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Jan. 17, 2023

How to Make a Big Difference, In a Sustainable Way

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So many of us look at the world we live in, and wonder how we might make a bigger impact. After a decade in academic setting, with a focus on career advising and HR, today’s guest, Claire, is now a parent to two children at the beginning of their teen years, and a new leader in elected government. And, she’s proud of how she accomplished this, even in light of her Anti Performer impulse. 

Jonathan & Karen discuss:

  • The potential blindspot of trading time for money
  • Time doesn't always equal value and results
  • Truly reviewing how many projects you have on your plate, including being human
  • Altruism and gift economy blended with the reality of needing to be remunerated 

In today’s episode we’re in conversation with:


Karen is the founder of Parachute Executive Coaching, acclaimed executive coach, advisor to senior leaders for more than two-decades, and the author of two great books, The Accidental Alpha Woman and The Complete Executive.

LISTENER: Claire - Sparketype: Advisor/Essentialist, Anti Performer

QUESTION: Listener Claire wants to devote herself to not just making a big impact on her community, but also being there for her family, exploring the development and launch of a communal housing project with a focus on the values of sustainability and simplicity, and reimagining how she might bring her vision and services to those in need, in a more egalitarian and equitable way. She’s deeply concerned about what she sees as the commoditization and consumerization of people and services.

And, she’s wondering, what’s really possible here? How can she affect the greatest change, in her community and her own and family’s lives? What decisions and models might help her figure out what to say yes and no to? 

YOUR HOST: Jonathan Fields

Jonathan is a dad, husband, award-winning author, multi-time founder, executive producer and host of the Good Life Project podcast, and co-host of SPARKED, too! He’s also the creator of an unusual tool that’s helped more than 650,000 people discover what kind of work makes them come alive - the Sparketype® Assessment, and author of the bestselling book, SPARKED.

So what is your Sparketype? Turns out, we all have a unique imprint for work that makes us come alive, this is your Sparketype. When you discover yours, everything, your entire work-life- and even parts of your personal life and relationships - begins to make sense. Until you know yours, you’re kind of fumbling in the dark. 

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