These are not good times for idealists – and they’re taking it out on everyone else.
As Jonathan Alter recently wrote, there are two strains of progressives: idealists who feel that doing the right thing is everything, and who prefer being right to getting results; and pragmatists focused on moving forward, who make deals and accept a less than ideal outcome. Often – too often – those two strains are at war.
They certainly are today, a time when any compromise is viewed by idealists as selling out. That dynamic is having a strong, and unfortunate, impact on sustainability in the workplace. The sustainability movement is now moving from its initial high idealism for a sustainable planet and working with the reality that sustainability for corporate entities also includes sustainable margins.
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