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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
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
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
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
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
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
The No. 1 way to win buy-in through hearts and minds

I am proud to be kicking off our new Purpose and People column with the chief executive of “creative change agency” Impact International, David Williams, who says good leadership is all about communicating purpose and enabling people to be their best. Back in 1980, some early media attention landed Impact a lucky break, coaching entrepreneurial managers using an experiential learning approach for what is now British Telecom. A few years later it had landed contracts with Marks & Spencer and Apple, when

By Shannon Houde
How to network better than you flirt

Walking up to a potential new contact at a conference, or cold calling someone on the phone, is often the most intimidating part of networking for jobseekers. It’s hard to make the first move and much easier to keep yourself out of a vulnerable situation. However, if you’re looking to make a career move into sustainability, corporate responsibility or the green economy, in-person networking remains the best way to convert potential opportunities into real jobs. So, if you tend to

By Shannon Houde
HR can grow sustainability, here’s how

At many organizations, small sustainability teams have been operating as a stand-alone department. Now, companies are keen to grow sustainability leadership. While this shows exciting progress, the transition often leaves HR executives unclear on how to support the development of existing teams while making sense of the core competencies their non-sustainability staff will need. Welcome to the minefield. Sustainability is a notoriously woolly and evolving agenda, and as the competitive advantage from engaging with it becomes more established, likewise the

By Shannon Houde
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
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, empathy and mindful leadership. Our ability to align our intellectual intelligence with our emotional intelligence defines our effectiveness as leaders. Businesses are waking up to this, and mindfulness

By Shannon Houde
Coaching can catapult your career

Anyone can sign up for executive or career 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

By Shannon Houde