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15th October 2018 How to be a responsible game changer

Trying to be a resilient change leader in our ever-changing VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world is not easy. We are being challenged by intelligence that is artificial, and there’s the growing threat that we someday will be replaced by robots. For perspective on how leaders and teams can factor social responsibility and sustainability into technology development, I interviewed Nathan Ott, founder of the Game Changer Index (GC Index), and Jem Davies, vice president, fellow and general manager of the

By Shannon Houde
15 Oct 2018 How to be a responsible game changer

Trying to be a resilient change leader in our ever-changing VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world is not easy. We are being challenged by intelligence that is artificial, and there’s the growing threat that we someday will be replaced by robots. For perspective on how leaders and teams can factor social responsibility and sustainability into technology development, I interviewed Nathan Ott, founder of the Game Changer Index (GC Index), and Jem Davies, vice president, fellow and general manager of the

By Shannon Houde
2nd October 2018 Get focused to get results: 3 Steps to your dream job at NI18

Many of you are getting ramped up to attend Net Impact’s annual conference this autumn. You may also be considering launching or shifting your careers in the impact sector. We all want the job search process to be easy. We want to just be able to hop on the web, look at the job boards, find a job that looks interesting, apply to it, land the interview and, most importantly, get the job offer. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

By Shannon Houde
25th September 2018 10 Ways to practice mindfulness at work

Autumn seems busier every year, doesn’t it? There’s no shortage of impact conferences and organizations the world over are pouring over the last quarter’s results and firming up their strategies for the coming 12-months. For my clients, it’s also time to take stock and think about the professional position they’d like to be in when the leaves start to fall, shedding the old for the new growth. Whether you are looking for a complete career change or to improve your

By Shannon Houde
20th September 2018 Video tip: Practice mindfulness by using your tongue

Let’s eat chocolate! Wait, let’s do more than just eat chocolate. Why don’t you join me in savoring chocolate, this moment, and the rest of your day. Practice mindfulness by using your tongue: Practice mindfulness by using your tongue from Walk of Life Consulting on Vimeo.

By Shannon Houde
11th September 2018 Video tip: This week, take my empathy challenge!

It’s difficult for many people to just listen. We tend to problem solve or project our fears, ideas, and ego instead of responding with clarity about what we’ve just heard. This week, challenge yourself to practice empathy by pausing and reconnecting before trying to find a solution. 

By Shannon Houde
5th September 2018 Video tip: Resilient leadership: How to avoid employee burn out

Stress is inherent, but you have the power to decrease employee burn out and improve resiliency by practicing mindfulness. Stay tuned for “How to practice mindfulness by using your tongue”!

By Shannon Houde
17th July 2018 Being remembered is about bringing your sustainability story to life

I always start coaching with the scariest question “What do you do?” (which is similar to the interview question, “walk me through your resume”).  It is a set-up question. Which, as simple as it is, throws us off.  It makes us uncomfortable.  But, if well-thought through, authentic and well-practiced, will be a short and impactful career story.  Many of us blow it.  We either lead with our name, title and company name (boring!!!) or we drone on and on about our passions,

By Shannon Houde
9th July 2018 5 Reasons why our online course will point you to Purpose

You asked, we answered: affordable and accessible career coaching has claimed its spot within Walk of Life. Whether you’re changing careers, returning to the workforce, or feeling engulfed in career fog without purpose, here’s why our online course should be at the top of your priority list: We’ve done most of the work for you Get our proprietary toolkit – created after a 20-year career as a recruiter, CR consultant and business strategist, I’ve seen all the mistakes that jobseekers make

By Shannon Houde
5th July 2018 What does it really take to lead in these uncertain times?

Stephen Howard, chairman of Power to Change, was chief executive of Business in the Community (BitC) for 10 years. He said that leadership is a lonely place. Chief execs don’t keep their jobs long. Pressure is high to not think about things such as values. Politically, socially, financially, we are in uncertain times. Nobody trusts anybody — the bigger you are, the less you are trusted. We trust local MPs, but we don’t trust Parliament; we trust the branch manager

By Shannon Houde
19th June 2018 Just give me the gist, but not too short

You’re at a leading industry conference getting a free-trade banana from the display of otherwise fattening snacks, and looking around to catch eyes with someone and “network”. Ahhhh! All of a sudden you see your dream boss, your top influencer. You brave it, walk over, introduce yourself and they are engaged. They ask you simply,   “So, what do you DO?”  Your heart rate goes up, you start to fidgit, and then…freeze.  It seems like such a simple question (like the

By Shannon Houde
22nd May 2018 Video tip: Help (not hurt) your brand with smart LinkedIn choices

A picture is worth a thousand words. Is it worth your dream job too? Don’t get passed up for an interview because you’ve neglected to showcase your best self on LinkedIn. Here’s two quick tips to craft a smart LinkedIn profile TODAY!

By Shannon Houde