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...

Do we see business clearly?

  • 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

On the face of it, shareholder value is the dumbest idea in the world. 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.

We have become familiar with the common reasons why people find it difficult to expand their knowledge – these answers tend to recur when we raise the question on our leadership learning programmes.

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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What we learned about how to run effective, outcome-driven meetings

What we learned about how to run effective, outcome-driven meetings

The majority of meetings are time-wasting, frustration-inducing, under-the-table-texting affairs.

Here is our approach and a free tool that you and your teams can use to conduct more effective, outcome-driven meetings that attendees will be pleased to attend.

  • Unproductive meetings waste US$37 billion a year, just in the United States.
  • 34% of time spent in meetings is considered unnecessary by attendees
  • 9 out of 10 people admit to daydreaming in meetings (can you blame them?)

In spite of the obvious drain on productivity and morale due to poorly-run meetings…
75 percent of executives receive no formal training on how to conduct an effective meeting

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Welcome to Ideas to Action, the GIFT Blog

Welcome to Ideas to Action, the GIFT Blog

Ideas to Action has been a strapline of GIFT since we started more than ten years ago. Bridging critical analysis and breakthrough business thinking with practical implementation on the ground is a hallmark of GIFT’s original approach to executive learning. 

Insights from the real-world for the digital-world

Since 2006 our team has had the great fortune of working with hundreds of high potential managers on experiential projects at the physical frontiers of global business – from Myanmar to Mongolia and Sri Lanka to Iran, among many other locations. We also engage them at the frontiers of leadership effectiveness, those essential but often under-appreciated skills such as:

  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Curiosity
  • Intellectual Boldness
  • Sense of Purpose, and many others…
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