Environmental, Social & Governance issues are everyone’s business in the new world of 21st Century Leadership & Management.
All enterprises—from companies to NGOs to government agencies—are now accountable for aligning values–from a wide array of stakeholders–and value.
In the 21st century it’s mission critical. One might even say it’s a survival skill.
A recent study by the MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group found that the vast majority of corporate executives recognize that sustainability-related issues will have a significant impact on their enterprises–but more than 70% report that their companies have not yet made sustainability a part of their core strategy.
And yet… the study also revealed that more than two-thirds of executives with sustainability expertise achieved improved financial returns.
Our Unique Value Proposition
ESG issues are best understood as a bridge to the wider array of issues arising from the empowerment of customers and other stakeholders in the 21st century.
We are uniquely positioned to assist you and your organization in finding opportunity amid these challenges.
Our longtime service at the intersection of the private, public and independent sectors enables us to recognize opportunities and create value with a wide range of stakeholders. In a time when longstanding divisions of labor between industries and sectors are being challenged and overcome, this skill set has ever-increasing utility.
We can serve you in identifying, assembling, and managing world-class project teams. They may be geographically dispersed, diverse in perspective and professions–and initially unaccustomed to working in harness. Such a group can be astonishingly creative and innovative, enabling you to create ever greater value.
Serving More Stakeholders, More Effectively Creates Greater Value
Increasingly, doing the right thing creates the greatest value. This is no longer a mere aspiration or ideal; it’s a working fact.
Conversely, taking short cuts, cutting corners can occasion liabilities far exceeding any short-term gains.
21st century transparency, combined with the nearly universal capacity to share information, is transforming the longstanding tension between business ethics and shareholder value.
Our approach to sustainability underlies our wider approach to serving an increasing array of stakeholders.
Our sustainability services have three components: remediation for past actions; regulatory compliance and bench marking for current best practices; and fusion into core business strategy for innovation, value creation and enduring leadership.
Such innovation can create new value in your core business. A keystone is to extend the range and depth of stakeholder relationships.
The same approach can be applied to create value from any initial area of external challenge occasioned by rising stakeholder influence and expectations.
As stakeholder relationships grow, they naturally move into additional areas of organizational management–pointing toward additional ways to create value through ever closer alignment with employees, customers and other stakeholders.
What begins with a problem may be transformed into opportunities for ever greater value creation–based on the values and needs of those you serve.
James Strock has extensive experience, creating value as both an executive and an adviser at the highest levels of the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors. He can serve you with the down-to-earth capacities of a practitioner, combined with the longer term perspective of the theorist.
This is of rising value as organizations in all sectors recognize the necessity and opportunity to collaborate creatively with others from various sectors, with varied life experiences.
Who We Serve, How We Serve
Serve to Lead, Inc. is uniquely prepared to serve you in achieving a leadership role in Environmental | Social | Governance issues. We have worked with companies–including the Fortune 500, in various sectors–NGOs and government agencies worldwide. Our clients range from real estate to energy; from the automotive sector to defense; from food-and-beverage to NGOs and government agencies.
We are part of–and can turn to–extraordinary expert networks to build a project group able to work seamlessly with your organization and stakeholders. We can serve you in identifying, assembling and managing world-class teams of excellence across the range of disciplines, including, as required: management, regulation, strategy, financing, science, engineering, law, communication, and leadership development.
We ensure that every effort is built around your needs. We are proud of the diversity of experience—and uniformity of high quality—of our partners, such as: Craton Equity Partners (where James Strock serves as an Senior Advisor/Executive-in-Residence); Deutsche-Umwelthilfe; Burson-Marsteller; APCO Worldwide; Dutko Worldwide; Gade Group; the California Environmental Business Council, National Association of EHS Management, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Environmental Law Institute and many more.
Where to begin? James Strock can help you jump-start your organization’s evolution through a customized keynote speech or seminar, with appropriate follow-up to achieve lasting change. Beginning with a look at changes underway in 21st century leadership, management, and communication, we can work with you identify and pursue opportunities for innovation in your organization.
We serve you at every step. We work from the outside-in, learning your needs, preparing extensively, working with you to meet your unique challenges and opportunities for events, projects and other engagements.
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