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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
12 Sep 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
13th June 2017 Spring Cleaning: Updating Your LinkedIn Account for Maximum Impact

Spring is nearly over – don’t let the season pass without updating your key social media accounts for maximum impact in the impact sector! LinkedIn is particularly valuable for social impact and environmental professionals working to achieve results across the three levels of the triple bottom line. With few formal networks and a multi-disciplinary skillset, we don’t tend to fit into the typical boxes. This is a major challenge for those of us working in the sector as well as

By Shannon Houde
8th June 2017 New rules for the 21st-century jobseeker

The last 15 years have seen major changes in the world of recruitment. When I started out as a hiring manager, we advertised in the newspaper and on the major jobs websites, and CVs arrived by post (usually) or email (occasionally). CVs included a standard summary of a person’s career history, and we’d pile them on the desk and pick through them with a highlighter to extract the information we needed before calling to arrange interviews. Today’s hiring landscape couldn’t be

By Shannon Houde
5th June 2017 The secret jobs market

It’s a bitter pill to swallow for job seekers who spend their Sunday afternoons trawling the jobs boards and fine-tuning their CVs, but just as media has gone social, so too has recruitment. Easier, cheaper and faster than traditional hiring processes, networking is now the No. 1 way new positions are filled. And while it’s hard to get reliable figures, I hear time and time again from my corporate clients that these vacancies aren’t even necessarily being advertised. I call

By Shannon Houde
31st May 2017 Work, happiness and the path to an impact career

Sometimes our craving for something new and unknown is what keeps us from feeling happy with what we have. But while it is important to resist the urge for change simply for change’s sake, it is equally important to continue challenging ourselves in order to grow professionally, and thereby feel happy. Reality check In figuring out whether to stay or go, it’s useful to unpack the difference between the perceived reality of what a job change might look like and

By Shannon Houde

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