Karrikins Group Strengthens Commitment to Help Leaders and Organizations Grow: Community Investment Solutions Practice Sold to EY*

Karrikins Group Strengthens Commitment to Help  Leaders and Organizations Grow:  Community Investment Solutions Practice Sold to EY*Karrikins Group, a global behavior change firm, celebrates its Community Investment Strategy (CIS) team as they join international professional services firm EY, effective March 1. The sale will broaden the social impact reach created by CIS and will allow Karrikins Group to focus on its core work with global companies seeking to accelerate growth.

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When Agreement is Disagreeable: 4 Keys to Leading Your Team

When Agreement is Disagreeable: 4 Keys to Leading Your TeamLeadership is tough. Don’t make it tougher by stopping at clarity about your direction and expectations. Using words that people understand is actually pretty easy. Getting people to agree, align, and believe in your direction and your expectations is where the hard work of leadership starts. 

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Bringing Purpose to Community Investment: Overcoming Hurdles to Purpose-Alignment

Bringing Purpose to Community Investment: Overcoming Hurdles to Purpose-AlignmentIn the context of our recent Karrikins Brief, Purpose-Aligned Leadership: From Purpose-Driven to Driving Purpose, a question has been coming up a lot: “how should purpose play out in community investment (CI) and CSR?” This question will resonate with many of our clients and partners as much as it does with us – after all, we have for many years worked to maximise the business value and social impact of community investment.Our view is that CSR broadly, and community investment specifically, should be a living, breathing manifestation of the purpose of your business. 

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How Clarifying Purpose Drives Alignment

How Clarifying Purpose Drives AlignmentDo you know where the word kangaroo comes from? According to one story, two Australian explorers came across the iconic biped for the first time and asked a local Aboriginal man “What on earth is that creature?”. Their answer - “Kangaroo”. “Too easy!” the explorers thought and proceeded on their journey with a little more knowledge under their belt. The only problem is that “kangaroo” means “I don’t understand you” in the local Aboriginal tongue. Miscommunication can emerge in virtually any setting and businesses are no exception. Purpose can be a unifying and clarifying force if purpose is first clarified and united with the broader organization. 

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Is Your Organization Purpose-Aligned?

Is Your Organization Purpose-Aligned? Purpose alignment is about ensuring that mindsets, behaviors, and environments are set to deliver on the impact you want to have in your community, your industry, your business, and with your employees. Consider the following 10 questions to help determine if your organization is purpose-aligned. 

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Is Your Purpose Lightning or Thunder in the World?

Is Your Purpose Lightning or Thunder in the World? Having a clearly stated purpose that drives leadership behavior is one way to both steer in the right direction and mitigate mishaps. It also helps attract and retain employees who are committed to your brand and leads to a better world for all. What’s not to love about it? Turns out, quite a bit. 

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Hard Truths and Worthy Challenges: The Choice of Purpose-Aligned Leadership

Hard Truths and Worthy Challenges:  The Choice of Purpose-Aligned Leadership In the last year we saw the power of purpose brought to life by organizations who align both leadership behaviors and organizational impact to purpose; bringing together individual mindsets and actions with the collective weight of enterprise to do work that truly matters. We call this trend: purpose-aligned leadership. 

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Starting the conversation: Going from "we need to talk" to actually talking

Starting the conversation: Going from "we need to talk" to actually talking This is the second post in a two-part blog series that examines the importance of financial conversations. This post provides some practical strategies to build financial interventions that teach people to have constructive money conversations.

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We need to talk: Why financial conversations may be the missing link in financial wellbeing interventions

We need to talk: Why financial conversations may be the missing link in financial wellbeing interventionsThis is the first post in a two-part blog series that examines the importance of financial conversations. This first post provides an overview of the research on the link between conversations and financial wellbeing.

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Around in Circles: Breaking Circular Conversations and Getting to Alignment Through Tension Discovery

Around in Circles:  Breaking Circular Conversations and Getting to Alignment Through Tension Discovery Imagine that you’re sitting in a planning session with your department heads. Your VP of Marketing and your CTO are debating the merits of moving to an automated customer service platform. Marketing emphasizes the need for real-world customer experiences. IT stresses the cost savings and efficiencies to be gained via automation and outsourcing. Both have valid points — that’s not the problem. The problem is that neither are backing down. The conversation circles round and round for an hour, eating up everyone’s time.

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