Women as Microfinance Leaders, Not Just Clients

Harvard Business Review

We're a network of microfinance organizations; we exist to share practices and develop the leadership skills required by a sector that has grown up fast. And as you might be aware, microfinance is a phenomenon that, while it did not set out to be "for women," has mainly turned out to be. It's vital to reverse the trend and help microfinance institutions attract, train, and retain talented women. Diversity Gender microfinance WWB

The Innovation Mindset in Action: Shantha Ragunathan

Harvard Business Review

Although she was poor in resources, she possessed the innovation mindset shared by many game changers: they see and act on opportunities , use "and" thinking to resolve tough dilemmas and break through compromises, and employ their resourcefulness to power through obstacles. Innovators maintain a laser focus on outcomes , avoid getting caught in the activity trap , and proactively "expand the pie" to make an impact. India Innovation

Servant Leadership Observer ? November 2010

Modern Servant Leader

Who Is Accountable for Your Career? Careers for Servant Leaders. Peer-to-Peer Microfinance: A Sustainable Solution to Poverty. Career. Innovation. Twitter. LINKEDIN. The Modern Servant Leader Servant Leadership & Technology. Leadership. Technology. Resources.

Entrepreneurship Needs to Be a Bigger Part of U.S. Foreign Aid

Harvard Business Review

Further, how can we engender the rock star aura of American entrepreneurship in places where NGO and government jobs are safer career bets for would-be, could-be, should-be startup founders? Here are two surprising facts. First, the average American estimates that over 25% of the U.S.

How Social Entrepreneurs Can Have the Most Impact

Harvard Business Review

Civic Ventures had recently released its first survey of baby boomers and found at least half were interested in “ encore careers ” helping others. Or consider Kwabena Darko of Ghana, who helped found that country’s microfinance sector by forging a collaboration between global NGO Opportunity International , his national startup Sinapi Aba , and a myriad of village- and town-based trust groups. Social enterprise in the U.S. is a fast-growing, but fragmented, movement.

How to Make Room in Your Work Life for the Rest of Your Self

Harvard Business Review

If the hum of your career has become so deafening that you struggle to hear those other parts of your life, you’re not alone. For example, one person—a pastor, karate teacher, and yoga instructor—told us about reconciling her jobs into a fulfilling career. Embracing your multiple identities can improve your ability to take others’ perspectives and engage in creative and innovative behavior. VANDAL Photography/Getty Images.

Entrepreneurs: You're More Important Than Your Business Plan

Harvard Business Review

But he also understood that while a career as a professional athlete was extremely unlikely, sports itself was a multi-billion dollar industry with great opportunity as coaches, trainers, even youth camp organizers. "Would you take a look at my business plan?".