JAN 2013.

CONTENTS

HOT SPOTS UPDATES

UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

You can still book places on our public workshops:

Driving Collaboration, March 5
Futureproofing the Organisation, March 7
Futureproofing the Team leader, March 12

If you're interested in reading more and registering, click here for details.

ARTICLES

EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT MEASUREMENT –
VERSION 2.0

In 2011, a government-led panel launched an initiative called “Engage for Success”, which invited top companies in the UK to play their part in tackling the engagement deficit, which is estimated to be costing £26 billion in productivity every year. But will the initiative really address the core issue? After all, how do you measure something that is different in every single organisation? FoWlab jams, a model we created to get to the heart of employee engagement and provide deep insights into each individual corporation’s key to engagement, could be the answer. Jams measure emotions and identify what ignites real passion in employees. Click here to read more.

I & D CONSORTIUM LAUNCHES THIS MONTH

It’s here: the launch event for our new research consortium on Inclusion & Diversity is on February 19. We have designed a great agenda to introduce our four key themes, including a keynote from Lynda Gratton. As well as Lynda, the event will feature a guest speaker as well as group work so our members can tap into each other’s experience and wisdom. The I & D Research Consortium will be running for a year and is open to companies, government agencies and NGOs. If you’d like to read more about the themes we will be covering, click here or contact Tina Schneidermann for more information about the launch.

TREND: THE VENTURE CAPITAL APPROACH
TO CHARITABLE DONATIONS

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, made headlines again recently, when he gave another $350 million to his alma mater, John Hopkins University, which brings his total lifetime donations to the institution to more than $1 billion. The magnitude of donations like Bloomberg’s, the Gates’, or Warren Buffett’s are remarkable – but they buck the trend. On the rise are small NGOs and charities that focus on specific problems with quick solutions – and they’re working the social media and internet for their awareness campaigns. Solution is the key word here: donors are becoming more demanding, wanting reports and evaluations on how their money is working (as if they were providing venture capital). In this case, charities are working more like nimble small businesses (SMCs if you like!) – and that’s why they are continuing to grow. Business and society is the theme: something we are examining closely through FoW Consortium members British Red Cross, Save the Children, and People in Aid.

ARE YOU GOING GREEN?

Sustainability is one of the big themes for the Hot Spots Movement and Future of Work Research Consortium this year, and Lynda is on the judging panel for the Guardian’s Sustainable Business Awards. The deadline for entries is imminent so if you were planning to enter, you just have a couple of days left until the February 8 deadline! The long list of contenders will be announced on February 26, with the awards ceremony on May 16. The Awards will reward both innovation and impact this year, which opens the door for small and large businesses alike to be considered. Follow @GuardianSustBiz for more details.

ORGANISATIONAL ABILITY:
SCENES FROM A MASTERCLASS

Our recent Masterclass on Organisational Agility was a fantastic success, with people travelling from all over the world to participate. Lynda opened up with a keynote speech, before participants heard the latest thinking from a number of speakers including Chris Rodgers of Cass Business School, Martin Blake, Chairman of KPMG NSW, and Edelman's Robin Hamman. You can see a short video from the day by clicking the image above, as well as some of the photos from the day.

WHO’S IN OUR NETWORK?

This newsletter, we’re looking at whose teachings are important to our network. As we continue to look at the way charities are managed in the new era, we have been looking back to Mary Parker Follett’s research work, back at the turn of the 20th century. Follett believed in the problem-solving ability of people working in groups, as well as creative conflict resolution as a fourth alternative to solving a conflict, after domination, compromise or voluntary submission. Read some of her writings here: how many of her theories do you think are still relevant today?

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