Insights

Insights

Leadership without perspective and point of view isn’t leadership – and of course it must be your own perspective, your own point of view. It must be authentic, and if it is, it will be original, because you are original.” – Professor Warren Bennis, The Leadership Institute, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California

These insights are offered as time-saving ways to broaden your thinking, spark ideas, and equip you discover and apply new solutions to business challenges. Here you’ll find new perspectives on the changing paradigm in leadership and more. Come back often to keep up with the most advanced, enlightened thinking.

EMERGING LEADERSHIP MODELS

Uncovering the Blind Spot of Leadership
2007/Professor C. Otto Sharmer, PhD, senior lecturer MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology),and founding chair of the Presencing Institute.

‘Why do our attempts to deal with the challenges of our time so often fail?  The cause of our collective failure is that we are blind to the deeper dimension of leadership and transformational change. We know a great deal about what leaders do and how they do it. But we know very little about the inner place, the source from which they operate. Successful leadership depends on the quality of attention and intention that the leader brings to any situation.’

If we address our 21st-century challenges with reactive mind-sets that mostly reflect the realities of the 19th and 20th centuries, we will increase frustration, cynicism, and anger. The way we pay attention, individually and collectively, determines the path the system takes and how it emerges.” – C. Otto Scharmer

Presencing Institute
The Presencing Institute (PI) is an awareness-based action research community for profound societal innovation and change. The presencing process is a journey that connects us more deeply both to what wants to emerge in the world and to our emerging higher self.

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ENERGY MANAGEMENT

Redeeming Sisyphus: Get Out of Control! Get More Done!
2008/Barry Goldberg

Our task-driven culture has created a generation of business leaders who treat their day-to-day work as if it were a marathon. But this marathon has no finish line. Research into energy management is very clear; we are better equipped to work and rest in cycles. Remember, a vital sign is a numeric value and your vital signs must take in the overall health of the whole body of the business.

“We can only push so hard and for so long without breaking down and burning out. Stress hormones that circulate chronically in our bodies may be temporarily energizing, but over time they prompt symptoms such as hyperactivity, aggressiveness, impatience, irritability, anger, self absorption and insensitivity to others.”

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MOTIVATION

Motivation – What motivates you?
Studies have shown that the Top Motivating Factor at any stage in life is:
“Respect for me as a person” 

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LEADERSHIP in NEW ZEALAND

More Right than Real: The Shape of Authentic Leadership in New Zealand
2007/ Dr Lester Levy (Chief Executive of Excelerator/Adjunct Professor of Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School and Mark Bentley (Excelerator) in collaboration with BDO Spicers.

The results of this survey by provide insights into how the New Zealand workforce perceives leaders, how leadership affects them directly, and the ultimate impact on their performance. It invites leaders to reflect on this feedback and use it to challenge deeply held assumptions about personal leadership.

The New Zealand Leadership Institute – Excelerator
A leadership development and research institute that works to bring greater understanding about development of high quality leadership in organisations and communities that can bridge the performance gap between the country’s aspirations and attaining exceptional achievement in all walks of life.

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NEW PATHWAYS FOR DECISION-MAKING

Photo credit: Jeff Volk, Cymatics

Beginner’s Mind: Paths to the Wisdom That Is Not Learned 2006/Professor Eleanor Rosch, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
‘From a beginner’s mind perspective, blindness to all but the outer level of the mind has produced a constricted view of psychology, an obstructed educational system, a dearth of wise decision making, and a world in disarray. Beginner’s mind inner path teachings suggest an alternative vision of the human being and human mind. Remember that Einstein said that problems can never be solved with the same mind that created them. He also said that imagination is better than facts.’

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SUSTAINABLE PROSPERITY and JUSTICE
Milestones in Advancing Corporate Financial, Social, Cultural, Ethical and Environmental Responsibility

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Profits and Principles: Does there have to be a choice?
1998/SOURCE: Shell Sustainability Report
‘The Shell Report 1998 (64 pages) illustrates our fundamental belief that we do not have to choose between profits and principles. This Report is about values. It describes how we, the people (over 90,000), companies and businesses that make up the Royal Dutch/Shell Group, are striving to live up to our responsibilities – financial, social and environmental. It is also an invitation to you to tell us what you think of our performance, and in this way participate with us in the global debate about the role and responsibilities of business.’ The Report discusses Shell’s process of change – ‘Our Transformation’ – begun in 1994, where ‘nothing was sacrosanct and fundamentals were questioned: the structure, the way business is done, the quality of leadership, relationships with people and our vision of the future.’

Shell Sustainability Report 2010
2010/SOURCE: Shell Sustainability Report
“In this report we show how consideration for safety, the environment and communities lies at the core of our operations and the development of our future energy projects. At Shell we believe that in making our contribution, there is no time to waste. We are working on what we can do today to contribute to a sustainable energy future.”

The community near this project is primarily agricultural, and many of our neighbors were looking for employment and contracting opportunities with Shell. Some 150 suppliers were successful in bidding for contracts and getting jobs. We expect our local spend to continue to rise in 2011 with five First Nations businesses and other local enterprises replacing non-local suppliers.” -Rebecca Nadel, Shell sustainable development integrator, Groundbirch Project, Canada

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BUSINESS and HUMAN RIGHTS – Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Tracking the positive and negative impacts of over 5100 companies worldwide  

UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework – Guiding Principles

UN Endorses the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework”
16 June 2011/SOURCE: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

In an unprecedented step, the United Nations Human Rights Council has endorsed a new set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights designed to provide -for the first time- a global standard for preventing and addressing the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.

The Guiding Principles establish human rights as both a moral and material consideration for economic enterprise.” -Marcy Murningham, The Murningham Post

The Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework 
21 March 2011/SOURCE: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
This 27-page document is the final report of Special Representative Professor John Ruggie. It summarizes his work from 2005 to 2011, and presents the “Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations ‘Protect, Respect and Remedy’ Framework” for consideration by the Human Rights Council.

Making Businesses Respect Human Rights
27 June 2011/SOURCE: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of the Guiding Principles, is a clear, strong sign of the importance accorded by the international community to the question of business and human rights, according to UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

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