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by Shannon Houde

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The soft stuff matters most: How to create scalable impact in a complex global culture

Martha Herrera Gonzalez is known as a pioneer for how she has taken a global extractives business, Cemex, to its next stage of engagement and embedding of corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles across more than 50 countries. Her message is simple: Dream. Listen. Learn. Act. Herrera Gonzalez, who joined the building materials company 23 years ago, is director of CSR and director of the Cemex-Tec of Monterrey Center for the Development of Sustainable Communities. It’s her mission to develop and

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What does it really take to lead in these uncertain times?

Stephen Howard, chairman of Power to Change, was chief executive of Business in the Community (BitC) for 10 years. He said that leadership is a lonely place. Chief execs don’t keep their jobs long. Pressure is high to not think about things such as values. Politically, socially, financially, we are in uncertain times. Nobody trusts anybody — the bigger you are, the less you are trusted. We trust local MPs, but we don’t trust Parliament; we trust the branch manager

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Trying to be a resilient change leader in our ever-changing VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) world is not easy. We are being challenged by intelligence that is artificial, and there’s the growing threat that we someday will be replaced by robots. For perspective on how leaders and teams can factor social responsibility and sustainability into technology development, I interviewed Nathan Ott, founder of the Game Changer Index (GC Index), and Jem Davies, vice president, fellow and general manager of the

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The No. 1 way to win buy-in through hearts and minds

I am proud to be kicking off our new Purpose and People column with the chief executive of “creative change agency” Impact International, David Williams, who says good leadership is all about communicating purpose and enabling people to be their best. Back in 1980, some early media attention landed Impact a lucky break, coaching entrepreneurial managers using an experiential learning approach for what is now British Telecom. A few years later it had landed contracts with Marks & Spencer and Apple, when

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