The First 100 Days on the Job

The First 100 Days on the Job
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"I wish, I wish, I WISH that I’d had this book when I started my first job in corporate sustainability!"
SARAH HOLLOWAY, former sustainability lead at Tesco, Unilever and TUI Travel

"Whippet-smart, focused and pragmatic, this a vital read for anyone at the helm of a sustainability project." 
LEO JOHNSON, Co-Founder of Sustainable Finance , advisor to over 50 global banks and businesses, and partner at PwC

This book is for sustainability leads -- in organisations of any size or sector -- who want to make an impact in their first one hundred days on the job, and set themselves up for long-term success. 

As a sustainability lead you are expected to lead and act, often without complete or perfect information, frequently in partnership with other businesses, government and civil society, and almost certainly by building relationships across functions, departments and geographies within your own organisation. In these circumstances it is the timing of your decision making that will set you apart. 

This Short offers:
1) A process to make the most of your first 10, 60, 90 and 100 days 
2) Some practical tools you can use to set priorities and manage your programme 
3) Sources of research and information for measuring the impacts of your organisation 
4) A heavy dose of realism about what can be done, to keep you sane -- and links to some practical support and inspiration.

Good luck! Let us know how it goes!


"Anne Augustine’s  book is an exceptional guide for newly anointed sustainability leaders.  Its 100 day roadmap leads readers on a smart and a doable path to success in today’s fast moving, complex and resource constrained organization. This book will help new leaders to be courageous and successful on this critically important journey."
CAROL CONE, Global Practice Chair, Business + Social Purpose, Edelman

"This is a quick, clean and valuable read for anyone attempting to challenge the status quo and develop a sustainable organisation. I found it highly pragmatic and thoughtful; a distillation of hints, tips, plans and processes, and a useful integration of a diverse range of thinking and resources. I am sure anyone in a new sustainability role will find it a support in time of need. I found myself wanting to hear much more of Anne's own story. The introduction gives us an intriguing glimpse of her life as a corporate change agent at EDS, but it's not developed further. Maybe something for the next revision!"
KHURSHED DEHNUGARA, Partner at Relume Ltd and author of Challenger Spirit - Organisations That Disturb The Status Quo

"Anne Augustine skilfully sets out how to approach a new sustainability assignment in a practical and humane manner. This is principled stuff, but it is not naive. Most impressively, the author manages to convey a vast amount of material in succinct form. Recommended."
STEFAN STERN, Visiting Professor in Management Practice, Cass Business School, London 


ANNE AUGUSTINE works as advisor and coach with individuals and teams who are leading change for sustainability. She has an international and multi-sector background in consulting, programme management and business development for blue chip companies; and has also worked on a pro bono basis for charities and grassroots organisations. She was the head of the UK Sustainability Practice for Edelman, the world’s largest privately owned PR and communications consultancy. Previously, Anne was EMEA Sustainability programme director for EDS, a global IT services business. She now runs the Convergency Partnership, a sustainability consultancy, and is a Visiting Business Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise & the Environment at Oxford University. Anne is a Member of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC), an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and a Member of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO). 


A Few Words About You 
What is Sustainability, Anyway? 
Why 100 Days? 
The First 10 Days 
The Next 30, 60, 90 Days 
1. Have a Strategic Plan 
2. Learn the Organisational Context 
3. Work Out The Rules of The Game 
4. Achieve Something 
5. Be Resilient & Adaptable 
But What About Sustainability? 
From 100 to 1000 Days, and Beyond 
Final Thoughts 
Further Reading and Reflection


Title: The First 100 Days on the Job: How to plan, prioritize and build a sustainable organization
Author: Anne Augustine
Publication Date: October 2012
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Formats and ISBNs: 
pdf: 9781909293175
epub: 9781909293168
print: 9781909293151