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10th November 2017 GPS your career path

Careers in the impact economy can be hard to come by and the routes in are yet to be formally mapped. Transitioning out of your current role and into this new and exciting sector is a challenge! That said, you’ll see that there are a number of potential avenues that are worth exploring.   The direct route: impact investing Impact investing is emerging as a vibrant new field that seeks measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return. According to

By Shannon Houde
10 Nov 2017 GPS your career path

Careers in the impact economy can be hard to come by and the routes in are yet to be formally mapped. Transitioning out of your current role and into this new and exciting sector is a challenge! That said, you’ll see that there are a number of potential avenues that are worth exploring.   The direct route: impact investing Impact investing is emerging as a vibrant new field that seeks measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial return. According to

By Shannon Houde
19th October 2017 6 Tips to loosen up and land the job

You did it! Your killer CV, brilliant phone interview, and smart bio have gotten you to the final interview. You know the company, you know the job, you can do the job and even love it. Now you have one more chance to “wow.” Stay calm, cool, and collected to land your dream job with these 6 prep tips: Breathe I am a meditator who finds grounding in daily (well, almost daily) spiritual practice. You too have probably heard about

By Shannon Houde
3rd October 2017 Snag Top CSR Talent With a Killer Hiring Strategy

CSR and sustainability jobs have never been hotter. As impact-driven millennials seek out work that aligns with their values, recruiters are seeing a continued upswing in the number of applications they receive. It’s common to have over 200 applicants for any given position, and for a recruiter to have less than 15 seconds to glance over a CV. With this kind of flow rate, how can organisations optimize their HR processes to make sure great candidates don’t slip through the

By Shannon Houde
22nd September 2017 12 can’t-miss impact conferences that are just around the corner

The internet can be overwhelming when it comes to the top events and conferences and it will depend a bit on where you live or can travel to. Here, I’ve compiled a list of high-quality and forward-thinking impact events for sustainability leaders in the coming months: Sustainable Brands Leaders Journey Sept. 11–14 (Thimphu, Bhutan) For the first time, Sustainable Brands is hosting this executive workshop to connect like-minded leaders who want to apply the happiness index to drive a better

By Shannon Houde
12th September 2017 Guest Post: Mandate Capital – Blend it Before you Spend it!

It’s helpful to think of mandate as a kind of capital. We use it in our organizations to get things done. Mandate uses the power of directives to push down the chain of command to execute out on what needs to be done. The official story goes something like – if you can get the mandate – you can get it done. The actual story however is much more nuanced. Our work has unearthed a powerful relationship between the use

By Leith Sharp
8th September 2017 Future Proof for 2020: Do You Have the Top 5 Sustainability Skills to Survive?

Last year, the World Economic Forum produced a report on the ‘Future of Jobs’, in which they outlined the 10 skills we’ll all be needing by 2020. I was revisiting this report recently for an executive coaching project I’m working on, and got to thinking about what their projections mean for the sustainability jobs market. How can sustainability professionals be 2020-ready? How can organizations future-proof their hiring strategies?  It’s clear that the trends the report identifies are being felt already:

By Shannon Houde
1st August 2017 Smile to change your future

I have a sign in my office that says “Smile, It Confuses People”. Every morning I drop the kids off at school and search desperately for eye contact from a fellow mum (note the UK spelling) but find that, in a given week, I maybe get two or three half smiles or a reluctant head nod. Then at the gym, where I see the same ladies in lycra every week at yoga or HIIT class, I find myself looking up

By Shannon Houde
24th July 2017 Being mindful can help you be a better sustainability leader

In today’s world, how you do a job is just as important as what you do. This is especially true for those in positions of influence within the sustainability impact sector. Herding cats through a complex change process while maintaining the bottom line? You’re going to need super-human levels of focus, calm and empathy. Our ability to align our intellectual intelligence with our emotional intelligence defines our effectiveness as leaders. Businesses are waking up to this, and mindfulness is now

By Shannon Houde
10th July 2017 Coaching can catapult your career

Anyone can sign up for executive coaching, hand over the money and sit in on a series of sessions, but not everyone is “coachable.” If your mind is closed to exploring new insights about yourself and being challenged about your assumptions, you won’t be able to reap the real benefits. Executive coaching offers you a full, 360-degree view of your skill set, character and roadblocks — warts and all.  It can be hard to hear, but at the end of the

By Shannon Houde
3rd July 2017 Why complexity is challenging change leaders: top takeaways from impact leadership events

Just 8 billionaires own ½ the world’s wealth. Global water demand will increase at least 37% by 2050. Inequalities are up and family income is down. I don’t know about you, but these facts stir me up. How can I help be a part of the change? Every day I work with leaders and impact professionals and like my clients, I am always trying to do and be better. Last month, I attended two events that helped me to think

By Shannon Houde
16th June 2017 Salary vs. sanity

When it comes to a trade off between your salary and your sanity, there is only sustainable choice. As someone who went through this process, I can tell you that you might surprised by how having less money could make you better off in the long term. When I started my career coaching business, I transitioned from a cushy corporate consulting job to a start-up impact career being self-employed. Yes, this change came with a huge pay cut. However, I

By Shannon Houde

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