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#ebbfmember Nousha Ram on the traits of successful leadership for these complex times: agile, principles-based and collaborative ( Part 3 of 3 )
In the previous two episodes of this three part interview with ebbf Advisory Council member Nousha Ram we heard here and here how leaders need to move away from creating repetitive tasks and towards making their teams’ work interesting, stimulating them and new thinking. Bringing about energy-creating processes. . In this third part Arlette George shares the third part of the interview where Nousha shares other key traits of the kind of adaptive and collaborative leadership, necessary in today’s and tomorrow’s organizations.
Collaborative leadership as the only way to progress in uncertain changing times
So where does Nousha Ram begin this transformative process?
ebbf ‘s comms team has been preparing and just launched the first in the new series of #discoveringhow ebbf podcasts.
#discoveringhow is ebbf’s podcast series where you will listen to the personal experiences and insights from ebbf members, people from around the world living their strong sense of mission in their workplace. In each episode we offer you stepping stones, fresh ideas, personal learnings of people who believe that ethical business can and should build the future.
ethical business building the future, discovering how
In the first episode we will share some reflections and personal experiences by #ebbfmembers on what makes a workplace meaningful.
Share now your own thoughts / ideas on the topic of this or of the other first three ebbf podcast topics:
#ebbfspirit - The spiritual transformation of impact investing, views of #ebbfmembers Jenna Nicholas and Daryn Dodson
Jenna Nicholas recently recognised with Stanford’s Social Change Leadership Award and Daryn Dodson bring many years of experience in working with or creating innovative financial impact investment solutions across continents. We heard from Daryn and Jenna how they have seen a number of philanthropic and university foundations, personal wealth, faith-based institutions leading a shift of investment to better align their values with where they put their money.
The spiritual transformation of impact investing
Divest Invest is the new financial trend which is seeing the values-based individuals in those institutions, influencing the decisions of organizations and communities by divesting from funds and companies involved in carbon fossil fuel, polluting, arms creation and so on and instead investing in green energy or water purification or other similarly positive investments.
Spirituality is interestingly also at the heart of one of the oldest and definitely a pioneer of responsible investing,
#ebbfmember Nousha Ram: the rise of accompaniment through principles-driven mentorship and coaching ( Part 2 of 3 )
In the previous episode of this three-part interview, we heard from Deloitte Canada partner and ebbf advisory council member Nousha Ram, about the need to create agile organizations and processes to adapt effectively to a fast evolving environment.
Coach for soundness of principles
Nousha Ram observes that “With the rise of the sharing economy: Airbnb, Uber, for example; we are starting to see how the foundation of any business idea must be the principles of truthfulness and trustworthiness.”
Therefore, the focus in her mentorship is to coach for soundness of principles drawing out: “courage; trust; valuing diversity; inclusivity; bringing our whole selves to work” in order to create, what she calls; “Mega-Transformational Programs, that not only bring results, but which also speeds up the achievemnt of set goals, often creating unexpected additional outcomes and learnings.
Partow Izadi is one of the speakers we will be interacting with in the over 20 sessions we will enjoy at the next ebbf international learning event, taking place in Bucharest from the 12th to the 15th of October.
He shares below a few initial thoughts reflecting the theme of the event: can ethical business build the future through the spiritual enterprise?
“The ongoing global crisis may induce some to despair and give in to cynicism. Yet, viewed in the context of human evolution, we may not be experiencing just a random phase of trouble and conflict, with no light at the end of the tunnel.
All living things — including humankind as a whole — evolve through periods of stable development as well as rapid and painful transitions, crisis. While the risks in such transitions are considerable, the opportunities are even more consequential and have, indeed, spurred the human species on its social evolution.
#ebbfmember Nousha Ram on the traits of successful leadership for these complex times: agile, principles-based and collaborative ( Part 1 of 3 )
As we collectively uncover the nature of meaningful work for the 21st Century, Nousha Ram, who works in complex technology project delivery as a Partner at Deloitte Canada and is a member of ebbf’s advisory council has, what may be called, regenerative insights that address many of the issues faced by leaders and teams in these times. We start with the first episode of this three-part interview.
A new agile approach is needed
The essence of Nousha Ram’s role is to help companies maximize the value of IT investments and have IT interact with and improve business strategy:
“You need to understand that you can invest in X, Y and Z over three years, spend $10 million to create A, B and C and still create something irrelevant, and that is of course considered a failure. This you want to avoid. You need to know what would make more sense…” Businesses wanting to invest in IT are faced with a dilemma namely, ‘How do we get from here to there when” as Nousha Ram says “We know long term planning is no longer an option in today’s fast changing environment”.
#ebbfspirit - when spiritual values make front page news of entrepreneurial success, a French story from India
As we are coming closer to the international ebbf event dedicated to exploring the connection between success and the application of spiritual principles, #ebbfspirit – a very timely article features #ebbfmembers Christine, Laurent and Kazem Samandari’s L’Opera enterprise. An Indian-based French-inspired values-driven enterprise that offers us some ideas on how to create a successful growing business, because of its strong shared values.
As Kazem mentions “it is now just over nine years that our family moved to India and an idea, L’Opéra, which was born in the mind of Laurent has grown in the meantime to a full-fledged enterprise with over 150 employees and 14 outlets preparing for its pan-India expansion over the next fiveshayears.”
It is also important to underline that it is definitely not all plain sailing , Kazem continues:
“This has not been a smooth and easy ride, however, at every step of the construction of L’Opéra we had the values and principles which are the foundation of ebbf and obviously of the Faith in mind. I would not be honest if I did not mention that this came at a significant cost, particularly financial.” However Kazem adds “the reporters of – People and Management – an HR magazine in India, were particularly impressed by the values which drive L’Opéra to the extent that they made it the cover story of the month.”
This brings home both some of the downsides of sticking to a spiritually inspired behaviour together with the up side of a stronger brand and a story worth telling and sharing in a number of articles and magazines.
Interested in exploring more about this topic? Join us and a global audience of like-minded agents of change in business and organizations of global influence.
Participants from around the world will once again convene for ebbf’s next international event.
This time in Bucharest, from the 12th to the 15th of October 2017, we aim to deepen our understanding and then find practical solutions we can implement in our workplaces of how can ethical business build the future, transitioning towards the spiritual enterprise?
CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
Inspired by the Universal House of Justice’s letter of the 1st of March 2017 this event does not aim to create definitions of what a spiritual enterprise is, instead we will look for WHYs and HOWs.
We are looking for speakers able to share WHY today the concept of the spiritual enterprise is more relevant than ever before and HOW we can take steps towards implementing useful spiritual principles and behaviours to improve our workplaces and organizations.
We are looking for inspiring contributors for keynotes and learnshops to fuel a transformative ebbf kind of event. Whether you wish to contribute some thoughts on the practical application of how ethical business can build the future transitioning to the spiritual enterprise or bring new perspectives to inspire participants, we would be delighted if you could come and exchange your views with other forward-thinking, action-oriented individuals.
DEADLINE FOR SENDING YOUR PROPOSAL OR FORWARDING TO ANOTHER POTENTIAL SPEAKER: 29th June 2017
All proposals will be reviewed by a panel and we will let you know the outcome by email by mid July.
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An opening keynote summary by ebbf member Iko Congo
Carl Emerson introduced Arthur Dahl as an exceptionally experienced person who consults for the UN WEF, World Bank, President of IEF and a professor, someone who is involved in many things and has over 200 publications. His keynote was about systems science beyond diversity and humorously noted that the way to start this business conference was a scientist.
He started his talk by conceiving diversity and offering different metaphors. When seeing diversity as a variety of different things in an assemblage, we can see the beauty of a garden with flowers of different sizes, colours and aromas. He went deeper asking a few questions. Is it enough to have a bunch of different things together? If was not for the gardener how long would the beauty of the garden last? Would weeds come in?
Reflecting then this truth into a human community with different races, cultures and languages, what would happen if some consider themselves superior over others? How would this community function? Would wars and quarrels ensue?
Arthur’s speciality is coral reefs which are a prime example of interdependence 400 corals, 4000 molluscs, 1500 fish just on the Great Barrier Reef. A very high number of different species support each other, live not only in harmony but in cooperation, where each life form helps to maximise total productivity.
The point I believe he was making was that what is important in a complex system is not the just the number of different entities but how they interact. How do they contribute to something larger than individual parts? “Much of it comes down to communication”. Something he hoped during the weekend the conference participants will have.
He then moved on to his talk to explore diversity in human society. Arthur shared a quote from the Institute for Studies in Global Prosperity
“Much of the human body, the interdependent body of humanity is composed of diverse elements whose wellbeing can only be achieved through integration and coordination. No cell or organ lives apart from the human body, and the well-being of each derives from the well-being of the whole. At the same time, it is the unity and interdependence of the body’s diverse cells and organs that permit the full realisation of the distinctive capacities inherent in each.”
He introduced Peter Turchin as someone who tried to model history and study the rise and fall of civilisations. Turchin, despite being an atheist, pronounced that he could only find religions as the factor that allowed for groups of people to transcend the differences that initially divided them as religions acted as catalysers for ethical values that enabled groups to build trust and increased level of altruism among leaders.
He then spent the remaining time of his talk exploring a letter from The Universal House of Justice, the governing body of the worldwide Baha’i community, on economics where the institution offers some thoughts on the current conditions of the world and potential alternatives in light of the Baha’i writings. He explored rich themes such as the moral dimension of economic life, the materialistic vision of human purpose, the seductive messages in our contemporary society, the economic systems failure, the overcoming the dangers, the challenging economic assumptions, the reorganisation of human society and the higher purpose of economic activity.
Following is one excerpt from the message he shared: “Every choice one makes—as employee or employer, producer or consumer, borrower or lender, benefactor or beneficiary—leaves a trace, and the moral duty to lead a coherent life demands that one’s economic decisions be in accordance with lofty ideals, that the purity of one’s aims be matched by the purity of one’s actions to fulfil those aims.”
He finished the session with three questions for reflection:
Can a systems perspective help you to explain to others the need to go beyond the materialist and individualist economic paradigm?
How can we avoid unwittingly adopting the materialist ways of seeing the world?
What opportunities may be open to you to experiment with new approaches to your economic life?
You can find the documents he referenced in the following links: