Posts Tagged ‘capacity’

Why Social Entrepreneurship Fails to Scale

Thursday, August 9, 2012 8:06 Comments Off

Over the last month or so, I have been spending a lot of time on the issues related to stabilizing and scaling social entrepreneurs in Asia. Particularly tose in Hong Kong and Mainland China. It is an issue that has been ongoing, and in a recent post Four Gaps in Social Entrepreneurship  Frogtek highlighted four of […]

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The Power of Firms to do Good

Wednesday, August 8, 2012 8:31 Comments Off

This evening while speaking with the CSR manager of a large services firm, we were discussing the impact that a CSR manager can have within the firm. It was an interesting conversation because (1) it was centered around corporate volunteering, the structure that a corporation has in place, and the ability of a single person […]

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Upcoming Workshop: Poly U Social Entrepreneurship

Friday, July 13, 2012 20:45 Comments Off

If you are aspired to build a successful career as Social Entrepreneur, don’t miss the chance to attend the one-day intensive workshops conducted by Mr Richard Brubaker, one of one of Asia’s most prominent speakers on the issues of CSR, Sustainability, and Social Entrepreneurship. The workshop is exclusively opened for PolyU students and alumni. Content […]

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Sometimes They Just Want to Be Employees

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 0:22 Comments Off

For many organizations, increasing headcount is a sign of “making it”, of “scale”,but as my former CEO once said to me when I asked to be made the GM of their Shanghai branch: “You really don’t want the job and manage an office full of people.  Stay in the field, make money, and leave the […]

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How Do Social Entrepreneurs Maintain Positive Energy?

Friday, May 11, 2012 7:10 Comments Off

A few weeks back, while a friend was preparing to give a presentation about her work (motivating others), she asked me a couple of questions about how I maintained my positive energy while constantly battling through barriers.  It was an interesting way to frame it, positive energy, as it is something that I (and other […]

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Are NGOs Hiring the Wrong People?

Thursday, May 3, 2012 8:23 2 Comments

A couple of days back I was contacted by a headhunter looking to fill a position for a large international NGO. A senior role, she contacted me because she thought I would know the right person, and she had it clear it wasn’t me. IT wasn’t until I read the JD that I understood why: […]

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What Prevents Social Enterprises from Scaling

Monday, April 16, 2012 8:03 Comments Off

A recent clip of Malini Mehra, Founder & CEO for the Centre for Social Markets  answering the question of “What holds Socially business from scale?” presents an great opportunity to open a discussion about the problems that many social businesses have with their business plans. In the 2 minute clip, she mentions three issues that […]

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Moving Students into the Longtail of Sustainability

Monday, April 9, 2012 18:13 Comments Off

The other day while working with some colleagues on a paper, we began discussing the various approaches to sustainability and responsible leadership that we are seeing within the business school community. A discussion that has been taking place for several years, but what was interesting about this review was to see the progress that has […]

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5 Steps Towards Better Corporate Philanthropy

Friday, February 17, 2012 8:03 Comments Off

5 Steps to Developing a Successful Corporate Philanthropy Program Through my work, working with firms looking to develop “CSR” programs in China, more often than not the conversations I have revolved around donating money. For many firms, even those experienced in philanthropy, China can be a difficult place. The groups who are able to accept […]

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Leading Business Schools Off the “Grid” to Develop Responsible Leaders

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 8:50 Comments Off

For the last three years, I have been fortunate to be working at the China Europe International Business school as an Adjunct Professor of Sustainability and Responsible Leadership. In this time I have facilitated a course that over 600 students have been required to take, and why it is different (and so much fun) is […]

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