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Founder’s confession: How I lost and rediscovered empathy along the startup path | 4.0 Schools Blog

Founder’s confession: How I lost and rediscovered empathy along the startup path | 4.0 Schools Blog | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

But surely SOCIAL entrepreneurs are empathetic?

While social entrepreneurs like Ashoka’s Bill Drayton or Oxford Business School’s Pamela Hartigan are quite right that you cannot be truly profitable if you are not wired for empathy, this does not mean that it’s not hard.  It’s not just technology and social media that’s to blame. Based on my own experience, there is something that happens from that “road to Damascus moment” (essential to the foundational tales of many social entrepreneurs from Jacqueline Novogratz’s moment of finding a boy in Africa wearing her old blue sweater to John Woods discovering the need for libraries in the Himalayas) in which a stubborn, passionate person is confronted with the immediate and direct experience of an obstacle that they are determined to remove, come hell or high water. 

 

But now as people strive to create the most social change and demonstrate the data of their impact, does something still get lost? One of our queen word smiths, Monika Smyczek, asked over a late-night “Launchathon” (our own version of hackathons where we dissected and championed one another’s businesses) the key question that anyone must ask as they try to retain empathy in the DNA of an organization: “How do you scale Gandhi?”


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How do you scale Gandhi???  Great question...

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Richard Branson on Why Making Employees Happy Pays Off

The serial entrepreneur shares how you can increase productivity by boosting employee satisfaction.
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Why Happiness at Work Matters

Successful leaders know happy employees contribute to better profitability. Here are two easy steps to a happier corporate culture.
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The Obstacle Course of Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Obstacle Course of Employee Engagement [INFOGRAPHIC] | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
It's hard to keep on top of employee engagement sometimes - people do say it can be an obstacle course.
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75 Inspiring Motivational Quotes on Leadership

Sometimes a little leadership inspiration is just one motivational quote away.

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Moving from Internal Communications to Employee Engagement

Moving from Internal Communications to Employee Engagement | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Creating a two-way conversation spurs employee engagement and investment in your company's business goals, and they become your brand ambassadors.
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Employee engagement, retention and communication | Business Excellence Magazine

Employee engagement, retention and communication | Business Excellence Magazine | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Business Excellence - Bringing you content on truly excellent companies from the USA, Canada, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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Yet another article to support Employee Engagement.  Why do we keep losing sight of the goal.

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Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead

Brainstorming Doesn't Work; Try This Technique Instead | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Ever been in a meeting where one loudmouth's mediocre idea dominates? Then you know brainstorming needs an overhaul.
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Implicit Notions of Teamwork: Implications for Group Leadership

Implicit Notions of Teamwork: Implications for Group Leadership | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Many people will be surprised that teamwork means different things to different people. Efiong Etuk explains those meanings.
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Happiness Productivity

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Infographic: Learning from the Most Socially Engaged Companies on LinkedIn

Infographic: Learning from the Most Socially Engaged Companies on LinkedIn | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Creating a strong bond with your audience comes only after your organization establishes a strong relationship with its employees.
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The Circle: The Ultimate Problem Solving Tool

The Circle: The Ultimate Problem Solving Tool | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Last week I uploaded a new edition of our 10 Rules of the Circle to Slideshare where it was featured in "Leadership and Management" and got a very warm reception with quite a few people reaching back
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The Employee Engagement Hoax

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When I became an HR person in 1984, we talked about employee morale. As an HR person I was very concerned with the question "How is the team doing?" If people were upset about something -- an overly restrictive policy, a change in work hours or a cut in benefits, for [...]
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12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes

12 Ways To Be Happier At Work In Less Than 10 Minutes | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
There are lots of small ways to get happier at work. We talked to meditation teacher Sharon Salzberg about how.
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7 Habits of Remarkably Happy People

Happiness is a state of mind. If you're willing to adopt a different approach to your actions, you can achieve it.
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Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word

Managers Can Motivate Employees with One Word | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
“Together.”
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EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: WHY TRANSPARENT MANAGEMENT IS THE BOTTOM LINE

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT: WHY TRANSPARENT MANAGEMENT IS THE BOTTOM LINE | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Effectively engaging employees as part of building a holistic and organic culture has emerged as a critical differentiator in business.
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Building a Strong Team: It Really Takes an Emphasis on Trust

Building a Strong Team: It Really Takes an Emphasis on Trust | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
To build a strong team, there has to be a high level of trust. Trust is the glue that holds people together and the lubricant that allows energy and passion to flow. Trust builds internal cohesion.
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Innovation Requires Discomfort

Innovation Requires Discomfort | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it

Feeling comfortable? Then you are probably not innovating. Look around your own hallways. If everything and everyone looks familiar and feels comfortable, it may be time for some of that shock treatment. Your growth and your very survival may depend on it.


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5 Things Successful 21st Century Companies Are Doing Differently

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7 Ways To Harness the Positive Power of Conflict

7 Ways To Harness the Positive Power of Conflict | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
A research paper entitled "Workplace Dispute Resolution and the Management of Individual Conflict — A Thematic Analysis of Five Case Studies" has just been published by the UK's Advisory,
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Evolving Your Workplace Culture: History Shows It Takes a Bold Vision

Evolving Your Workplace Culture: History Shows It Takes a Bold Vision | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
CEO’s continue to publicly proclaim their efforts to manage significant and meaningful culture change. Some miss the mark and show their lack of understanding this critical topic. Others, …
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700% Increase in Revenue: Appeal to Emotion and Highlight Meaning in a Positive Way - James Key Lim

700% Increase in Revenue: Appeal to Emotion and Highlight Meaning in Positive Way
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Analytics, Collaboration Aid Good Decision Making

Analytics, Collaboration Aid Good Decision Making | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Many managers know that they need to make better use of data, but they don't always know how to do that—or how to select the best data to meet their needs.
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Taking The Initiative To Create A Great Company Culture: 5 Bottom-Line Reasons To Do It

Taking The Initiative To Create A Great Company Culture: 5 Bottom-Line Reasons To Do It | Harmonious and Balanced Workplace | Scoop.it
Taking the initiative to consciously build a company culture isn’t for the faint of heart, and it’s not for those looking for a quick gain. As a consultant on corporate culture, I can’t recommend the culture creation process if your heart and the hearts of your key lieutenants aren’t actually into [...]
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Creating the “WE” Organization

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Years ago, NASA ran a series of experiments on the best way to make decisions. They used a series of survival scenarios, and asked individuals in a large group to solve the challenge and rate themselves. Then they asked small groups to solve the problems and rate their performance. About 98% of the time, the […]
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