What has been the most surprising thing about the journey so far?
In the early days, we were truly seen as on the fringe, servicing a “nice to have agenda.” Today, we are in the board rooms and work with some of the most talented professionals you can imagine, helping deliver business critical and core strategic projects.
The shift from “nice to have” to “mission critical” has been, perhaps not surprising, but rather, “thank god our premonitions turned out to be right”, not for our sake, but for the planet.
What’s the one key piece of advice you would give your younger self when you were starting out 15 years ago?
Surround yourself with people unlike you, with trust, patience and tolerance. Take risks, extend yourself, and trust your team.
You need a team of people with other skills and experiences than you. Countless of times I’ve been amazed by how we have been able to adapt and overcome, simply by the diversity of skills, backgrounds, experiences and networks we have.
What do you see in the next 15 years?
In a world that is rapidly decarbonising (to meet zero by 2050), sustainability is integrated and ingrained into everything we do. Every engineer, banker, architect, teacher, nurse, public servant, chef and pilot have sustainability incorporated in their training, KPIs and job description. How we help our clients deliver impact in 15 years will certainly look different compared with today.
What’s next on the horizon for Edge Impact?
We are at a point in time where we have a unique opportunity to deliver positive impact in partnership with our clients. We are in daily conversations about how we can creatively accelerate, elevate and pioneer ways to help organisations succeed by doing good.
Our challenge is how we can scale this effort, avoid the pitfalls of competing where we should be collaborating, zero-sum game thinking and ensure we continue to see this as the decade of action, where we need to dramatically step up and keep our focus on the outcomes and progress we need.