CASE Chat with Matthew Thomas, Managing Partner, Paddle

Matthew Thomas Paddle

November 2016

This month’s CASE Chat features Matthew Thomas, Managing Partner of Paddle. Previously known as Prospect Madison, Paddle is a tri-sector leadership advisory firm aimed at enhancing collaboration across the business, government and non-profit sectors to address society’s most pressing issues. In this CASE Chat, Matthew explains how he views tri-sector leadership, why it’s important in today’s business landscape, and how you can engage across sectors.

On what motivates tri-sector leaders…

“They’re also motivated by change. And that’s where the innovation comes in. They’re not happy with the status quo. Progress is what drives them.”

On developing tri-sector leadership skills…

“One way to do it and appreciate the complexity of a particular issue you care about, for example, is to spend time working in multiple different organizations. The key thing, really, is to map out the system of the issue that you care about and have a better sense of which organizations have a true interest role and stake in the problem.

On engaging across sectors…

“One of the first steps before anything else is simply to have a point of view that is larger than your organization, to think about not just what is in the best interest of, say, my business unit or even my organization. But what is in the best interest of our industry? … What is the best interest of future generations?”

Want to hear more from Matthew? Watch the full CASE Chat:

About Matthew Thomas:

Matthew Thomas is Managing Partner of Paddle. Matthew also chairs the boards of Young Canadians in Finance, Young Diplomats of Canada, and CanLeads, serves as a David Rockefeller Fellow of the Trilateral Commission, and is a member of the World Economic Forum and Banff Forum communities. You can follow Matthew on Twitter @talktomatthew

About Paddle:

Paddle is a tri-sector leadership advisory firm with offices in Toronto and San Francisco. In addition to their advisory services, Paddle recently launched a cross-sector career discovery platform aimed at helping student develop the skills they need to become tri-sector leaders in their fields. Learn more about Paddle here.

About CASE Chats:

The CASE Chats video series features the movers and shakers in the field of social entrepreneurship sharing their insights on tri-sector leadership, impact investing, social ventures, and more.  View the all the CASE Chats here.