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We all saw it coming. Yep, that pesky little thing called climate change has increased the frequency and severity of natural disasters. Why? Because increasing global surface temperatures mean 1. more water vapor evaporating into the atmosphere, becoming fuel for more powerful storms to develop—including increased wind speeds—and 2. rising sea levels, leading to more flooding in previously-unaffected areas.
While we’re not here to debate whether climate change is fictitious or point fingers a...
Competing in a market on the cusp of a post-recession boom is an economic Thunderdome where only the strongest survive. Companies that made it through 2020 are formidable, to say the least. They’re relentless, resilient and ready to ascend. Investors have also evolved. Millennials — one of the largest generations in history — are “poised to reshape the economy” as they move into their prime spending years. While they may be willing to take big risks, they’re looking for investments that align...
We know that you know lumber prices are soaring (maybe that’s even what brought you to this site)
You also probably know why: During the pandemic, bored DIYers stuck inside made a run on building materials (just like they did with toilet paper), sending costs through the roof. And here’s the kicker: No one’s manning the lumber mills because they were forced to close, so there’s no easy fix for the bottlenecked supply chain. On top of the COVID-related labour and supply shortages, unyielding timber harvest quotas have the market completely boxed in.
Making adventure greener.
As much as we love to travel, there’s something that’s always bugged us: that huge carbon footprint we’ve been amassing as we soar across the skies, zig zag around landscapes by car, and zip around waterways by boat.
Although some of these things are unavoidable, there are things we can do today to start traveling more responsibly and reduce that carbon footprint. For example: Did you know that some travel sites—like Google Flights and Heathrow’s Choose Program—provi...
All the charm of a quintessential European city paired with everything a modern traveler could want.
Madrid, Madrid, Madrid A city so captivating, Mexican composer Agustín Lara couldn’t help but sing its praises. Madrid is the type of city that will reel you in and never let you go. The Spanish capital truly has a charm about it that’s unmatched; so don’t wait—go experience it for yourself.
Any trip to the city is best started in the bustling plaza of Puerta del Sol. Here, you’ll ...
Planning a seamless trip to reconnect with your crew
Travel is slowly ramping back up, which means we’re all excited to take that long-awaited group trip. In fact, in a report released by Airbnb, the company found that travel in 2021 is shifting more towards meaningful travel as opposed to mass tourism; it’s about connection more so than personal experience-having.
If you’re planning a reunion or gathering in the near future, here are some tips to help make the experience seamless.
The Great Resignation is affecting us all. As more and more workers call it quits, employers are being forced to reconcile with their retention problem. And this problem is global.
According to HR software company Personio, 38% of workers surveyed in the UK and Ireland in March 2021 plan to quit in the next six months to a year. Similarly, in the US, the Department of Labor reported that four million people quit their jobs in April 2021—the biggest spike on record. Globally, Microsoft’s surve...
Goal setting is central to the success of any mentoring relationship. As a mentor—whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned pro—you are there to help your mentee achieve their goals.
But that can seem like a daunting task for anyone. Thankfully, there is a way for you to do just that as effectively as possible—and we’re here to help.
6 Ways You Can Help Your Mentee with Goal Setting
1. Help Your Mentee Achieve Clarity with Their Goals
First, have your mentee do a brainstorm of all short-, me...
With almost all workplaces quickly pivoting to remote work in 2020, and many workplaces keeping at least a hybrid work arrangement moving forward, it’s more important than ever to ensure employees are kept engaged. At the same time, it’s now easier to disengage from work due to the lack of proximity.
So how do we solve this?
In this post, we’ll provide some tips for how to identify disengaged employees and the root problems that are causing them to disengage, as well as how to address those p...
Mentoring Champions come in all shapes and sizes; in this article, we’ll explore the roles of People Leaders or Opinion Leaders specifically. Whilst it’s important to remember that they’re not the only types of Mentoring Champions, they can help influence other team members to participate in your mentoring program with the right key message.
So how do we shape our message from our People and Opinion Leaders (a.k.a. Mentoring Champions) before we launch a program so that we can help inspire yo...
It’s easy to be drawn to those that are similar to us. In fact, it’s scientifically proven that we are and will continue to be.
According to Psychology Today, this is due to factors like:
Certainty of being liked: “We assume that someone who has a lot in common with us is more likely to like us. And in turn, we are more likely to like people if we think they like us.”
Consensual validation: “Meeting people who share our attitudes makes us feel more confident in our own attitudes about the wor...
We’ve recently discussed a few alternatives to traditional mentoring, including reverse mentoring and peer-to-peer mentoring. In this post, we’d like to take a deeper dive into yet another alternative: a Personal Advisory Board (PAB) style of mentoring.
What is a Personal Advisory Board?
A PAB consists of not one mentor, but many. Instead of having one “master mentor”, you’ll have access to a range of people with different perspectives and lived experiences.
This will allow you to build a sup...
“Traditional” mentoring is rather hierarchical—but modern mentoring has changed. In addition to reverse mentoring, another growing trend is peer mentoring.
What is peer mentoring? This is a type of mentoring relationship in which the difference in age and experience in those involved is less pronounced. First made popular by universities, peer mentoring is starting to get more play in professional environments as well.
Peer mentoring is one partner helping the other that is maybe only a littl...
As we mentioned in a previous post, reverse mentoring is when younger employees are paired with more senior or even executive team members in order to mentor them on “various topics of strategic and cultural relevance” (HBR).
Basically, it’s a mentoring relationship in which the more senior or experienced mentoring partner—someone who would traditionally be seen as the mentor—receives advice and wisdom from a younger or more junior mentoring partner.
The Perks of Reverse Mentoring
Long gone are the days when we had to be physically present to eat food from our favourite restaurants, grocery shop, see a newly-released film, or even do our jobs.
Technology—and the pandemic—have spurred us faster into an almost completely remote culture in which we don’t have to do much in person anymore.
Along with convenience, this also provides us with opportunity. And there’s no going back—the pandemic has shone a light on the flex future we should strive for that’s inclusive for all....