IIn 2011-2012 we have worked to further our mission by fostering leadership grounded in the passion to serve, the discipline to listen, the courage to question, and the spirit to include.
Partnerships with American Express Foundation, The American Management Association, Bright China Social Fund, Cardinal Stritch University, The Global Dialogue Center, Guardian Life Insurance Company, John Wiley & Sons, Mutual of America Life Insurance Company, and Southwest Airlines have enabled us to invest our time, energy and funding to address the leadership deficit in the social sector…in all three sectors.
Our work is traveling. To close 2012 I was privileged to speak at TEDx MidAtlantic. I was invited to prepare a "Big Idea" presentation that highlighted a component of my work that is "fearless." Nearly 1,000 attendees gathered in D.C. and now, countless more have the opportunity to watch online.
In our recently published 2011-2012 Annual Report, we profile a number of our customers—leaders of quality and character across all three sectors who are managing for the mission, managing for innovation, managing for diversity, who are leaders leading for change—change for the greater good.
As we begin 2013, and we look outside the window, what challenges and opportunities do you see?
To Serve Is To Live,
President and CEO
The Frances Hesselbein Leadership Institute
Social Entrepreneurship Awards | Discover two unique opportunities: Recognize the dedication and personal sacrifice of a leader who has sustained a successful career as a ground-breaking innovator by Nominating that Social Entrepreneur and Recognize a Nonprofit Organization that provides a direct service to the public. $100,000 and $25,000 awarded to winning individual and organziation respectively.
From our award-winning Journal: Winter FREE Articles including Hesselbein's A life-changing experience for students and mentors, Jason Womack's Your best just got better and UMBC President Freeman A. Hrabowski III's Leading a culture of change and innovation.
Boston University’s Executive Development Roundtable (EDRT) Spring Meeting, "Leadership for the Future: Thriving in A VUCA World", will host keynote speakers Bob Johansen, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow from the Institute For The Future and Morgan McCall, Professor of Management and Organization at USC’s Marshall School of Business. Learn More.
PROFILE IN INNOVATION: Denik
Each month, we profile innovative sources—a person, organization, service or program—to inspire and inform our network.
Tyler Tolson, a Communications student at Utah State University struggled with the stereotype that visual artists could not make a substantial career from making art. Together with a few friends, Tolson brainstormed ways this assumption could be overturned.
The group of USU students asked questions—'What do we value?' 'What are we passionate about?' The answer: "Art, creativity and making a difference in the world," Tolson explained
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Recommended Reading: The Power of Goals
"When given the freedom to choose, most people do not set goals or they do not set them effectively. They choose to "go with the flow." The truth is that every now and then, going with the flow is not a bad thing. But just remember that every time we do that, we let the "flow" take us where it wants, versus where we would have intentionally chosen to go."
In Rob Sheehan's The Power of Goals succinct action-planning piece (downloadable and complimentary) reminds us the benefits of goal setting and answers the question we all have, "What's in it for me?"
Sheenan also tells us how we might be more effective in goal setting with a SMRT Goal forumla vs. the SMART v. 1.0. (Spoiler alert: We should celebrate our noble failures.)
Download The Power of Goals
Made available by Sheehan Nonprofit Consulting.
MEET OUR CUSTOMERS: Hesselbein Ambassadors, leaders of quality and character across all three sectors
Brigadier General Lynn Sherlock, U.S. Air Force, Retired
Institute Program: Generals in Transition
From the public to the social sector
After 30 years in service to the nation, I felt the need to serve others, injured and homeless veterans, families of the fallen. The Institute has recognized that the leadership skills senior officers in the military have developed are not just useful in the social sector, but game changing.
Values instrumental in your leadership
Leadership imperatives of our time
Educating and training our children to be productive members of society. Providing economic opportunities to everyone.
Institute Program: Global Webinar
Occupation: President, Star Group Consulting LLC, New Mexico
The Institute's webinars are valuable to me because…
The events reinforce for me the absolute requirement that individuals need to first look within (at their own thoughts, actions, character, values, etc.) and to lead themselves before they can lead others. The sessions also remind me that innovation happens when there is openness.
The single most useful thought or actionable idea I took away with me is…
First, I need to "be" a leader inside before I can expect to lead anyone else.
"The fastest way to succeed is to double your failure rate."
Thomas Watson, IBM, excerpted from The Power of Goals
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