Mrim Boutla

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9 years 10 months ago

The good news amid the current US jobless recovery is that a number of responsible careers are available to recent graduates and emerging responsible leaders.  As mentioned in my previous post, there were over 178 entry-level responsible jobs added to justmeans job board...


9 years 10 months ago

For those interested in building a responsible career, it might seem as though there are no responsible jobs available out there.  The US unemployment rate remained around 10% in August. which has further added fuel to the thought that the US is in jobless recovery.  Moreoever, many young professionals get discouraged, because they don't understand that job postings are like '...


9 years 10 months ago

Students are back on US campuses, some more interested in a Club Med-like experience and a 'what can I get away with' attitude towards their coursework, while fortunately, some others are coming back to campus with a strengthened motivation to get career advice and to dedicate time and effort to best position themselves to compete for green energy and sustainability jobs.  The...


9 years 10 months ago

When working with clients dedicated to build a responsible career that successfully blends financial return with social impact and environmental responsibility, I often get the following question: "How can I make the case for our long-term social and environmental impact when all my manager wants to know is whether we will meet and exceed our quarterly numbers?"  This is the most common symptom for a condition the Aspen Institute has so elegantly named 'short-termism'.

Of course, 'short-termism' is not new, and has largely driven the 'business as usual' approach that led to the...


9 years 10 months ago

Building a responsible career means getting business done better, by generating economic value while making a positive impact on our society and the environment.  If this is your goal, then mark your calendar, and make sure that you attend the TEDxChange webcast offered through a partnership between the TED Talks and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The webcast will take place on September 20th, 2010 at 11am EDT!  TEDxChange will focus on the progress made by industrialized and developing countries around the ...


9 years 10 months ago

Responsible career management means building a career around economic, social and environmental value creation.  It is a wonderful concept, but as always, it's not the concept that is difficult to agree on, it's the implementation that is difficult.  Recent news reminds us that doing the right thing even when it's hard is one of the most important leadership qualities a responsible leader can develop.

For instance, Mark Hurd is making headlines for resigning from HP this month over a sexual harassment investigation.  About his resignation, Hurd said he "realized there were instances in which I did not live...


9 years 10 months ago

This week, a new wave of MBAs are descending on campuses all over the world, eager to take the next step in their career planning strategy.  For the majority of these new MBA students, MBA career planning means 'getting' THE degree that will lead them to a high salary, a high degree of decision making, and to long term job security.  For a minority of these new MBA students, the career planning strategy revolves around earning an MBA as a way to learn management skills and the language of money, both of which...


9 years 11 months ago

Jeremy Bradley's post on being over-educated and underpaid is very much bringing to the surface a tremendously important challenge:  What is the relationship between education and career management?  This relationship has been tightened by two factors.  First the higher cost of education pushes students and parents to identify the degree's return on investment based on the first post-graduation job the graduate secures.  The student debt burden is...


9 years 11 months ago
At some point in your career management strategy, you will be asking yourself whether you should earn a graduate degree.  In the US, the cost of undergraduate and graduate education has been ballooning, creating an enormous student debt burden for current students and graduates.  Of course, the higher the level of debt, the higher the salary needed to meet one's financial obligations, and the narrower...

9 years 11 months ago

A main piece of career advice for aspiring and established Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) professionals has always been to clearly communicate the social and environmental value they create to their internal and external constituents.  Key elements to communicate are based on two main types of CSR initiatives.  First, some CSR initiatives focus on positive social impact, or how the company positively contributes to the communities it operates in.  Second, some CSR initiatives are increasingly been focusing on environmental impact.  Such initiatives have revolved around what the company is...


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