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September 27, 2023

B Corps Make a Legal Commitment to Stakeholder Governance for a Sustainable Future

Through B Corp Certification, businesses commit to a stakeholder governance model that legally requires them to consider the impact of their actions on all stakeholders. By incorporating responsibility to stakeholders into their company’s legal DNA, B Corps aim to protect the environment for future generations and uplift the people who contribute to their success…

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January 9, 2023

How To Have Tough Conversations With Employees

Missteps by Google CEO highlight need to convey messages with honesty and empathy, says expert. If you pay attention to media reports, it’s pretty likely that a recession and bad economic times are just around the corner for Canadians. And this could have a great effect on organizations who might be looking to cut costs by laying off staff — as we’ve seen already with large firms such as Amazon and Meta. For employers and senior leaders, this means challenging dialogue is ahead. But what is the best way to approach these talks?…

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December 13, 2022

How To Prepare For Business Chaos?

On this week’s episode of Innovation Fuel, John Kay, CEO of Realize Strategies, joins hosts Dave Keighron and Dr. Gelareh Farhadian to discuss entrepreneurial challenges and how he and his team can help avoid significant issues by putting the correct practices in place. They talk about why entrepreneurs turn to consultants when chaos ensues and when the best time is to get help before something catastrophic happens in your business…

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August 4, 2022

Can North America’s downtowns reverse their downturns?

Shop owner Clay Simpson is confident that adding a cocktail bar to his store will bring in more clientele. Mr Simpson and his co-founder opened Clayton & Crume, an upmarket leather goods outlet, in the city of Louisville, Kentucky, in 2019, six months before the start of the coronavirus pandemic… After surviving the various lockdowns, he says that customer numbers are still below where they were three years ago…

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July 15, 2022

Marketing News Canada, Ted Lau interviews John Kay, CEO of Realize Strategies

In this episode of Marketing News Canada, Ted Lau interviews John Kay, CEO of Realize Strategies. Ted and John chat about his role at Realize Strategies, an organizational design and innovation firm and global award-winning B-Corp. John shares advice on employee retention and how to successfully run a certified B-Corp business. He also provides some suggestions for making sustainable changes within an organization…

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June 5, 2022

John Kay, CEO of Realize Strategies on an innovative, people-first approach to business post-pandemic

Over the last twenty years, John Kay has held senior and executive positions in both the private and public sectors, and supported projects spanning social services, real estate, insurance, finance, food and beverage, education, arts, tourism, and more. As a Principal Consultant at Realize Strategies, John assists executive clients in driving sustainable, transformative organizational change through strategy, governance, culture, and business model innovation…

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May 28, 2022

Why Investing in Your Employees is the Top Recruitment Strategy in a Post-Covid World

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” That quote, from the opening to Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities, is an apt metaphor for spring 2022. Offices have re-opened. “In real life” meetings are on again. Vancouver’s downtown core is buzzing again after two years of auditioning for ghost town status. Truly, the best of times…assuming, that is, you were craving a return to the halcyon days of life before COVID…

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May 28, 2022

John Kay of Realize Strategies: Five Things Business Leaders Can Do To Create A Fantastic Work Culture

Be honest. Be authentic. Be vulnerable. It used to be that managers were supposed to be infallible or they would be seen as weak leaders. Those days are over. Workers want to know that managers and executives are just like them. This is something I do with my team. If I’ve screwed up, or I’m uncertain about something, I tell them…

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April 21, 2022

How to Cultivate a Culture of Resilience and Excellence In the Face of Crisis

Launching a resilient startup is like riding the most terrifying roller-coaster you could ever imagine. Just ask anyone who’s ever tried it. It’s a white-knuckle experience. Now, imagine trying to launch a resilient start-up during the worst global public health crisis in 100 years. It’s a white-knuckle experience on steroids…

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