Business Solves Social Problems

Professor Michael Porter

Professor Michael Porter

In a recent TED Talk, Michael Porter spoke on Why business can be good at solving social problems.

Why do we turn to nonprofits, NGOs and governments to solve society’s biggest problems? Michael Porter admits he’s biased, as a business school professor, but he wants you to hear his case for letting business try to solve massive problems like climate change and access to water. Why? Because when business solves a problem, it makes a profit — which lets that solution grow.

Michael Eugene Porter is the Bishop William Lawrence University Professor at Harvard Business School. He is a leading authority on marketing strategy and business competitive strategy. Michael Porter’s work is recognized globally in many academic fields of study, NGOs and government organizations. He chairs Harvard Business School’s program for newly appointed CEOs, and is a frequent speaker on strategic marketing and competitive strategy.

Bishop William Lawrence

Bishop William Lawrence

“In the long run it is only to the man of morality that wealth comes… We, like the Psalmists, occasionally see the wicked prosper, but only occasionally. Godliness is in league with riches.” – Bishop William Lawrence (1850–1941)

Bishop Lawrence was a Harvard graduate, and was most famous for founding the church pension system. He also raised funds for the chapel at Mass General Hospital, and other philanthropic ventures.

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William Steel 1780-1857

from http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=46320907

written by Aaron Steel 

William Moore Steel 1780-1857

Birth: Feb. 2, 1780 [Carlisle, Pennsylvania]
Death: Oct. 17, 1857 Leigh, Harrison County, Texas, US

Son of Revolutionary war Captain John Steel Jr., William Steel was born in Carlisle, PA in 1780.

Marker

Marker

In 1802, William began his ministry as a Methodist Episcopal minister for the Baltimore conference. During the 1810’s he changed to become a Protestant Episcopal minister living in Mecklenburg County, Virginia. He married his only wife, Mary Catherine James, in 1805 in Dumfries Virginia, and they had 13 children. He joined the Diocese of Tennessee in 1837 and lived in Fayette County Tennessee. After a two year stay he moved his family to the Republic of Texas in 1839 to the Caddo Lake area where he joined the Diocese of Louisiana. During his time in Texas he founded the Border Episcopal Church, and his works in Harrison County, Texas later evolved into the Trinity Espicopal Church. Some people say that he preached the first Episcopal sermon in the Republic of Texas. His body currently resides in the Mimosa-Hall Plantation cemetery in Marshall, Texas.

His tombstone reads,

“He began to preach the unchangeable riches of Christ in 1802. He had fought a good fight, He had finished his fight, he had finished his course, he had kept the faith, and at the last day he shall receive a crown of righteousness, which the lord, the righteous judge, has laid up and may give unto all who love him approvingly.”

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Nearby is Hallsville and Marshall, Texas.

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Al Shabaab in Kenya

The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste

INSIDE STORY OF AL SHABAAB OPERATION IN KENYA

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2013

Kenyan Soldiers at Westgate Mall, Nairobi

Kenyan Soldiers at Westgate Mall, Nairobi

“Muslim leaders in Kenya may have condemned the terror attack by the Al-Shabaab terming them barbaric terrorists who do not represent the religion or its faithful alright, but the fact that they don’t condemn their spiritual leaders who support Al-Shabaab and preach hatred is not something to be taken lightly.

Late Sheik Rogo

Late Sheik Rogo

“When Sheikh Aboud Rogo Mohammed became involved in indoctrination of Muslim youths with a weekly lecture at his Masjid Musa in Mombasa in 2007, lectures that presented the Somalia war as the ultimate jihad, Muslims were behind him.

“Rogo issued many fatwas during this period, indicating that working for the Kenyan government was apparently haram (forbidden by Islamic law). In his preachings, Rogo gave a message of martyrdom to young Muslims.

Somalia

Somalia

“He also developed propaganda CDs and other materials praising Al Qaeda. Rogo visited Somalia in 2009, and he allegedly joined military training camps there. He was probably assassinated by American agents, according to the UN Monitoring Group on Somalia.

“Rogo was accused of radicalisation and recruitment of youth to join Al Shabaab in Somalia. The UN Monitoring group on Somalia and Eritrea Also released a report linking Najib Balala and nominated MP Amina Abdallah, claiming they funded the proscribed militia group.

“The report said Balala and Amina donated Sh200,000 and Sh500,000 respectively towards the construction of Pumwani Riyadha Mosque, but the funds were directed to the al-Shabaab in Somali, according to the report. Balala has since defended himself over the accusation insisting he has no links with the group.

Al Shabaab in Kenya

Al Shabaab in Kenya

“The alleged support began when Kenya’s anti- terrorism law was enacted, according to the report dated July 12, which suggests that it could be continuing. The youth leaders told journalists at a press conference that they had evidence of many youths who have been recruited through the mosque and called for a thorough investigation by the government.

“After the killing of Rogo, Mombasa witnessed violent demonstrations, claiming four people’s lives and wounding many others as well as damaging three churches. The next day clashes continued in Mombasa. Two prison officers were killed in the ensuing riots.

“Similar support by the Muslims was that of a controversial Jamaican-born Muslim cleric who was deported from Kenya soon after he landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport from Qatar.

Sheikh Bilal Philips

Sheikh Bilal Philips

“Sheikh Bilal Philips, a renowned Muslim scholar who is banned from preaching in most European countries was arrested due to security concerns after he arrived in Nairobi.

“Anti-terrorism police officers said they had received reports he was scheduled to preach and give lectures in various mosques in Nairobi and Mombasa.

“In his tape Jihad, the father-of-four told Muslim women to raise their children “with the jihad mentality” by giving them toy guns. In the tape recorded after 11 September, he said: “The way forward is the bullet. Our motto is ‘might is right'”.

Since jihad is intrinsic to Islam because the Holy Qur’an requires it of every Muslim, it is very difficult to change a Muslim from this belief. Jihad means to struggle in the way of Allah. It is why one ideology that plays a role in Islamic terrorism is the principle of jihad.

Fr Omolo

Fr Omolo

Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ
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Sr Anne Montgomery

Sr Anne Montgomery

“Real change must come from ordinary people who refuse to be taken hostage by the weapons of politicians in the face of inequality, racism and oppression, but march together towards a clear and unambiguous goal.”
-Anne Montgomery, RSCJ
UN Disarmament
Conference, 2002

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Fr Omolo Dispatch 2013-09-09

from the newsletter of Fr Joachim Omolo Ouko, AJ:

The News Dispatch with Omolo Beste
WHY RUTO IS CONFIDENT THEY WILL OVERCOME ICC CASES

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2013

“There are several reasons why President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto are confident they will overcome cases facing them at the International Criminal Court.

Rachael Shebesh

Rachael Shebesh

“One reason is to do with what Nairobi Women Representative Rachael Shebesh has sensationally stated that former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga, is the one behind woes President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are facing at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

“Speaking to NTV’s Larry Madowo, on Thursday, Shebesh said since she was a former ODM member, she truly knows that the former PM, colluding with civil society groups incriminated President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the ICC.

Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga

“Shebesh revealed that during the March 4th election the former PM approached Deputy President Ruto and promised him if he joins his side (CORD alliance), he will make sure ICC cases are brought back in the country.

“According to Shebesh this is enough evidence to prove that indeed the former PM colluded with United States and Britain to incriminate Uhuru and Ruto so that he can ascend to Presidency through the back door.

Uhuru Kenyatta

Uhuru Kenyatta

“This is what the two leaders referred to when they said they will clear falsehoods peddled against them and radio presenter Joshua Sang. The two leaders expressed their confidence during the official closing down of Internally Displaced Camps occasioned by the 2007/08 post election violence, and the eviction at the Mau forest.

“They told IDPs that they know what lies ahead of them, saying they shall overcome and come back home free men.

“Another reason why the two leaders are confidence is what Ruto’s lawyer Mr Khan has alleged that the families and children burned in the Kiambaa Church in Eldoret were part of a blockbuster movie that was being screened in the area.

William Ruto

William Ruto

“He says the ICC will be wrong to charge people who were only producing a film for the African jungle.

“The other reason is to do with the withdrawal of witnesses, who were scheduled to testify but have changed their mind.

“Recently, three witnesses in the case one involving Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Sang pulled out. The prosecution has claimed that some of the witnesses recanting their statements had been bribed and they have launched investigations into the matter.

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto

Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto

“The number of witnesses, who have withdrawn from the two cases is said to be over 12, out of the original 40, increasing raising concern from the Prosecutor and the Witness Protection Unit of the ICC. The latest case of withdrawal was that of two witnesses, who recanted their statements through affidavits and letters written to the ICC prosecutor.

“The two witnesses, a former NGO social worker and a former Kass employee, have already filed their withdrawal affidavits and other documents with the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor, Registry, Office of the Counsel for Defense and Office of the Counsel for Victims.

“Those witnesses from the Ruto case, who have signed affidavits seeking to be removed from the list include witness numbers 2, 8 and 0336, but the ICC has not yet responded to the affidavits.

Chief

Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

“The last reason is the failure by Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to appeal a decision to expand the scope of Ruto’s charges. Bensouda is seeking permission from Pre-Trial Chamber II judges to include further incidents of rape, murder and deportation that allegedly took place between December 30 and 31, 2007.

“Through his lead counsel Karim Khan, Ruto maintained that the late attempt to amend charges against him to include the two days would result in an unfair burden for his defence team and would unduly compromise his rights.

Judge Ekaterina Tendafilova

Judge Ekaterina Tendafilova

“Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, sitting as a single judge rejected Bensouda’s application arguing that allowing such an amendment in the absence of any justification would be an ‘unfair burden’ to the defence, which would require time to conduct its investigations.

“Uhuru is accused of meeting Mungiki youths and organising them to retaliate the killings of PNU supporters in parts of the Rift Valley.

Fr Omolo

Fr Omolo

“Following his own investigations, Ocampo identified six persons against whom he claimed there were sufficient grounds to believe they bore the highest responsibility over the violence. One of them was Uhuru, then Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister.”

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Sr Anne Montgomery, RSCJ

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Schwarzkopf’s 14 Rules of Leadership

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

From Examiner.com

Here are Norman Schwarzkopf’s 14 rules of leadership given at a business conference in 2010:

  1. Think of yourself as a leader. Leaders lead people, not systems, processes etc.
  2. Character. Requires sense of duty, ethics, morality – it is not a measure of competence. In times of crisis, people pick character to follow. Have strength of character – a prerequisite to having the courage to do the right thing.
  3. Leadership must be respected, even though not loved. Make it happen and take responsibility. You can delegate authority, and still take responsibility. It is more important to be respected than to be loved. Leaders do not seek to be pleasing first.
  4. The true rewards of leadership come from leadership itself – not the next promotion or tangible reward. Do not seek rewards; leadership is its own reward.
  5. No organization will get better until leadership admits that something is broken. The prevalent can do attitude must be willing to accept you can’t do before you know something has to change.
  6. Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    The climate must allow people to speak up.

  7. Leaders establish goals for an organization. They must be understood and know their role in reaching the goal. FOCUS is the number #1 goal in the military. The greater the number of goals, the more confusion you get. Creating focus is the number #1 priority for a leader. Excellent leaders instill focus by creating shared goals that are clear and understood; everyone understands their roles in achieving the shared goals.
  8. Leaders set high standards; they don’t accept low standards. They set expectations. People go to work to succeed, not to fail.
  9. Leaders set high standards and clarify their expectations. They then expect that people will go to work on achieving these standards.
  10. Recognize and reward success – it is infectious. Failure is contagious. Leaders recognize and reward success. They understand deeply that both successes as well as failure are contagious.
  11. Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf

    H. Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.

    Accept a few mistakes. Provide the latitude to learn. Leaders accept a few mistakes but also, create the latitude and atmosphere to learn.

  12. Don’t tell them how to do the job – simply allocate resources, set standards and the results will exceed your expectations.  Leaders do not deal with how to get the job done; they surround themselves with talent and then allocate resources and remove roadblocks to enable the talent to excel. Love the troops. Leaders love their troops and let them know in many ways.
  13. When placed in command, take charge. Even if the decision is bad, you have set change in motion. It is better than being stagnant. When placed in command, take charge.
  14. Do what is right. It is a sign of character. Have strength of character – a prerequisite to having the courage to do the right thing. Do the right thing – have the moral courage to do the right thing.

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More Info:

  1. Examiner.com Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf: 14 rules of leadership
  2. Youtube– General Norman Schwarzkopf on Leadership
  3. Remembering General Norman Schwarzkopf
  4. Youtube– Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf
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Daring Greatly

Brené Brown found her title for her new book in the famous quote from Teddy Roosevelt’s speech, Citizenship in a Republic

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

Daring Greatly Book Trailer from Brené Brown on Vimeo.

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More Info:

  1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdN9-DN09vk
  2. http://design.caltech.edu/erik/Misc/Citizenship_in_a_Republic.pdf
  3. http://www.brenebrown.com/
  4. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1592407331/wwwbrenebrown-20
  5. http://vimeo.com/57080852
  6. http://vimeo.com/user557461
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Field Marketing

The Two Kinds of Field Marketing

B2C Field Marketing

B2C Field Marketing

The difference between Field Marketing for Consumer Packaged Goods (B2C) and Field Marketing for Professional (B2B) sales is significant.

In the CPG market, a contract representative promotes new consumer products to the public. This is B2C Field Marketing. In the photograph to the right, we see a FEMA representative, in a big-box home improvement store explaining benefits available to victims of natural disasters like hurricanes. Similar activities help promote video games, computers, new food products and Ginzu knives.

Joint Sales Call

Joint Sales Call

In the B2B market, Field Marketing is the practice of coaching professional sales execs, partners, and distributors to improve their sales and gross margins. It requires a background in professional B2B sales, a background in corporate B2B marketing, and perhaps an MBA in Marketing. This activity can include:

Sales Meeting

Sales Meeting


 

  1. conducting sales meetings,
  2. new product roll-outs,
  3. joint sales calls, and
  4. other marketing efforts.

In complex field markets, it often is a valued tool to assist in resolving channel conflict and in other special selling situations. In the Federal, State and and local governmental markets, it can help clarify customer goals and assist sales executives to optimize their approach to these challenging customers for maximum customer satisfaction and sales effectiveness.

B2B Field Marketing

B2B Field Marketing

Why is B2B Field Marketing so vitally important? Because many times, sales and marketing are complex processes that benefit from two minds getting together and working toward common goals– sales revenue, gross margin, and customers who are raving fans of the product.

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More info:

  1. wiki on Field Marketing
  2. Forrester– B2B Tech Field Marketers Must Adapt To Remain Relevant
  3. Argyle– 2013 Leadership in B2B Field Marketing
  4. wiki defining B2B
  5. Slideshare– Social Media for Field Marketing
  6. Slideshare– Field Marketing 2.0
  7. Heinz Marketing– The Ten Most Important B2B Marketing Trends from 2012
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