Ensuring Wellbeing: A New Mandate for the Next Economy

This is the sixth post in our series on principles of the next economy—principles business must embrace if we’re all to #emergestronger after the COVID pandemic. As the stink of bombs still hung in the air and as the world came to grips with the unimaginable horrors of the holocaust, 730 delegates from 44 countries gathered in July 1944 at …

Encouraging Equity: A Next Economy Imperative

Junxion President & CEO Mike Rowlands addresses the imperative to encourage equity in our leadership, organizations, and communities. This is the fifth post in our next economy series—a call to brave up and emerge stronger post-COVID. The work of economic recovery that lies ahead brings a profound opportunity to reshape our economies to serve all stakeholders. We must reflect on …

All Together Now…Stakeholder Engagement is Key

This is the fourth post in our next economy series—a call to brave up and emerge stronger post-COVID. Junxion President & CEO Mike Rowlands describes why stakeholder engagement is now a vital part of every leaders’ work. In Billingsgate, London, about halfway between London Bridge and the Tower, stand the remains of what was once a parish church. Patched up …

Trust, Transparency and the Next Economy

The third post in our next economy series – a call to brave up and emerge stronger post-COVID, Junxion President & CEO Mike Rowlands explores the fundamental role trust and transparency will play. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” The lesson of the cliché is simple: despite our most positive intentions, trouble may come, and the impacts …

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Embracing Values: Leading in the Next Economy

The second post in our next economy series, Junxion President & CEO Mike Rowlands explores values and how values based leadership will be fundamental for emerging stronger post COVID. The inevitable finally came to pass: America’s game show host in chief, driven by who knows what neuroses and clinging to his ever-extractive, winner-takes-all mindset, encouraged an unruly mob of morons …

It’s Time to RESET Stakeholder Capitalism

Fifty years ago, on September 13, 1970, the New York Times published an essay advocating that regardless of a company’s impacts on people, communities, or the planet, shareholders’ interests must come first. Half a century later, we’re reaping the results: racial injustice, deep economic crises, and an existential climate emergency. As the Times itself said on Sunday, “It was the …

Team Engagement in a Time of Crisis

Doubling down on business as usual is an understandable reaction in a crisis. Some see it as a noble way to weather the storm. The orchestra playing on the Titanic in the midst of chaos is celebrated, even legendary. We are told that leaders should act this way, even when it’s an irrational or excessively risky strategy, because… that’s what …

The Call to Social Purpose

The global pandemic continues to unfold around the world, showing us the fragility of economies, social systems, and even ourselves. As we think about how we might ‘emerge stronger’ and ‘build back better,’ many of us are calling for recovery planning to carry us into a purpose-led, 21st century economy. We know now, beyond doubt, that businesses that put social …