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Protecting What is Important to You

The Big Rocks story is a great metaphor for Steven Covey’s priority matrix. That is, making sure all the Important but not yet Urgent ( #2) activities are in your calendar first. ..

I’ve used this strategy with many clients, and they have discovered that we, (yes including me) typically spend most of our time focusing on those things that are Urgent and Important (#1) instead. Usually, this results from a lack of planning and the inability to say no and/or manage interruptions. Continue Reading →

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Let’s Whale – a new way forward in building a culture of respect, trust and parternship

Last week I used a new process with a group called peacemaking circles. While I have not been trained as a “keeper” my business partner, Dr. Dan Kaufman suggested to incorporate parts of the peacemaking circle process. His recommended the process to support the outcomes of the program and cultivate enhancing the interpersonal relationships.  Specifically, he suggested incorporating the talking circle into the design of the two full day programs. Continue Reading →

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Shifting Culture: The Hidden Tool in Achieving CSR Goals

By Corey Pembleton, Intern, Open Spaces Learning

There are several important aspects involved in achieving CSR-related goals at the organizational level – one of the most important being a shifted corporate culture. A recent study in The Journal of Systems Research has shown that culture, being a key driver of CSR, heavily impacts both strategic long-term planning and CSR achievement. Shifting culture alone is not the only way that an organization can achieve its goals, but it is one of many tools, that when used together, can result in successful, continuous results.
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Who Do You Need to Wake Up?

By Leslie Bennett & Heather Shapter, Open Spaces Learning 

Report from the 11th CBSR Summit, The Transformational Company: Applied

Note: the author represented CSRwire at the CBSR Summit in Toronto, Canada. CSRwire is a media sponsor for the CBSR. Article first posted to CSRWire November 25th, 2013

Corporate Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) hosted their 11th Annual Summit  The Transformational Company: Applied – in Toronto, Canada on November 6th with a sold out crowd in attendance. The Summit theme was grounded in the Transformational Company framework, developed as a guide for companies scaling up their efforts to address systemic societal risks and challenges. Continue Reading →

Attending the Clinton Global Initiative: A Personal Highlight

Attending the Clinton Global Initiative: A Personal 2013 Highlight

By Heather Shapter

At the end of Sept 2013, I got to fulfill a dream for the second time this year – to attend the Clinton Global Initiative. Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion. Continue Reading →

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Getting started with CSR

Not sure if your company is ready for a corporate social responsibility strategy?  Don’t understand the importance of well-thought-out CSR initiatives  and what they can do for your organization?

The research is clear:  “When employees are positive about their organisation’s CSR commitment, employee engagement can rise to 86%”according to an a Sirota Survey Intelligence survey. And companies with more engaged employees do better financially – plain and simple. Gallup research documented productivity increases of 18% and operating margin increases of 27%, just to name two of the positive measurements captured in employee engagement research.

How can I get my company involved to see the benefits of a CSR initiative? Continue Reading →

A Moment With McDonald’s: Examining the Connection Between Organizational Design, Corporate Culture & Sustainability Goals

To register, please visit http://bit.ly/McDsusty

NEW YORK, Sep. 25 /CSRwire/ – This CSRWire press release was originally posted: Sep 25, 2013 – 12:29 PM EST

How does a company as large and decentralized as McDonald’s first set a company-wide sustainability strategy – and then implement it?
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Expanding Innovation and Impact from the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative for America

by Heather Shapter

I opened my twitter account to be greeted by Eva Langoria sharing her excitement about being with us at the third meeting of Clinton Global Initiative America. It was Thursday morning, June 13th, 2013. I found myself sitting at the opening plenary session of CGI America in Chicago, Illinois, joined by nearly 1,000 business, government, and civil society leaders dedicated to boosting economic recovery and the long-term competitiveness of the United States.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which have improved the lives of over 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at more than $73.1 billion. Continue Reading →

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From “Why Collaborate” to “How”: UN Global Compact Local Network Launches in Canada, Signals CSR Mind Shift

By Elizabeth Dove, Open Spaces Learning 

As the 101st country to create a UNGC local network, Canada is late to join the party.

Note: the author represented CSRwire at the UNGC launch in Toronto, Canada. CSRwire is a UNGC signatory. Article first posted to CSRWire June 25th, 2013

In comparison to the U.S. and Europe, Canada has been slow to create dialogue between companies or sectors on corporate social responsibility, particularly with a global lens. Continue Reading →

Secrets to Expanding Employee Engagement in CSR Initiatives

By Heather Shapter

In early April, I attended the 12th Annual Charities@Work Best Practices Summit on Employee Engagement in Corporate Citizenship in NYC.  Charities@Work is an alliance of four nonprofit federations that serves as the cooperative voice for more than 2000 international, national and local charities.

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