MM Memo 11.3.18

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Each week, we compile and summarize the top articles on corporate social impact, impact investing, and conscious capitalism from around the world, and deliver it to your inbox every Saturday morning for you to enjoy and digest.  

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MM BOOK CLUB

DARE TO LEAD, BY BRENE BROWN: SECTION 3

This week we covered Section 3: The Armory in Dare to Lead by Brene Brown. This section was all about how to be “whole hearted” in leading our teams. How do we put down our armor of self protection and bring our whole selves to work? Most people subscribe to the myth that if we separate out the heart, emotions and vulnerability from our work life that we will be more efficient. But the problem is when we stifle the heart, we kill courage and everything else we’ve been talking about so far. Our heart and our emotional literacy is our unique value proposition as humans. Don’t stifle it. Lean into it.

Brene covered 16 different forms of armored leadership and contrasted them with 16 different forms of daring leadership. I will list a few of them briefly here, but she goes into much more detail that is worth reading in the book.

1. Driving perfectionism and a fear of failure vs. modeling and encouraging striving and self compassion.

2. Working from a place of scarcity and withholding recognition vs. practicing gratitude and celebrating milestones.

3. Being a knower vs. being a learner.

4. Hiding behind cynicism and sarcasm vs. modeling clarity, kindness and hope.

5. Rewarding exhaustion vs. modeling and supporting rest and recovery.

These are just a few of the different forms of armor that we use to self protect as leaders. It is our job as leaders to push through the discomfort, and unearth what is getting in the way of our and our team’s communication and performance.

Join us next Thursday, 8 NOV for section 4 over on Instagram and Facebook. Thanks for joining us!


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LEADERSHIP

WHEN CEOS SHOULD SPEAK UP ON POLARIZING ISSUES

CEO activism, the growing trend of top executives speaking out on sensitive social and political issues, has been labeled the “new normal” But behind the scenes, executives do not feel in control. They are struggling to anticipate and respond to intensifying pressure from the public, investors, and — above all — their employees.


IMPACT INVESTING

INVESTING WITH A PURPOSE

Responsible investing, though not a new concept, has only recently gained popularity among a meaningful portion of the investment community. In the past, investing with a purpose was largely focused on avoiding the stocks of companies that engaged in morally questionable activities—these may have included alcohol and tobacco companies, firearm manufacturers, and gambling-related stocks, among others. Since these stocks tended to perform well, responsible investing became associated with sacrificing financial gains.


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