Finding Value in the Space Between Sectors

At each extreme of a pendulum’s swing, there’s a moment of pause. It’s the briefest possible moment of stasis, when movement halts, and all that’s left is potential. It’s mesmerizing to watch, trying to catch that moment before the pendulum falls again, and swings to its opposite extreme. It’s an apt metaphor for responsible business: If the business sector is set at one …

Live Your Organizational Values – Practical First Steps

“Purpose” is the flavour of the month. It’s all over the business press: everyone has a story about their purpose, and acknowledges the importance of purpose and values in managing their organizations, attracting talent, and developing brands. Organizations in the finance, health and social sectors, where achieving business and social impacts are implicitly part of the job, are looking for …

Engage to thrive!

“Engagement drives motivation. Motivation drives performance,” said every HR manager, ever. Because this truth lies at the heart of all HR programmes: engaged staff perform better. The data back this up. According to Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace report, business units in the top quartile on engagement are 17% more productive and 21% more profitable than those in the …

The One Thing to Help Your Team Take Flight

JP Morgan Chase recently hosted an intimate inclusive economy event in Canary Wharf, in the heart of London’s business district. I arrived promptly at 9:30am and stood with a dozen strangers waiting to ride the very swanky elevator 31 floors into the sky. That’s when the butterfly arrived…. There we were, standing in the lobby, when the monarch’s gorgeous, orange …