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Your Guide to the Rapidly Changing Future of Work

Your Guide to the Rapidly Changing Future of Work | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Skills volunteering and pro bono work with nonprofit organizations through groups like the Taproot Foundation and Ashoka's Executive in Residence program, can allow you to explore how your expertise can have value in the social impact sector. While the future remains uncertain, it is clear that skills for adaptability and jobs with purpose will be fundamental for the next generation of work.”

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Meaningful development for emerging leaders goes beyond the usual seminars and business school courses. Hands-on collaboration with leading innovators helps employees find greater meaning in their work while developing new skills. 

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Social intrapreneurship and all that jazz

Social intrapreneurship and all that jazz | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it
"One of the key enablers of social intrapreneurship is an organisational culture that fosters open dialogue, which facilitates the creative flow of ideas needed for truly innovative ideas to emerge.”
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Open dialogue is one of the key enablers to fostering innovation within an organization. Using jazz improvisation as a metaphor, this article explores the dexterity and competence necessary for successful collaboration. 

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Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward

Why Empathy Is The Force That Moves Business Forward | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

“One of the hallmarks of a successful business is its ability to harness creativity to constantly push into new territory. Without growth and innovation, businesses stagnate and eventually fade away. Those with staying power, however, have mastered an intangible, often overlooked factor that allows them to focus on the future with clarity: empathy.”

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Businesses that are successful and innovative work to develop empathic leaders. Empathy is vital to fostering creativity and enhancing employee engagement.

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Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"The ability and willingness to listen with empathy is often what sets a leader apart.  Hearing words is not adequate; the leader truly needs to work at understanding the position and perspective of the others involved in the conversation."

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Empathic listening is a critical skill for effective leaders, but how do you develop these skills? This article highlights three key behaviors associated with effective listening and explains why these behaviors are so valuable for leadership.

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The Inner Journey of the Changemaker

The Inner Journey of the Changemaker | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it
How we manage ourselves and empathize with others are as important as professional management skills in creating social impact.
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What are the guiding questions, best practices, skills, and tools changemakers need to have significant, sustainable impact within today's rapidly changing world? This article presents five stages to become a true change agent.

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FSG Webinar: The Dawn of System Leadership

FSG Webinar: The Dawn of System Leadership | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

Date: February 11, 2015

Time: 11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon PST, 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EST

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How can the unique attributes of a system leader accelerate social progress?  Peter Senge, author of "The Fifth Discipline," will lead a discussion for leaders who want to drive social change and better understand how to enable others to engage in collective leadership.

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Join October 21st Webinar on Developing 21st Century Leadership Skills through Pro Bono Collaborations

Join October 21st Webinar on Developing 21st Century Leadership Skills through Pro Bono Collaborations | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

In our world of accelerating change, business leaders, citizens and social entrepreneurs must collaborate across sectors effectively to solve complex problems. Building these relationships through pro bono collaborations requires an innovative and empathetic mindset, and cultivates critical skills that are key to leadership in a rapidly changing world.  

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On Tuesday, October 21, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Ashoka’s Executive in Residence team will host a live webinar featuring Shawn Liu, Global Head of Leadership Development at Boehringer Ingelheim, and Shannon Sisler, an Executive in Residence alumna and Senior Vice President of Talent Management & Transformation at Western Union.  The panelists will examine how pro bono collaborations create innovative leadership development opportunities for businesses by leveraging partnerships with Ashoka’s leading social entrepreneurs.  To learn more about the October 21st webinar which is free and available to all, click here

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5 Ways to Participate in Pro Bono Week

5 Ways to Participate in Pro Bono Week | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

Pro Bono Week is a global celebration of the pro bono ethic across all professions that use their talents to make a difference."

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Learn about other ways to get involved during Global Pro Bono Week, including a Twitter chat on Friday, October 24th from 2-3 PM.  Join the conversation using #probonochat

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How Intrapreneurs Are Building Better Businesses From The Inside

How Intrapreneurs Are Building Better Businesses From The Inside | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Corporations are becoming incubators for innovation as well as highly effective distributors of social change."

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The key to creating successful, sustainable social intrapreneurial ventures is that they are the product of co-creation between the corporate and non-profit partners and achieve system-changing impact while furthering the company's business goals.

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Join the Upcoming Online Course: Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health and Wellness

Join the Upcoming Online Course: Social Intrapreneurship for Innovation in Health and Wellness | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Social intrapreneurship is a methodology for sparking, cultivating, advancing and scaling social innovation within institutions by capitalizing on trends such as technology advancement and globalization, deploying agile and start-up strategies and building the core changemaker skill set."

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Ashoka has teamed up with Boehringer-Ingelheim, a world leading pharmaceutical company with a vision for "value through innovation," to develop and launch a six-week online course in social entrepreneurship to enhance innovation in the field of health and wellness. There are only two days left to apply for this exciting professional development opportunity!

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Job Seekers Aren't Stupid, So Start Being Honest With Them

Job Seekers Aren't Stupid, So Start Being Honest With Them | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it
The real reason you can't find the right candidate is because your brand is indistinguishable from the rest.
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Differentiate your recruitment by providing unique opportunities for your company's emerging leaders.

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Intrapreneurship Conference - New York - October 21-23 2015

Intrapreneurship Conference - New York - October 21-23 2015 | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Whatever the industry you are in and regardless of the phase of your intrapreneurship programs, you’ll get to learn the best and next practices to help you take the next step."

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Connect with corporate entrepreneurs, innovation managers and leading change makers to explore how to cultivate the purpose-driven intrapreneur in your field. Featuring Joseph Agoada, Global Communication & Social Intrapreneurship Specialist at Ashoka.

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Purpose-Driven Strategy: Creating a Sustainable Business While Solving the World's Challenges

Purpose-Driven Strategy: Creating a Sustainable Business While Solving the World's Challenges | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Putting purpose at the heart of strategy inspires companies to think differently about innovation; to reach beyond incremental improvements to create transformative solutions; to connect customer needs with human, economic and environmental impact. The result can be game-changing innovation that creates new market opportunities."

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In today's complex world, everyone, including business, needs to think and act differently. Adopting a purpose-driven strategy is the first step in creating shared value, engaging talented employees and innovating for the future. 

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Ashoka Future Forum: Experience Empathy and Business in Action

Ashoka Future Forum: Experience Empathy and Business in Action | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

The Ashoka Future Forum brings together 400 of the foremost social innovators, business entrepreneurs, philanthropists and media to share their perspective on the future and how we can all participate in changing the world.

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Join us on May 13 -14 to connect with global business leaders and social entrepreneurs. We will explore the changing role of business, and how leaders can navigate effectively through an increasingly complex world.

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Why Humble, Empathic Business Leaders Are More Successful

Why Humble, Empathic Business Leaders Are More Successful | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"It's increasingly evident that business leaders who are capable of experiencing and demonstrating empathy, compassion, and humility have greater success. Research as well as direct business experience confirms this. One recent example is a study of 1500 leaders and their employees. It found that humble leaders who have increased self-awareness and insight experience greater commitment and performance from their employees.”

Executive in Residence's insight:

The time of the typical dominant leader who gives orders and sets the pace has long ended. Today's successful leaders focus on developing relationships and leveraging their teams’ best skills and ideas.

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Thought Leadership: Changemaking Within Business

Thought Leadership: Changemaking Within Business | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Today’s corporate leaders must be potent pioneers -- blazing new paths few would go down and having the courage to see them all the way through to the end. To be a pioneer, you need to trust yourself enough to share the unique ways that you think as a thought leader, continually testing your constructively disruptive ideas and ideals."

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Client relationships are about adding value, and during a time when many companies are reinventing themselves, a company must position itself and its leaders as catalysts for growth through thought leadership.

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5 Lessons in Impactful Leadership and Ripple Effects, from an Executive in Residence

5 Lessons in Impactful Leadership and Ripple Effects, from an Executive in Residence | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Perhaps most importantly, I learned that one person can have a positive ripple effect on the lives of many.  It’s a reminder of the exponential effect we can all realize by supporting innovative social entrepreneurs who are driving genuine impact in the world."

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In 2013, Jolene Holten, Vice President of Talent Management at Western Union, worked with Ashoka Fellow Judy Frater, Founder of Kala Raksha, to develop a business school for graduating artisans of Kala Raksha Vidhyalaya in Kutch, India. We are excited to announce the school launched this month! This post distills five lessons Jolene learned from working with a social entrepreneur that have allowed her to develop as a leader who empathizes, innovates, and creates lasting impact.

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Change leaders: beyond CSR – MyMind and Boehringer-Ingelheim

Change leaders: beyond CSR – MyMind and Boehringer-Ingelheim | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"'As our business changes, we know we’re going to have to work with different stakeholders, and we’re learning from social entrepreneurs who are doing radically different things to what we do.'"

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Ashoka Fellow Krystian Fikert, Founder of MyMind, and Colin Edwards, General Manger of pharmaceutical company Boehringer Ingelheim Ireland, discuss how a pro bono Executive in Residence collaboration led to an innovative partnership yielding social and business impact.

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Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine

Pro Bono Week: A Time For Skills to Shine | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

What’s so special about pro bono? According to Taproot, the leading national advocate for pro bono service, pro bono has been a quiet partner in many of the key social movements in our nation’s last 75 years."

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Founded by Ashoka Fellow Aaron Hurst, Taproot Foundation celebrates the global pro bono movement every year during the third week of October.

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Moving Money for Better: EIR Alumna, Kirsten McElgunn, Describes Her Intrapreneurial Journey

Moving Money for Better: EIR Alumna, Kirsten McElgunn, Describes Her Intrapreneurial Journey | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"In order to bring its brand platform of 'moving money for better' to life, Western Union has been working to close the last mile in its distribution chain—tackling the barriers that remain to serving its most isolated customers.  While in India, McElgunn developed a true understanding of the challenges faced by very rural and isolated communities."

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Executive in Residence alumna, Kirsten McElgunn, explains how working alongside Ashoka Fellow Chetna Vijay Sinha enabled her to deeply understand the needs of Western Union's customers and equipped her with the empathy and insight necessary to work with her team to intrapreneur Western Union's new NGO GlobalPay system. 

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Unilever: Innovating for Purpose and Profit

Unilever: Innovating for Purpose and Profit | Executive in Residence | Scoop.it

"Businesses often find it difficult to mention these two objectives in the same breath: how can you possibly equate stopping children dying with increasing sales and profits? Our experience tells us that you have to do that."

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Aligning social intrapreneurial initiatives with the company's values and principals ensures internal buy-in, external legitimacy, and ultimately, scalable, social impact that is deeply integrated with corporate culture.

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