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 …

Reflections of Our CEO: Leadership Lessons from a Global Pandemic

The view to my right, off the starboard side of a BC Ferry is magnificent. The ocean reflects the summer sky and is textured by the warm breeze. The distant mountains on the Sunshine Coast fade into the hazy distance, a towering reminder of the unceasing patience of nature. Despite my surroundings, a knot still sits at my solar plexus—a …

The Right Approach to Impact Measurement

Just when you got the hang of measuring your carbon footprint, things got more complicated again. Do you have what it takes to measure social impact the right way? There isn’t a single “right way” to measure social impact, but that doesn’t mean it’s a free-for-all. You can’t simply measure whatever you want and post it on your blog as …

Let’s Talk About Race

Have you been shocked by the American protests and police violence over the past week? Are you feeling fearful at what to say about George Floyd? About his killer, Derek Chauvin? Your shock and your fear aren’t what you think they are. We wrote this post with some of our clients in mind—dozens of them are like-minded, change making organizations …

Emerge Stronger with Projects

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasingly complex interplay of systemic challenges around the world was touching all of us—in all aspects of our lives. One thing that’s being revealed to us now is the once in a lifetime chance to reimagine how we think about our work—to embrace next economy thinking. At the organizational level, a strong project skillset …

Reflections of Our CEO: Making the Most of The Time We Have

I’ve always shied away from calling myself a philosopher. I feel brash or pretentious using it to describe myself. But recently a friend graciously indulged my inner philosopher, opening in me a new permission to take up that label. And it was just in time, for in this moment of crisis around the world, we will all benefit from thoughtful, wise responses.

In this week’s post, Mike Rowlands shares insights into a ‘juicy, generative conversation’ he had recently with his friend Steve Rio—a conversation you can now hear via Steve’s podcast, NOW with Steve Rio.