Shift Your Thinking About ‘Growth’

Since our recent piece, ‘Where Do We Grow from Here?’ conversations seem to have been in the air about business growth. How should we grow? Where should we grow? What does growth even mean? We’re not the only ones asking…. In the past year, we’ve completed a number of large, stakeholder-engaged strategic planning assignments with a diverse list of clients. …

Where Do We Grow from Here?

SFU Public Square is a Simon Fraser University “initiative designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections.” Over the past couple of weeks, SFU Public Square presented ‘Brave New Work,’ their 2018 community summit, which was framed around an increasingly important question: How can we thrive in the changing world of work? It’s a question we’ve been contemplating at Junxion, …

Reflections of Our CEO: “Of what are you most afraid?”

As 2017 was nearing its close, I shared a post about making 2018 magnificent. Many of you found it valuable, and I’m grateful for your feedback. While the five questions I posed resonated with different people for different reasons, I’ve been thinking about one in particular: ‘Of what are you most afraid?’ Some answers are obvious: we’re all afraid of …

Peanuts for Donuts? Or Why a Living Wage is a Social Imperative

“If your business is only profitable when you pay employees below poverty wages, your business model isn’t viable.” The quote is from a fairly direct comment I read on a friend’s Facebook post as the Tim Horton’s minimum wage controversy was generating massive publicity. On January 1, the minimum wage in Ontario, Canada jumped to $14 (from $11.60). Next January, …

Case Study: SES Consulting

Junxion’s CEO, Mike Rowlands, first met SES Consulting’s CEO, Scott Sinclair, in 2012 at the annual Social Venture Institute. A relationship based on shared values between two men turned into a valuable relationship between two social impact companies. SES’s mission is to fight climate change by reducing buildings’ use of energy and water. SES is an engineering firm, but it’s …

Reflections of Our CEO: Five Questions to Make 2018 Magnificent….

A year ago this week, I took a day away from work, family and friends, and set to reflecting on the year that would be. This has been my practice for five years now, and as 2017 draws to a close, I’m beginning to reflect on another new year…. I begin by looking back across my calendar at the year …

Reflections of Our CEO: Finding Connection in a Time of Division

I used to think I was psychic. I could really clearly foresee people’s decisions, or anticipate their actions. I still can, and it still feels like magic to me. I blame retail. I spent 10 years working in and running destination bicycle retail stores. This was in the years after the invention of the mountain bike, when independent bicycle dealers …