|1. 17th ANNUAL CEO SURVEY – FIT FOR THE FUTURE
As capitalism and the global economy continue to evolve, how are CEOs responding to this changing global footprint?
While opportunities for strategic growth grow tougher, twice as many CEOs as polled in the 2013 survey believe the global economy will improve in the next 12 months.
CEOs feel three fundamental external forces will most greatly impact their businesses in the next five years:
1) Technological Advances – harnessing technology to create value in new ways
2) Demographic Changes – capitalizing on shifts to develop tomorrow’s
3) Global Economic Shifts – serving consumers in a new economic landscape
2. WHY BUSINESS CAN BE GOOD AT SOLVING SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Michael Porter’s TED Talk – Jun 2013
Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems?
Though Porter admits he’s biased he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water.
Why you may ask? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit – which lets that solution grow.
To go deeper into Porter’s thinking check out his HBR article, Shared Value, which spawned this awesome Ted Talk along with his follow up report for FSG, Measuring Shared Value!
3. WHY AREN’T WE MORE COMPASSIONATE
Daniel Goleman’s TED Talk – Jun 2013
What do you think of compassion when it comes to leading others and high performing teams? Do you feel you’re a compassionate leader?
In this fascinating Talk, Daniel Goleman asks why people aren’t more compassionate more of the time and opens the door to understanding a person’s “success” from an EI perspective.
Goleman asserts that people are hard-wired to feel compassion and establish a standard of self-regard as the appropriate way to treat others.
4. THE BIG LIE OF STRATEGIC PLANNING
Roger Martin in HBR – Jan 2014
Strategy-making forces executives to confront a future they can only guess at. It’s not surprising they try to make the task less daunting by comprehensively planning how to achieve its short and long-term goals.
But good strategy is not the product of endless research and modeling; it’s the result of a simple process of thinking through how to hit a target and whether it’s realistic to try.
Discomfort is part of the process. As Martin says, if you’re entirely comfortable, your strategy probably isn’t very good!
5. WHY MOST OF WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT MANAGEMENT IS…DEAD WRONG
Steve Denning in Forbes – Jan 2014
Wondering how your organization and management will evolve in the new age of Capitalism and a changing global economy?
Denning states two distinct economies have emerged on the heels of recent incredible social and economic changes:
- Traditional – the one of factories, command and control, economies of scale, big hierarchical bureaucracies
- Creative – the technology-driven one of continuous innovation, transformation, and profitable ecosystems
Organizational shifts toward a more ‘Creative’ management structure will directly impact companies’:
- Organizational Goals – shifting focus from inward (shareholders) to outward (ecosystems)
- Organizational Structures – from controlling people to enabling collaboration
- Coordination of Work – from hierarchical bureaucracies to regular direct interaction
- Firm’s Values – from single-minded profits to growing accompanying ecosystems
- Communications – from top-down directives to multi-directional conversations
6. SOUTHWEST MOTIVATES…WITH A PURPOSE
Carmine Gallo in Forbes – Jan 2014
Do your employees feel as though they’re part of something, something with a purpose, a purpose far beyond receiving a cheque twice a month?
In January 2013 Southwest unveiled a new corporate vision and purpose, intended to motivate an internal audience of employees to raise their game.
Incredibly their plan will leverage the power of storytelling to ensure its 46,000 employees deeply understand and engage with the company’s strategy and vision every day.
7. CONSCIOUS CAPITALISM
By John Mackey, Rajendra Sisodia, Bill George
Check out this book at Amazon
What do Whole Foods, Starbucks, SouthWest, and Costco all have in common? They all practice ‘conscious capitalism’.
According to the authors, John Mackey (Co-CEO of Whole Foods) and Raj Sisodia (Professor, Bentley University), conscious capitalism is an evolving paradigm for business that simultaneously creates multiple kinds of value and well-being for all stakeholders: financial, intellectual, physical, ecological, social, cultural, emotional, ethical, and even spiritual.
The book “Conscious Capitalism” promotes a business culture that embodies trust, accountability, caring, transparency, integrity, loyalty, and egalitarianism.
The management ideal of conscious Capitalism contains four key elements:
However for these ideals to be successful careful attention must be paid to four underlying tenets:
- Higher purpose and core values
- Stakeholder integration
- Conscious leadership
- Conscious culture and management
To learn about how the practice of conscious capitalism is creating competitive advantage also check out – Companies that Practice Conscious Capitalism Perform 10x Better (HBR)
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