Increasingly, Companies Use Independent Professionals for Longer Projects

The 2016 Corporate On-Demand Talent Report is a comprehensive study of corporate use of on-demand talent in a new economy. For this report, Work Market surveyed decision-makers at more than 1,000 U.S. companies. Over the next few posts, we will examine… Read More

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Stress Rampant in Traditional Workforce

If you suspect that the traditional workforce is more stressful than ever before -- especially for women -- you are right.

In January, The Huffington Post discussed constantly increasing workplace stress in an article titled The American Workplace Is Broken. Here’s How We Can Start Fixing It.  Here are a few excerpts we thought you might find relevant:
Americans are working longer and harder hours than ever before. Eighty-three percent of workers say they’re stressed about their jobs, nearly 50 percent say work-related stress is interfering with their sleep, and 60 percent use their smartphones to check in with work outside of normal working hours. It’s no wonder that only 13 percent of employees worldwide feel engaged in their occupations. Read More

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Working It Out: Is outsourcing your best opportunity?

For many young companies, the pressing question is whether to commit precious resources to a full-time hire — or to outsource some tasks
It's no secret that Colorado is an entrepreneurial mecca. The state was ranked fourth in startup activity nationwide, with 350 people out of every 100,000 adults becoming entrepreneurs every month, according to The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurship. Read More

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By 2025, the #1 place to work could be wherever you are sitting

There is a clear shift shaking up today’s labor force. Technological advances and a growing comfort-level with alternative work arrangements are fundamentally changing how people work.

This trend is not just entrepreneurs leaving the “comforts” of corporate America to build a better mousetrap. It also includes service professionals going out on their own – pursuing intellectual, economic, and personal independence and balance.

Companies are using this on-demand talent at higher levels than ever before. In addition, amenities that serve this freelance national are growing rapidly. Read More

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Why having women at the table is good for your bottom line

Our Canopy consultants have held management positions in big companies. They have opted out of the C-suite track but continue to do project-based work at that level for our clients. We love helping our consultants thrive and find balance professionally and personally, so noteworthy stories like this one about women in business pique our interest.

We often hear lopsided statistics about the lack of women at the CEO level, but a new global study of 22,000 public companies in 91 countries looked at something else – what about when women hold a significant percentage of management positions just shy of the corner office? Read More

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Former Prologis CEO, Walt Rakowich’s tips for how to build trust in any organization

It was 2007 and Prologis, a darling on Wall Street for the previous decade, experienced a rapid decline in stock price from $70 to $2 a share in a matter of months.  In the blink of an eye, the one time investor favorite became the 3rd worst performing stock on the S&P.

What changed?  Why the rapid decline in the company’s previously stellar performance? The Prologis board reached out to Walt Rakowich to answer those questions and turn the company around. Read More

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Canopy Advisory Group’s “Third Way” Expands to Seattle

Canopy Advisory Group, a Denver-based portfolio of multi-disciplinary consultants who received national attention for offering seasoned professionals a “third way” to approach work-life mix, announced today an expansion to the Seattle market. Canopy’s alternative solution effectively serves both highlancers – professionals with big-firm, big-brand training – who intentionally left the full-time employment landscape and employers seeking strategic support without the nuances of onboarding a new employee.

Complete article at DenverPost.com. Read More

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An Interim Executive Director at Your Nonprofit?

Top Ten (11, actually) Reasons Why It Can Be a Godsend

It provides the needed expertise to run a nonprofit business, ESPECIALLY when there’s a likelihood of existing confusion, transitional and other change, possible demoralization.
It puts an “outsider” with no organizational baggage in the position of guiding, stabilizing, running the organization. Read More

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Canopy Advisory Group’s “Third Way” Speaks to Top New Year’s Resolutions: More Meaningful Work, Reduce Stress

According to Forbes*, today’s professional hopes to welcome the New Year with new outcomes including more meaningful work, less stress, and better work-life balance. As these professionals search for career opportunities that are right for them, a third way – something between opting out and leaning in to the big firms – has begun to take hold. One such example of the third way is being coined the “highlancer,” a model proved lucrative for early entrant, Canopy Advisory Group.

The term refers to a new breed of freelance professionals who are highly qualified, having typically attended prestigious undergraduate or graduate schools and later honed their skills at a big firm. Their experience in the corporate world, however, has left them feeling disillusioned, dissatisfied and looking for an alternative. Read More

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Confluence Denver features Canopy as a leader in the rise of the ‘Highlancer’

Canopy Advisory Group is featured today in Confluence Denver, a publication that highlights Denver’s game changers with a specific focus on entrepreneurship, startups, place building and arts and culture. We are proud to be a leader helping ‘highlancers' create fulfilling careers as independent consultants. There is a true third way between opting out and leaning in; we are at forefront of this evolving on-demand workforce and passionate about connecting our talent to the needs of the business and nonprofit communities.   Read More

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