If you lead them,...
Follow
Find tag "systems"
1.9K views | +1 today
If you lead them, they will follow!
Traits today's leaders "must have" to survive and lead without self-destructing
Curated by Robin Martin
Your new post is loading...
Your new post is loading...
Rescooped by Robin Martin from Change Leadership Watch
Scoop.it!

When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger

When Food Isn't the Answer to Hunger | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it
The Obama Administration’s proposal to change an outdated food aid restriction would allow the United States to feed millions more people at the same cost.

   

________________________

...By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.

________________________

 

   

Excerpts:

In many places, people go hungry because there is no food. But in a lot of places, food is available and the market is working — people are just too poor to buy it. In those places, giving individuals or charitable groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer. By strengthening and not undercutting local farmers, cash aid also helps countries to avoid hunger later.


   

________________________

...giving individuals or groups cash to buy food can make food aid cheaper, faster and fairer....the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending [food]...

________________________

 

 

With the exception of one country, every major supplier of humanitarian food aid enjoys the flexibility to use whatever form of aid works best — they can send food, buy food in the affected region, or just provide cash or vouchers. But the United States, the largest donor, is still tied to sending sacks of grain and legumes from America. Only 15 percent of American humanitarian food aid can be untied — bought outside the United States.

 

Now the Obama administration proposes giving America more flexibility. In the 2014 budget it just submitted to Congress, it is upping the untied amount from 15 percent to 45 percent.

 

The proposal also modernizes food aid by ending a second great inefficiency: a process known as monetization. And it is planning to ask American companies to provide not just commodities but also super-nutritious foods for the severely malnourished — in general modernizing food aid.


Read the full article here, including the problem in Haiti - why our food donations are disrupting their ability to recover.

 

Photo:  By Feed My Starving Children (FMSC), Flickr

 


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
more...
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, April 25, 2013 6:49 AM

Smart intervention into the food, market & hunger system seems to be the answer.  The US system of subsidy seems to be part of the problem, especially for Haiti and other very poor countries.  ~  D

Robin Martin's comment, May 18, 2013 7:57 AM
Thanks for sharing Deb...I'm rescooping this one to "leadership." I guess I need the premium version of Scoop.it so I can create more topics!! ; )
Rescooped by Robin Martin from Change Leadership Watch
Scoop.it!

Committing to Feedback on the Specifics: How Senior Leaders Actually Can Change

Committing to Feedback on the Specifics:  How Senior Leaders Actually Can Change | If you lead them, they will follow! | Scoop.it

Senior executives have a bottleneck in the "doing" of change.  Specifics targeting of what to change make all the difference.

 

Jumping through the Knowing-Doing Gap is key - referencing Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert I Sutton, authors of a book by the same name.

.

Excerpts:

 

Scott Keller talks about research findings for the book, Beyond Performance, and says most executives don't see themselves as part of the problem. 

.

He says that most people also have an unwarranted optimism in relation to their own behavior. …In many behavior-related areas, human beings consistently think they are better than they are — a phenomenon referred to in psychology as a "self-serving bias." 

 

.

Whereas conventional change management approaches surmise that top team role modeling is a matter of will or skill, the inconvenient truth is that the real bottleneck to role modeling is knowing what to change at a personal level.

 

 

.

Typically, insight into what to change can be created by concrete 360-degree feedback techniques, either via surveys, conversations or both. This 360-degree feedback should not be against generic HR leadership competency models, but should instead be against the specific behaviors related to the desired changes that will drive business performance. 

 

.

Three Examples:

Amgen CEO Kevin Sharer uses the approach of asking each of his top 75, "What should I do differently?" and sharing his development needs and commitment publicly with them. 

.

 

A top team of a national insurance company routinely uses a "circle of feedback" during their change program: Every participant receives feedback live in the room, directly from their colleagues on "What are your strengths?" in relation to "being the change" as well as "Where can you improve?" 

 

.

A leadership coalition (top 25) of a multi-regional bank who, after each major event in their change program, conducted a short, targeted 360-degree feedback survey regarding how well their behaviors role-modeled the desired behaviors during the event, ensuring that feedback was timely, relevant and practical.

 

The full post is here.


Via Deb Nystrom, REVELN
more...
No comment yet.