This half day event marked the closing block of our course on Impact Investing at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland. The course took place during the spring semester of 2016.
The theme of Impact Investing has gained substantial momentum in both, finance and social entrepreneurship communities over recent years. In addition student demand for course offers as well as supervision of theses on Impact Investing has risen steeply. The University of St. Gallen is actively responding to this demand by offering courses on related topics.
This course, titled Impact Investing: Redefining the Meaning of Return delivered by the HMC represents one of these offers and took place in March and April 2016 at Master level in the contextual study program of the University.
To complement and consolidate classroom based learning, the group had the opportunity to meet and discuss with Impact Investing practitioners that have a long standing experience and deep understanding of the impact investing industry. Hosted by LGT Venture Philanthropy, Natija Dolic of LGT Venture Philanthropy presented their Impact Investing activities before Jaume Iglésies of UBS Values Based Investing presented the bank's impact investing offers as well as the key drivers for further enhancing such offers at UBS.
You can view the full program as well as a picture gallery under this link.
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 from 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Leadership is often associated with directives, control and authority but really how effective is the tough leadership approach? The challenge of how to be a good leader seems to be a perennial problem.
An increasing challenge has emerged as those being lead become increasingly diverse, in terms of professional skills, demographics and culture, generational attitudes and workplace expectations. The question is then, with leadership responsibility and management obligations isn’t it necessary to be clear, firm and decisive? Or not? What about soft leadership? This is the topic for May and we welcome our artist-intellectual extraordinaire Lisa Philip-Harbutt to share her thoughts on this compelling approach to leadership. Soft diplomacy stops conflict escalation more effectively than hard lines. Soft skills like emotional intelligence help bring empathy and creative solutions into the workplace. By ensuring considered communication, appropriate social etiquette and respectful inclusion soft leaders invite people to engage, share, learn and explore workplace challenges not just fix it. We look forward to your soft leadership experiences and challenges in May and to learning how different leaders manage to cultivate their soft side for team successes, enhanced productivity, workplace well-being and improved organisational resilience.
You can see further information, get directions and registration options under this link
Asian NGO is Asia's leading Magazine on Insights and inspiration for Social Innovation. The magazine's 16th Edition is titled The Shifting Sands of Development and is highlighting the opportunities but also the challenges that come with ambitious development goals.
The HMC has gladly contributed an article on The Makings of Humanistic Management introducing our three stepped approach to Humanistic Management. In it you can find a brief summary of human dignity, integrative business ethics and stakeholder engagement as foundational pillars for a human centered management paradigm. It is on the basis of this approach that we formulate our advisory offers and, simultaneously, it guides our own work in the Humanistic Management Center
You can view download the article and view free subscription options here
The website of the University of Turku states that "the executive MBA (eMBA) is a leadership development programme offered by the Turku School of Economics. The eMBA Turku aims at developing visionary leaders with a desire for renewal and the will to deliver real benefits to their organisations."
A two-day Forum focusing on current topics relevant for society, business and leadership is part of the executive MBA curriculum by the Turku School of Economics. Based on the analysis that: "More than ever, the current era is filled with decisions, events and themes, which all require ethical, thorough consideration - on societal, organizational and individual levels", the 2016 forum topic was Ethical Leadership.
Given the strong links between the Finnish and the Swiss Humanistic Management Groups it was a great pleasure for the The Humanistic Management Center to be invited to give a talk on its perspective on ethical leadership and we were glad to do so with a presentation titled: "What Makes Organizations Great?" followed by a Q&A session with the participants.
You can view further information and download the presentation here
You can watch a summary video of the Forum here
For the second year the Humanistic Management Center received the mandate to support Swedish furniture company IKEA with their stakeholder engagement activities in the Swiss market. The mandate included to support the design and delivery of the 2016 IKEA Switzerland Stakeholder Day on March 18th.
The day was split into two parts. The morning was reserved for a workshop with a select group of experts on the topic of Expanding the Life Span of Furniture. In the afternoon, the 2016 IKEA Stakeholder Forum took place in a much bigger group focusing on introducing and discussing some of IKEAs initiatives towards a circular economy as well as the results from the morning workshop.
You can view further information and a picture gallery here
At the shores of Lake Constance lies beautifully Lilienberg Unternehmerforum, a conferencing facility most suited for dialogue and reflection. Ethics First, the executive education joint venture between the Global Ethic Institute at the University of Tübingen and he Humanistic Management Center was privileged to have the opportunity to co-host an event at this exclusive location.
This collaborative effort between Lilienberg Unternehmerforum and ETHICS FIRST had two main aims: Firstly we wanted assess jointly with entrepreneurs how strong values help to successfully navigate the complexities of managing SMEs in a global marketplace. Secondly we had the opportunity to test the three topical foci we have defined for Ethics First being 1) a general introduction to business ethics as a strategic success factor, 2) leadership for the triple bottom line and 3) stakeholder engagement.
You can view further information including a picture gallery and the program here
On March 3rd 2016 the Australia and New Zealand Chapter of the Humanistic Management Network together with the Leadership Lab of the University of Adelaide invite you to the next workshop with Adelaide Business School’s esteemed Prof. Petrina Coventry.
Sleep, Laugh and Breathe – this is the message of the event for Mad March, when we'll explore how to stay sane and healthy at work by keeping control of our cortisol. Cortisol is the stress hormone and high levels can have a serious impact on our well-being. The potential damage to our hearts, immune systems, blood pressure, and emotional well-being are real and significant. Most people in the workplace are under pressure - perhaps due to deadlines or performance expectations or excessive workloads - and these stresses have a detrimental effect on us. Learning how to balance and control our cortisol levels is key to a healthier and happier professional life.
With over twenty years experience, working in Asia, the United States and Europe, as a senior executive and director for a number of ASX listed and not for profit organisations in global leadership roles (e.g. General Electric, Coca Cola, Proctor and Gamble) Prof. Petrina Coventry is well versed with professional stress. We are privileged she has agreed to share with us her lessons of a hectic life and the challenge of finding balance, control and the good life.
You can view the event summary in the attachment below or under this link.
The Deutsches Netzwerk Wirtschaftsethik (DNWE - German Business Ethics Network) and Vaude, a leading manufacturer of Mountaineering Equipment, Sporting Goods, Outdoor Clothing and Camping Equipment, hosted this event at the company's headquarters at Lake Constance in Germany.
Vaude is a much acclaimed sustainability champion "dedicated to making our world a better place". This event was centered on introducing and discussing the sustainability strategy of Vaude and the values and philosophy that drive it. Senior executives of the company as well as the Managing Director and owner of this family owned business were presenting and discussing with former HP Executive Herbert Reiss and Ernst von Kimakowitz of the Humanistic Management Center.
You can view further information on this afternoon at Vaude here
Human Centered Management in Executive Education provides a comprehensive insight on innovation in Executive Education with a unique global scope.
This book integrates studies and experiences of 32 distinguished scholars from 15 countries who are working in the development of theories and practices to advance a human centered management paradigm.
The discussion presents a well-balanced outlook that combines and contrasts research and models from developed and developing countries and the visions of 10 women and 22 male authors from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
This event marked the first Humanistic Management Conference taking place in Brazil. Having collaborated with Kelly Broliani of IPCC who leads the Brazil Interest Group of the Humanistic Management Network for several years already, January 14th 2016 opened a new chapter for the engagement of the Humanistic Management Center in Brazil.
The conference welcomed participants from government, the non-profit sector and the business community of the four million people strong city of Curitiba in Southern Brazil. This half day conference took place on the premises of Instituto Pró-Cidadania de Curitiba (IPCC) in the capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná aiming to provide insight into and nourish exchange on the underlying assumptions, main tenets and practical implications of a human centered management paradigm in business.
You can view further information, a picture gallery and the presentation here
The 15th Edition of Asian NGO titled "The Era of Social Convergence" deals with various aspects of how civil society, the private sector and the public sector increasingly come together to collaborate and co-create solutions to the challenges we face globally. The HMC has contributed an article outlining some of the fundamental tenets of Impact Investing.
The Why, How and What in Impact Investing aims to provide an initial overview of what is behind this buzzword that has been making making waves in both, the social entrepreneurship as well as the finance community. Asian NGO is a leading Magazine based in Hong Kong providing insights and inspiration on social innovation in Asia.
You can view further information and download the article here
Sandra Waddock, Galligan Chair of Strategic Management at Boston College and L. Hunter Lovins, CEO of NaturalCapitalism and Executive Member of the Club of Rome have received the 2015 Recognition for Leadership in Humanistic Management. The award was presented at the 2015 Academy of Management in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
The Leadership in Humanistic Management Recognition awards preeminent academics, practitioners, and policy makers who contribute to a "life-conducive" economic system in thought and action. Prior recipients include Henry Mintzberg, Roger Martin, Ed Freeman, Mary Gentile, Anil Gupta as well as organizations such as SEMCO, DM, OECD Better Life, and UN PRME.
This contribution to the magazine of London based Philanthropy Impact is focused on addressing poverty and inequality through business.
It opens with one of the cornerstones in the debate on distributional justice, that the moral development of a society can be measured by how it treats its weakest members thus arguing that poverty and inequality are indeed defining challenges of humanity. On these grounds the article continues outlining the hallmarks of a human centered management paradigm embracing the positive power of business to address poverty and inequality.
It concludes that it is an enormous privilege that we are given the opportunity to rid the world of extreme poverty and allow for everyone to live in dignity as a member of our global community. Let's make sure not to waste it.
To read the article please follow this link
The Humanistic Management Network has been editing a book series on Humanism in Business for about 5 years. We have a total of 11 volumes out now: take a look:
A group of organizations and most importantly, of curios people, decided to look for new ways of organizational arrangement to interact and collectively seek solutions to the challenges of sustainability that we are currently facing within them. It was an invitation to participants to explore together important questions through dialogical methodology of the World Café. It was an experience to live how organizations can invent new organizational cultures that are aligned with the level of human development that we are dreaming—and seeing in some humanisticly managed corporations, and also toencourage new ways of working within more powerful, touching and meaningful organizational scenarios.#despertandoorganizaciones