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June 24 2014

From beCause » Blog Tue Jun 24 2014, 13:07:37

by beCause Global Associate Andrea Learned, Founder LearnedOn - The definition of business leadership has changed, a lot, since the 1950s. The fact that there are many more women in leadership positions these days is rightly getting plenty of coverage now. But, beyond celebrating that women are bringing "it" to the table, what "it" is has yet to be been given its full due. What I'm talking about are relational skills and traits. Things like practicing empathy and understanding communications nuances are the secret sauce for business leadership success. But, while these have long been typed as "women's ways" or "soft" skills, women are not the only ones who can tap or learn to better use them. So, why does the traditional business world continue... more

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February 24 2014

From beCause » Blog Mon Feb 24 2014, 09:41:25

I am struck by the wisdom of these deceptively simple words by Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel who linked arms with Dr Martin Luther King Jr in the historic 1965 US civil rights march from Selma, Alabama.  They resonate profoundly for me personally and socially.  Six beloved members of my family died in just the last two months, reminding me again to be grateful for every moment as they each are sacred and we never know how many more we have.  For the same reason, I support people throughout the world who yearn "just to be" and "just to live" with greater freedom, dignity and security.  From efforts to end Stand Your Ground / Shoot First laws in the US, to... more

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December 19 2013

From beCause » Blog Thu Dec 19 2013, 13:40:51

I am honored to have Tech-Geekista Nikki Longo write the following guest post on power of social media: "In an eye-opening experiment conducted earlier this year, Facebook encouraged its users to become organ donors. The response was nothing short of a miracle, as organ donor registration increased by 3,012 donors on the first day of the campaign. That uptick accounted for a 2000% increase in daily donor registrations. Today, charitable organizations often use crowdsourcing via social networks like Kickstarter to fund their initiatives. Crowdsourcing in its most basic sense is receiving services, ideas, financial donations, or content by seeking contributions from a large group of people. In recent years, social media has helped nonprofit organizations find that delicate balance of ...

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December 6 2013

From beCause » Blog Fri Dec 6 2013, 09:10:42

When Jerry & I visited Madiba at his Soweto home soon after his release from prison. We were privileged to work with Oliver & Adelaide Tambo, Albertina Sisulu, Albie Sachs and other leaders of ANC Executive Committee while Mandela was in prison. Please write tributes to Mandela in comments below!

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November 2 2013

From beCause » Blog Sat Nov 2 2013, 08:39:37

I am thrilled to live at a time of such rapid and profound changes.  It's like tectonic plates are shifting and we can scarcely envision how this metamorphosis will unfold even while we try to shape it for positive outcomes.  I tingled listening to Richard Seymour who designs for the future and Anton Musgrave who guides people to prepare for it. And, yet, plus ça change: Jennifer Sertl, thought leader on corporate consciousness and author of Strategy, Leadership and the Soul, reminded me that the more things change the more they remain the same. After I extolled her impressive work, she said I "stand on your shoulders."  I told her that we were part of a chain that stretched far... more

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