Learning Places: Hong Kong, China (v.1, ch.1)

Learning Places: Hong Kong, China (v.1, ch.1)

Hong Kong is a global financial centre, and one of the most prosperous cities in Asia, located at the edge of the Pearl River Delta. Through the unique ‘One Country, Two Systems’ political and economic structure, Hong Kong has built itself into one of the leading global cities of the world.

However, Hong Kong faces certain challenges as its population grows and economy expands. One is the lack of physical activity among its residents. Engagement in sport plays a significant role in promoting mental and physical health and building inclusive, vibrant communities. However, over 80% of Hong Kong residents fail to meet the WHO baseline indicator of physical activity.

The aim of the innovative SportLight Trust model is to transform idle spaces into vibrant venues where a community can come together and participate in sports, regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or economic status. Adopting a financially viable and sustainable business model, individual sports hubs would be built and operated with input of local communities and be accessible to all.  

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 2 of 2): Hong Kong, China & the wider region

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 2 of 2): Hong Kong, China & the wider region

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series: A conversation with Po Chung, Part Two: "Hong Kong, China and the wider region". China has focused on doing things right – getting things done effectively, efficiently, and cheaply. As we’ve seen from the “Made in China” phenomenon, this doesn’t yet mean that they are leading in the more valuable, services-driven upstream and downstream activities, like R&D, brand-building, and advertising. Recall that Hong Kong is still one of the pillars of the financial and service economy – it is part of the New York, London and Hong Kong trio that provides 24 hours of continuous services. Hong Kong is home to over 1000 regional headquarters, overseeing an eight-hour time zone stretch between New York and London.

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Diversity in Thinking: Shedding the corporate persona

Diversity in Thinking: Shedding the corporate persona

Diversity in thinking is critical for BIG problem-solving, truly innovative thinking and bringing fresh perspectives to the table. Unfortunately many perceive it as risky and even threatening. Though none of us like to admit it, "business-as-usual" is safe and often even desireable

Most of us are not comfortable engaging in open, direct, even challenging conversations. It requires patience, respect, humility, and a willingness to question our own position.

The mark of a truly diverse company is when leadership not only tolerate but welcome dissent and divergent views.

 

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Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 1 of 2): On Leadership

Honest Inquiry Interview: Po Chung (Part 1 of 2): On Leadership

This Honest Inquiry Interview features the legendary Hong Kong business leader and co-founder of DHL International, Po-yang Chung (a.k.a Po Chung).

In 1972, Mr Chung founded DHL Hong Kong, which was the territory’s first international air express company. He remained as Chairman until 2001, following the acquisition of DHL by Deutsche Post.

As Chairman of Hong Kong Institute of Service Leadership & Management, Mr Chung has been dedicated in large part to advocating and promoting a service leadership mindset applicable to the 21st Century, which has evolved from manufacturing to service-dominated economies, by nurturing and educating leaders and young generations to lead with Care, Character and Competence.

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Learning Places: Esfahan, Iran (v. 1, Ch. 2)

Learning Places: Esfahan, Iran (v. 1, Ch. 2)

Volume 1, Chapter 2 of Learning Places takes us to historic Isfahan, classically referred to as “Half the World” for the overwhelming beauty of its gardens and architecture. The group also travelled to Semirom, a rural plateau two hours south of Isfahan, both a rich agricultural region and an increasingly popular tourist destination for Iranians and foreign visitors.

The Global Institute For Tomorrow was invited to Iran by the Esfahan Chamber of Commerce (ECCIMA) and the Semirom Farmers’ Union, both of whom were seeking fresh analysis and proposals for how to revitalise the local apple industry and improve the prospects for smallholder farmers in the region

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The Power of Purposeful Engagement

The Power of Purposeful Engagement

Purposeful Engagement sits at the heart of GIFT’s experiential learning methodology - a key element in developing successful outputs for multi-stakeholder projects and promoting the powerful personal realisations that participants gain through the process.

We created a personal assessment tool — the “Purposeful Engagement (PE) Quotient” — as a means to internalise its principles and apply it within one’s team.

How do you and your team score against the pillars of:

  • Knowledge,
  • Communication and
  • Empathy?
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Behaviour Before Brand & the essence of ethical leadership

Behaviour Before Brand & the essence of ethical leadership

The growing list of companies mired in scandals does not reflect well on the state of ethics in business.

Behaviour Before Brand offers a platform for participants to share, listen and explore the essence of ethical leadership.

  • Do we need to redefine business objectives?
  • Are obligations to stakeholders secondary to shareholders?
  • Does responsibility to society extend beyond laws and regulations?
  • Are the values of business different from those of other human activity?
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Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 2 of 2): On Global Awareness

Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 2 of 2): On Global Awareness

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series: A conversation with Jean-Pierre Lehmann

Part Two – On Global Awareness

If you want to make a short-term killing in a particular market, global awareness and understanding are NOT necessary.

If however, you see a business not just as a short-term profit-making operation, but as a living organism composed of and dealing with human beings, it is vital to understand societies, to be able to empathise with what drives people, and thereby to enrich not only your bottom line, but your culture and humanity.

There are other fundamental shifts, including geopolitical, environmental and digital, but the thread that is intimately linked to all of them are the radical unprecedented demographic transformations.

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Generation-defining issues make for powerful experiential learning

Generation-defining issues make for powerful experiential learning

Increasing inequality and the world’s most unaffordable housing market are rapidly becoming the defining issues of a generation in Hong Kong.

Against a backdrop of polarisation and divisiveness, we are giving a cross-sectoral cohort of Hong Kong’s best and brightest a neutral, apolitical platform through which to test their problem-solving skills on a topic that matters to them and the wider society.

We believe it has the potential to be the most powerful action learning opportunity in Asia, (if not the world) because it addressess one of the most intractable challenges in modern societies.

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