Elements of Strategy: Focus your mission….

Strategy can be a highly complex process, involving myriad diverse stakeholders, numerous possible futures, and a dizzying range of possibilities. Yet in the end, strategy is also simple: It’s a plan of action to achieve a desired goal. In our last post, we talked about the first element of strategy—a clear, compelling, aspirational and actionable vision. A well-developed vision answers …

Women’s Day 2017: Courage, Leadership & Equality

International Women’s Day on 8 March created a hook for discussion about women’s rights, with its theme of gender equality in the workplace. The UN called for all actors to “Step It Up for Gender Equality towards a Planet 50-50 by 2030 by ensuring that the world of work works for all women”. Did this convoluted call to action change …

Elements of Strategy: Start with Vision…

Ask any group of entrepreneurs if they have a strategy and most will quickly say they do. In fact, they probably have a hiring strategy, a marketing strategy, a social media strategy, and inevitably an exit strategy! Is this really ‘strategy’ at all? Early stage entrepreneurs—particularly first time entrepreneurs—typically put together a jigsaw puzzle of ideas that aren’t quite assembled …

Getting Sustainability Reporting Right: Three Trends to Know

Sustainability reporting is being used more frequently as a strategic tool for businesses to address popular interest in socially and environmentally responsible products. Showcasing impact and stakeholder engagement are top priorities, and three trends are giving shape to the most successful reports. Purpose is Moving to the Centre of Attention There’s a growing understanding that employees and customers want to buy …

Think Global, Act Local with your Business

As our news feeds are filled with the worst of nationalist and protectionist rhetoric, I’m inspired by the positive stories that highlight the ways communities are working to foster equity, social inclusion and economic resilience. What does it mean to “think global and act local” in your business operations? Whether it’s the co-operative movement, new ways of thinking about community …

Finding Meaning: Eight Reasons to Work for a Responsible Business

I was born in 1991, so I am what most people call a millennial. I grew up knowing the world faces profound social and environmental challenges. This is not breaking news. However, as a millennial, I also grew up with the important sentiment that I, just one person, can ‘change the world.’ I studied at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada and …

Reflections of Our CEO: Inspiration for a Bold, New Year.

I’ve had Blackstar on repeat all week. Can’t get enough of it. “Challenging and disturbing,” in a characteristically David Bowie way, it was released a year ago today, and just two days before he succumbed to the cancer he’d been fighting while writing and producing his last album. In many ways, Blackstar is a raging lament at the death Bowie …