Amid the national conversation about the US Latino community, the Aspen Institute Latinos and Society Program recently hosted a Latinos and Society Inaugural Summit featuring conversations with Latino leaders on innovation.
Staying calm is the key to getting what you want from a complaint. You are well within your rights to suggest how someone could rectify a situation, but by keeping your suggestions realistic, you stand a much greater chance of having your wishes fulfilled.
Ben Bronsther is a creator of Chrona, a memory-foam insert that goes inside your pillowcase and tracks your sleep based on the movements of your head and torso. In answer to my questions, he shared his insights on our collective national sleep deprivation, the possibilities and limits of wearable sleep technology, and what he learned in the process of developing Chrona.
So it's quite surprising that while there has been an outpouring of innovation in consumer apps, there has been relatively little imagination displayed so far in the world of business apps. What are needed are more "authentically mobile" business apps -- that is, apps centered on new-to-the-world functionality that would have been inconceivable before the smartphone revolution.
Fifty-one percent of employees are disengaged. Eight years ago, I got a glimpse of how to solve this problem. It happened by accident.
There isn't a one-size-fits-all extreme weather preparedness plan for all small businesses. Location, industry and operational logistics all play a role in that preparation. Fortunately, several resources are available to aid small businesses in this effort.
When you leave the classroom and head to the meeting room, don't be afraid to experiment or fail. Those mistakes will undoubtedly direct you toward experiences and opportunities that will have great impact on your career and life.
Workplace conflicts can emerge in any number of forms, but there are some general, garden-variety types that I see on a repeated basis: conflicts with the boss, conflicts with peers and conflicts among a manager's direct reports or teammates.
The idea that even though the experience may not be positive, there is always something to learn from it; a lesson that will absolutely make you a better person. There is always a silver lining (if you allow yourself to see it) and there are always next steps that will move you in an uplifting direction.
Your friends that don't come from a farm sometimes find it strange that all your pictures on your social media are of nothing but animals, barns, tractors, and crops. Or maybe it's simply the fact that you only take selfies with your livestock that puzzles them.
You can either allow him or her to make life unpleasant, or you can embrace the opportunity to learn from the experience while maintaining your sense of humor, integrity and sanity.
While the idea of working for yourself is hotter than ever, the story of the entrepreneurial whiz kid who drops out of college and hits it big is largely a myth.
Purpose + Profit,
The shift in the way an increasing number of businesses see their role in the world has been one of the most exciting, promising and desperately needed developments of the past few years. That's why today I'm delighted to announce What's Working: Purpose + Profit, a new platform, sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, that's putting a spotlight on the ways businesses are working toward solutions, widening the lens of their concern and moving beyond the obsession with quarterly earnings and short-term gain toward a very different vision. Purpose + Profit will feature stories, insights and tips from leaders in the world of business and thinkers who are driving change, with an emphasis on what's working in entrepreneurship, B-corporations and impact investing.
The smallest U.S. firms -- the so-called non-employer firms that have at least $1,000 in annual receipts but no employees -- are on the increase, and so are their revenues, albeit minimally, according to the most recent Census Bureau data on these types of businesses.
Obviously, entrepreneurship is becoming a viable path for business school graduates, especially in the west coast where Silicon Valley enjoys steady growth. So it should come as no surprise that schools are shifting their curriculum to focus on entrepreneurial skills.
Becoming a Certified B-Corporation can help unleash the passion, initiative and imagination of employees by connecting them with the larger meaning behind their work.
Global Impact Investment Rating System,
Social Impact Investing,
Mission Related Investing,
Purpose + Profit,
According to a recent report by SFI, the total assets under management with a sustainable or responsible investment mandate is approximately 18 percent worldwide. This reflects a 929 percent increase since 1995. Investors are not only looking to eliminate negative impacts from their portfolio, they now want to make a positive impact with their dollars.
While the term "impact investing" has come to mean positive social and environmental impact, in truth all investments have an impact. Are your current investments having the impact you want? What do you want your impact to be? What issues are most important to you?
To lead an organization takes inner fire. If inspired by greed, the fire will burn out quickly. If inspired by a desire to do good, the fire will last because it will spread to other employees, investors and community stakeholders.
Especially for social mission companies, it's tough to focus on doing the aid right when you're just trying to keep your baby alive and running. In our 5 years of building this business and figuring out how to sustainably give, here are a few things we've learned.