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 familiar with or comfortable engaging in open, direct conversations. Prerequisites include: Patience, respect, humility, and a willingness to have our position challenged.

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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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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