Chris: After spending more than two decades climbing the corporate ladder, only to find more intense pressure of “doing even more with less”, facing burnout at an early age, and recognizing that she lost her passions along the way, my wife Chris was at her wits end. I will never forget that moment when we were sitting on the beach watching the sunset at the end of a week-long vacation when Chris turned to me and said, “I can’t keep doing this, I don’t want to go back to work on Monday. I need something different – something more than a paycheck”. She had worked hard to achieve a certain level of success and it just was not as glorified as she dreamed it to be. She wasn’t waking up each morning feeling fulfilled or feeling like she was using her talents for the greater good. She should have been refreshed after a week-long vacation, but instead dreaded going back to work. She didn’t know exactly what she wanted to do but she knew she could no longer settle for what she was doing.
James: My career path, on the other hand, was quite different, working in non-profits since I was 21 years of age. At this time of my wife’s “realization”, I was at a “glass ceiling” of my own, working as the founder/executive director of a non-profit that housed chronically homeless individuals with mental illness. It wasn’t my own nonprofit however; it was part of a conglomerate of nonprofits tucked under a parent community mental health center. I loved what I did, but wanted to earn more money than they were willing and able to pay, and I didn’t want to sacrifice the personal fulfillment that I had in my work life.
Together: We were both stuck, but on opposite ends of the spectrum. We both felt like the choice was to either make a lot of money doing a job we are not passionate about OR sacrifice making money to do personally rewarding work. We really wanted both…to do meaningful work and make money doing it…at least to maintain the lifestyle we had become accustomed too.
It just so happened that right before this vacation, I was approached about consulting outside my organization, so in an effort to come up with our third option, I proposed “what if you quit your job and we start consulting, combining our expertise (unique lenses of corporate and non-profit) for one price, but only work with businesses that are or want to be socially responsible? We could spend the next chapter of our lives promoting people and businesses that do good for others and/or the environment.
That was all it took for us both to jump in. On that day, Glenn and Company was born. Our Noble Cause is to promote and grow “businesses for good”. We believe the world would be a better place if every business had a cause baked into their organizational DNA. Since 2015, we have used our collective experience, as well as our nationwide network, to help organizations thrive by growing their social impact.
The choice between “doing well financially” or “doing good for others” is no longer the only two options. You can do both, and we can show you how.
We Grow People
Working alongside executive or leadership teams on goal, program, or strategy creation/implementation.
We Grow Organizations
Working "behind the scenes" with executives or leadership teams on innovation and/or goal, program or strategy creation/implementation.
We Grow Relationships
Facilitating small group, business or leadership development sessions; skill development for staff, mentorship and/or growth strategy implementation.
Why a change is needed
Food for Thought
Research continues to show that employers are now demanding their organizations have a social cause. A decade ago there was satisfaction in simply "not doing bad," but now "they need to do good."
Consumers are starting to view business-supported social causes as a moral imperative (since "businesses have the greatest potential to improve the health of our planet and citizens"), and as they become prosperous, they have obligation to improve the conditions of a system that has helped them succeed.
Social impact initiatives create competitive immunity - makes your company more sustainable in the long-term and consumers will adjust buying behavior to support socially responsible companies.
Social responsibility creates cycle to prosperity for employers, building loyalty from the employee and customer, usually regardless of industry.
Collaboration and Innovation
Improves our ability to compete and attracts business opportunities.
Millennials and baby boomers are looking to work for (and support) organizations that prioritize social impact, which is, in turn, pushing the rest of the workforce to take this into considerations.
As the market evolves to support these for benefit enterprises, early movers and leaders have the most to gain from this shifting system. In other words, the sooner companies shift to being socially responsible, the more successful they will be in the future.