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A unique culture and spirit: How Quantis empowers millennials, avoids hierarchy

With eight offices across Europe, North America and South America, Quantis sets itself apart from other consultancies through its unique culture based on minimal hierarchy and infused with a dynamic and collaborative spirit. To feed this culture, the entire group comes together once a year for a week-long, off-site seminar. Quantis has been growing in staff size by 25-30 percent a year for the last four years with no intention of slowing down. Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin shared her insights about leading

By Shannon Houde
A unique culture and spirit: How Quantis empowers millennials, avoids hierarchy

With eight offices across Europe, North America and South America, Quantis sets itself apart from other consultancies through its unique culture based on minimal hierarchy and infused with a dynamic and collaborative spirit. To feed this culture, the entire group comes together once a year for a week-long, off-site seminar. Quantis has been growing in staff size by 25-30 percent a year for the last four years with no intention of slowing down. Quantis CEO Emmanuelle Aoustin shared her insights about leading

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
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
The soft stuff matters most: How to create scalable impact in a complex global culture

Martha Herrera Gonzalez is known as a pioneer for how she has taken a global extractives business, Cemex, to its next stage of engagement and embedding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles across more than 50 countries. Her message is simple: Dream. Listen. Learn. Act. Herrera Gonzalez, who joined the building materials company 23 years ago, is director of CSR and director of the Cemex-Tec of Monterrey Center for the Development of Sustainable Communities. It’s her mission to develop and

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
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
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
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
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