was little I could do. Hiring is an imperfect process of risk reduction. Given the often intense, multidimensional nature of Foresight’s projects, and our relatively small team, identifying the right person is essential. As much as I might interview a candidate, check their references, and get to know them, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s nearly impossible to predetermine a good fit.
Growth Etudes 3: Finding Lucrative
The panoramic view captivates me. Easily distracted by all the city movements below this borrowed 40th floor conference room perch, I would get little done if I worked here. I don’t covet the digs, but I do the resources behind them. Sustainable innovation is often distanced from robust profit. Those of us who practice it constantly have to bridge the gap, make the connection to the economic, demonstrate that the social and environmental does ultimately translate into dollars.
Growth Etudes Part 2: Consonance and Dissonance
There have to be some edges. An effective consulting project, like a compelling musical performance, isn’t the result of pure harmony, but rather the navigation of the right creative tensions. Studying cello in my youth, I found the seeming glamour of the soloist’s perch the most appealing, but performing in small ensembles the most satisfying. Achieving any kind of significant sustainability-focused innovation requires a team. The work I produce at Foresight is made better by the input of my colleagues.
Growth Etudes Part 1: Discernment
Intentional career trajectories puzzle me. A well-defined vocational path has never seemed relevant. I launched Foresight to create my own opportunities, with little regard for where it might lead in the long-term. Foresight has grown, and isn’t just about my vision and skill set anymore. We’ve started to more intentionally consider the organization's trajectory, with my voice being but one of several. This process requires reviewing many elements, including the nature of our individual ambitions.
Oberlin Diaries 8*: Bonus Dividends
The envelope was a surprise. Bright pink, handmade, and with a simple “To: Peter” on the front, it was given to me by one of the valiant college students that help lead the Foresight Prep @ Oberlin College program. For many years, I've kept a folder of all the thank you cards I’ve received as a just-in-case antidote to any future dark days.