065: Influence 3.0: Upgrade from Leadership to Impact

Engaging Leader

In the early 90s, the Iron Curtain fell. More people started using the Internet, and then the Web. The world was becoming smaller, more diverse, and more connected. Market conditions changed more quickly, and became more complex and harder to predict.

Lessons from Amazonian Culture and Ecology for Talent Management

Mills Scofield

In Ecuador, we’ve developed very strict rules and very high standards for our team and our suppliers, working against the tendency of people to see us as just another NGO that is “here to help” (aka doesn’t take our work seriously).

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Change Your Social Context, Change Your Life


We received a lot of press, and I was frequently asked to join bank, for profit, and NGO boards. by Gary Cohen “A man is but the product of his thoughts; what he thinks, he becomes.” – Gandhi. Social context affects the way you behave, think, and interpret the world.

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Global NGOs Spend More on Accounting Than Multinationals

Harvard Business Review

NGO board members, especially those with corporate backgrounds who understand the importance of investment, must change the mindset that equates success with revenues and views low overhead as a proxy for organizational effectiveness. billion NGO with operations in 97 countries.

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Should Your Business Be Nonprofit or For-Profit?

Harvard Business Review

While our primary focus is in India, Embrace is doing pilot projects with NGO partners in 10 countries, and we hope to further scale this year.

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If You're Out to Change the World, How Do You Know When to Move On?

Harvard Business Review

Every international NGO (INGO) and aid agency involved in water supply has a mission statement along the lines of "we envision a world where no one dies of a water-related disease."

A Business Model for Bangladesh

Harvard Business Review

Such an intermediary organization (in this case probably an NGO) would collect the extra 3.3%, build relationships with buyers and sellers and would use the trust of its relationships to have the confidence to certify that clothing was produced according to proper standards.

The Social Franchise Model Works in Times of Uncertainty

Harvard Business Review

government withdrew funding from all American NGO's, Yemen-EFE was granted an exemption because it is an entirely local entity. One hundred million. That's the number of young people across the Middle East and North Africa who will need employment opportunities in the coming decades.

Delivering on the Promise of Private-Public Partnerships

Harvard Business Review

The numbers are staggering: 884 million people do not have access to safe drinking water, and 2.6 billion people — over half of the developing world's population — lack access to basic sanitation. Unilever believes these are basic human rights.

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Accelerating Customer Adoption at the Bottom of the Pyramid

Harvard Business Review

Decades of hit-or-miss advice from government, companies, and NGO's has reinforced farmers' already skeptical view of new solutions. Groundbreaking solutions often never reach scale.

The Era of Corporate Silence on Climate Policy Is Ending

Harvard Business Review

In the World Economic Forum''s Global Risks 2013 report, the respondents named "rising greenhouse gas emissions" as the third most likely risk to the global economy (after inequity and deficits/debt). Climate Action Partnership ( USCAP ), led mainly by the NGO Environmental Defense.

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Morning Advantage: A Supply Chain Solution to an Age-Old Problem

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When disaster strikes, the NGO would set up pop-up warehouses in those locations to channel relief directly from the manufacturers to the myriad micro sites. Time after time, three issues continue to bedevil global flood relief efforts — lack of advance preparation, lack of attention to floods too small to grab the international spotlight, and lack of economic recovery efforts after the waters abate.

The Big Trends Changing Community Development

Harvard Business Review

It’s a valid question, but disappointingly, almost no NGO can point to evidence of impact. Big trends in business and society tend to march along at a measured pace. When change happens fast in some area, it’s usually because multiple trends are converging to accelerate the process. This is what is going on now in community development. Three lines of progress are crossing, and rapidly reshaping how businesses and nonprofits together strengthen the locales in which they operate.

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10 Sustainable Business Stories Too Important to Miss

Harvard Business Review

Started by the NGO Ceres, as part of its Business for Innovative Climate & Energy Policy (BICEP) initiative, the Climate Declaration is a broad statement of intent that acting on climate will be good for our economy and society. Somehow it’s already year-end, a time to look back and try to make sense of what’s happened. Creating any “top” list of stories from 12 months is nearly impossible.

Meet Your New R&D Team: Social Entrepreneurs

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As Steve Davis, former lead in McKinsey's Social Innovation practice and president of the global health NGO, Path, has said: "The best social innovations are not necessarily widely adopted. The smartest minds in social innovation are increasingly committed to engaging with the private sector to make significant changes in areas like health, education, and poverty.

New Lessons from Fighting an Ancient Disease

Harvard Business Review

To do so, we enlisted one of our NGO partners to teach our IT team how to use geographic information systems (GIS). Three people die every minute from tuberculosis — a treatable and largely preventable disease. Resistant forms continue to thrive, and increased travel makes the global threat very real. We face a public health emergency.

What’s Different About Enterprise IT in Africa

Harvard Business Review

Another example of an infrastructure patch that has already gotten attention in the West is BRCK, the spin-off commercial service from renowned NGO Ushahidi. Anyone following developments in the African IT space from afar can be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about the consumer, and that applications and services for business lag far behind. That’s understandable — the growth of the consumer mobile market in Africa has been spectacular.

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Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2012

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The Obama administration issued new standards to double the fuel economy of cars and trucks , and the National Resources Defense Council (an NGO) proposed using the Clean Air Act to reduce emissions from power plants by 25%. Five Questions For 2013. on to 2013.

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

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From 1993 to 2013 the cattle herd in the Brazilian Amazon rain forest — covering most of country’s northern region — expanded by nearly 200%, to more than 60 million head. For our study, we focused in detail on 10 ranches participating in the Novo Campo program and on Fazenda São Marcelo, a large ranch that has been Rainforest Alliance certified since 2012, working with the Brazilian NGO Imaflora.