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The second leap is deciding how to take your project to an entirely new level. The way Zappos redefined how shoes were sold, Charity:water changed how fundraising was done, or Mission Chinese recreated their genre of restaurant. These leaps are what the market sits up and notices.
The first leap is deciding to be the kind of leader willing to make precisely that sort of leap.
For over 100 years, women have celebrated International Women’s Day by telling stories with the hope of inspiring daughters and granddaughters and reflecting upon the price that history paid so they could realize their dreams. As women today, many of us are fortunate to have almost too many heroines to choose from. We have the wisdom of Gloria Steinem, the leadership of Hillary Clinton, and bravery of Malala from which to spin our yarns.
But it’s 2014 and there is part of the equality narrative that does not receive nearly as much attention: the tremendous role that men have played in getting us to a more equitable society, not only as our partners, but as leaders in their own right. Men who champion women’s rights are the other side of the equation when we talk about equality. Or — to both complement and antagonize Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn’s New York Times’ bestseller, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide — men hold up the other half the sky.
With many existing societies still dominated by patriarchy, the role of men can be a particularly powerful lever for change. A WHO report shows that men can be the key to reducing partner violence; increasing communication with partners about child health, contraception, and reproductive decision-making; and increasing the social support of their wives and partners.
Forbes – Leadership
Companies across the globe are tackling some of the world’s greatest societal challenges — water scarcity, climate change, and even the rights of women and girls in the developing world. Tom Falk, the CEO of Kimberly-Clark Corporation since 2002, talks about how the paper company is taking on environmental issues and has been practicing sustainability for 140 years.
Did you ever have a moment where you said to yourself, “We as a company can be part of the solution to environmental problems”?
FALK: In 1996, I picked up responsibility for our Energy & Environment group. We had already made a lot of progress in reducing energy consumption and water usage, improving forestry policies, and limiting air and water emissions, but my predecessor thought we should set some stretch goals for 2000. Because of our merger with Scott, we were a much larger company and the year 2000 was coming fast. It was a great time to lay out a bigger vision in this area and rally our teams around it. This was the first time we really put something down on paper.
Another week, another strong earnings report from Chinese Internet stocks.
Forbes – Leadership
Adam Bryant has put together a great leadership companion with Quick and Nimble. There’s great advice on a wide range of leadership issues from Why Culture Matters to Alone at the Top. Here are several:
Why Culture Matters: A successful culture is like a green house where people and ideas can flourish—where everybody in the organization, regardless of rank or role, feels encouraged to speak frankly and openly and is rewarded for sharing ideas about new products, more efficient processes, and better way to serve customers.
The glitz and glamour of the 86th Academy Awards in Hollywood has been widely captured in photographs and videos which continue to make waves around the world. The smiles and speeches are captivating! What a Night! Lupita Nyong’o, winner of best supporting actress role said in her acceptance speech, “It doesn’t escape me for one […]
Linked 2 Leadership