Leading collectively towards a sustainable world is an art and a science. It is an art, because it is build on the creative human urge to contribute to our world’s evolution and it is a science, because we need to learn how to do it better than we have done it in the past.
Petra Kuenkel’s writings empower people to lead collectively, encourage them to participate in shaping the future, inspire them to make a difference and teach them how to co-create change in a collaborative way.
*New Publication* A Pattern Approach to Leading Sustainability Transformation
This working paper “A Pattern Approach to Leading Sustainability Transformation” explores the issue of leading transformational change for SDG implementation on the basis of a patterned approach to systemic change that enhances aliveness in socio-ecological systems.
How to up-scale collaboration skills globally is one of the most important questions facing sustainability and social change professionals around the world, and it is a question that Petra Kuenkel answers in the forthcoming publication (Jan 2016) from Chelsea Green, US.
Volume 3 of our Collective Leadership Series is dedicated to the leadership perspective and potential of young professionals. Often described as Generation Y or Millennials, they not only are the leaders of tomorrow, but also hold the key for sustainable development today.
The implementation of sustainable development efforts often requires finding joint solutions to complex challenges and cooperation between different societal actors in order to pool expertise and resources. In chapter 10, Petra Künkel and Andrew Aitken discuss the main concepts related to multi-stakeholder partnerships and the key factors for their successful implementation.
Petra Kuenkel’s Article on “Navigating Change in Complex Multi-Actor Settings: A Practice Approach to Better Collaboration”. The Special Issue will be essential reading for those researching in this emerging field, and practitioners looking for the latest thinking on how LSC may be a solution to global challenges.
You can download the article here.
Stakeholder Dialoge erfolgreich gestalten
With regards to Collective Leadership for Sustainability, this book offers a conceptual framework, a methodological approach and many cases studies which show what can be possible when various people from different backgrounds come together to bring forward sustainability interests. This work is based on a perennial process of exchange, learning, and collaborative reflection.
Führung mit Sinn
Meaningful Leadership: How managers create future accountability
This book supports leaders who have made a commitment to the path of sustainable leadership. It teaches them how to ask uncomfortable questions and how to re-define their leadership contribution step by step .
The book also addresses leaders who, as a result of societal change, inner crises or change in their companies re-question their own core values and how to conciliate these values with their professional tasks.
On the basis of 14 coaching conversations – with leaders from eight different countries – and interviews with a number of well known leaders, Petra Kuenkel shows how we can reconnect with the deeper theme of our journey to meaningfulness.
English Text for Führung mit Sinn to come soon.
In order to explore the patterns and factors that help facilitate a collective way of leading for sustainability, practitioners from the private sector, the public sector, and civil society have been interviewed who brought forward essential steps in sustainable development.
Working towards a more sustainable world requires bringing together differing world views and balancing conflicts of interests. This practical guide supports you in planning, implementing, & evaluating successful, result-oriented consultation & cooperation between different stakeholders. Also available in German, French & Arabic.
How can leaders use life and leadership experience to make a more meaningful contribution to the world? This book leads us into the inner world of leadership that we often tend to deny: the intuitive insight that at the core of our leadership journey is our contribution to the collective evolutionary process.
There is a lot of collaboration in the world, but do we collaborate in a way that gets us faster to the solutions we need?
Publications by Petra Kuenkel:
Kuenkel, P. , Daniels, K., Hollmann, J. (upcoming/2016): Anders wirtschaften – was Erfolgreiche besser machen: Integrale Konzepte für ein neues Wachstum in dynamischen Märkten, Gabler
Kuenkel, P. (2016): Führung mit Sinn: Wie Manager verantwortlich Zukunft gestalten, Springer Gabler
Kuenkel, P., Gerlach, S. , Frieg, V. (2016): Stakeholder Dialoge erfolgreich gestalten, Springer Gabler
Kuenkel, P. (2016): The Art of Leading Collectively – Co-creating a Sustainable, Socially Just Future, Chelsea Green, USA
Kuenkel, P. (2015): Navigating Change in Complex Multi-Actor Settings: A Practice Approach to Better Collaboration, The Journal of Corporate Citizenship (JCC), Issue 58 on Large Systems Change, Greenleaf Publications
Kuenkel, P., Buddenberg, J., Aitken, A., Wagener, H. (2015): Empowering Young Professionals. Vol 3. Collective Leadership Publishing
Kuenkel, P., Aitken, A. (2015): Key Factors for the Successful Implementation of Stakeholder Partnerships: The Case of the African Cashew Initiative, in: Bitzer, V., Hamann, R., Hall, M., Griffin-EL, E.W. (Eds.), The Business of Social and Environmental Innovation – New Frontiers in Africa. Springer
Kuenkel, P. (2014): Navigating Complex Change – How We Can Master the Challenges of Stakeholder Collaboration. Vol 2. Collective Leadership Publishing.
Kuenkel, P., Schaefer, K. (2013) Shifting the way we co-create: How we can turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities. Vol 1. Collective Leadership Publishing.
Kuenkel, P. (2013): Ten ingredients for embedding sustainability into leadership
the Guardian, UK
Kuenkel, P. (2013): Stakeholder engagement: a practical guide the guardian, UK
Kuenkel, P. (2013): Sustainability leadership: how can we combine flatland and wonderland? The guardian, UK
Kuenkel, P. (2013): Leadership for sustainability: the art of engaging
the guardian, UK
Kuenkel, P. (2013): Collaborative leadership for sustainable development
the guardian, UK
Kuenkel, P., Pooya, N.; Gross, M. (2012) Visionen entwickeln – was wir von der Generation Y lernen können, Organisationsentwicklung, Zeitschrift für Unternehmensentwicklung und Change Management, 04-2012, Handelsblatt Fachmedien GmbH
Kuenkel, P., Gerlach, S. and Frieg, V. (2011) Stakeholder Dialogues: Key Concepts and Competencies for Achieving Common Goals – a practical guide for change agents from public sector, private sector and civil society. Potsdam: Collective Leadership Institute Publishing, also available in French, Spanish, German and Arabic.
Kuenkel, P. et al (2009): The Common Code for the Coffee Community, in: Volmer, D., Enhancing the Effectiveness of Sustainability Partnerships, National Academies Press
Kuenkel, P. (2008) Mind and Heart – Mapping Your Personal Leadership Journey Towards Sustainability, Potsdam: Collective Leadership Institute Publishing.
Kuenkel, P. (2004) Das Dialogische Prinzip als Führungsmodell in der Praxis, Zeitschrift für Organisationsentwicklung (ZOE) 01- 2004, Handelsblatt Fachmedien GmbH