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): Global Awareness

Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 2 of 2): 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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Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 1 of 2): Leadership Learning

Honest Inquiry Interview: Jean-Pierre Lehmann (Part 1 of 2): Leadership Learning

The Honest Inquiry Interview Series is a new feature on the GIFT Blog. Interviews showcase fresh, external perspectives on leadership learning, breakthrough business thinking and global change-drivers.

The inaugural Interview features long-time GIFT supporter and founding member of our Global Advisory Council, Professor Jean-Pierre Lehmann. Jean-Pierre is emeritus professor at IMD, Lausanne, Switzerland, where he was appointed to the chair of international political economy in 1997. He has worked intensively and extensively across Asia for 50 years. He is founder of the Evian Group, an international coalition of corporate, government and opinion leaders united by a vision of enhancing global prosperity for the benefit of all. He is a visiting professor at the University of Hong Kong and at NIIT University in Neemrana, Rajasthan, India.

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Learning Places: Kerala, India (v.1, ch.4)

Learning Places: Kerala, India (v.1, ch.4)

Inspired by our project partners and the incredible work produced by our participants, we compiled a series of reports that re-package the core ideas and outcomes from field projects. The first edition was published earlier this year.

We call it Learning Places: The GIFT Report

We hope you enjoy this excerpt from Volume 1, Chapter 4: Providing Indian Emergency Response with a Single Touch.

Many bystanders in India, when asked how they would respond in a medical emergency, said they would transport patients themselves if they could... With its increasing number of cars, India suffers from thick traffic... But inefficiencies stretch further than emergency response....

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The PRISM of High Performance - A practical tool for teams

The PRISM of High Performance - A practical tool for teams

“High-Performance” used to describe race-car engines or elite athletes. Now it is an aspiration for Corporate Managers

Here we give you an overview of the five essential ingredients for creating and sustaining high performing teams and a practical tool for implementing it in your company or organisation. We call it the PRISM:

  • Positivity
  • Respect
  • Inclusivity
  • Self-awareness
  • Moment
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Why intellectual independence is essential for thinking and learning

Why intellectual independence is essential for thinking and learning

People often ask us: Why, when the vast majority of think tanks are donor-funded, not-for-profit organsiations, is GIFT run as a profit-making company

The answer is simple: intellectual independence

It enables the delivery of key elements of our mission, for example:

  • Cultivating original ideas which challenge mainstream business orthodoxy
  • Exposing the unscripted dynamics which are impossible to learn in a classroom
  • Selecting scalable projects blending substantial social impact with commercial viability

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We asked “What is the Role of Business in Society?” Guess what we heard...

We asked “What is the Role of Business in Society?” Guess what we heard...
  • Over 97% of companies worldwide are Small & Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • 85% of companies in Asia are family-owned
  • Globally 1.8bn people work informally versus 1.2bn in formal employment

"Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy... your main constituencies are your employees, your customers and your products.…” Jack Welch, Former GE CEO

"Life is more than just a shack in the township... We want to be the Bill Gates of the future,” Lethabo Tsatsinyane

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Knowing what you don’t know - It's your best strategy

Knowing what you don’t know - It's your best strategy

Do not block the way of inquiry” is among the first rules of leadership learning.

Leading effectively and uncovering new opportunities in this part of the world isn’t possible without knowing what you don’t know. Obstacles to knowing what you don’t know broadly fall into one of three categories. Consider them roadblocks on the highway of inquiry!

  1. Time
  2. Curiosity
  3. The Filter Bubble
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