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 …

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 …

Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau

For decades, an ever-increasing number of business leaders have recognized their companies’ obligations to their employees, their communities, and the environment we all share. The transition to a clean, healthy, diverse 21st century economy has begun—but it’s not without its challenges. Unfortunately, here in Canada, debates about the validity and value of old economy projects have become highly adversarial and …

What Really Matters to You?

This morning, as I carefully walked down a bank of slippery, green steps in the rainforest near my home, I found myself pondering an important question. It’s one of my favourites…. It’s a door opener into deeper conversations about life. It opens people up. It gets us thinking. It exposes our vulnerability. And it often leads to greater intimacy, as …

Have We Hit ‘Peak Entrepreneur?’

Unbridled ambition has become entangled with the definition of entrepreneurship. Anything less than “putting a dent in the universe” seems to be deemed “failure.” Even social entrepreneurs seem to be taking on more and more ambitious goals striving beyond the ‘progressive change’ that used to characterize the social sector. While any university that isn’t yet home to an incubator is …