Catalyst Conversation: Leading through a Crisis23 Feb

Leading Through a Crisis

Leaders face significant challenges before, during, and after any crisis. In the wake of yet another international humanitarian disaster, GCG takes a look backward to prepare for the future. Over the past decade, many have witnessed September 11th, Hurricane Katrina, a Financial Meltdown, and a recent earthquake in Haiti.

The four highlighted events required unique leadership capabilities to navigate and emerge from surreal events. The leadership abilities of presidents, international organizations, leaders of companies and countries alike were placed under a microscope to evaluate the leaders effectiveness during the crisis. Though no leader can fully prepare for such extreme disasters and crisis, the actions of great leaders provide the foundation for recovery and execute a plan that mobilizes thousands and millions of people.

As future leaders, GCG asks, what can be learned from past extraordinary events and the actions taken by prominent leadership figures? What challenges exist when faced with such circumstances?

HSN CEO discusses leadership in hard times
HSN CEO Mindy Grossman discusses the steps the company took to keep employees in the loop through the current recession.

Guiding questions:

  • How is leadership defined during crisis?
  • Based on the events above, what are the key takeaways for young emerging leaders to adopt and learn from?
  • Everyone is a critic with 20/20 vision, how does an emerging leader stay on path to do what needs to happen when up against adversity?
  • How does a leader best prepare for crisis?

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Hi-Tech Bio-Medicine and Nano-robots22 Feb


Hi-Tech Bio-Medicine and Nano-robots

GGC examines two of the perhaps most innovative and revolutionary technologies of the future including bio-medicine and nano robotics and wireless power. Specifically, GCG examined their disruptive nature, implications to business as we know today, and new opportunities.

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Catalyst Conversation: Corporate Social Responsibility15 Feb

Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility

Recent events have shown that  difficult decisions are made by companies to protect the safety of their customers despite the financial loses that those companies may incur in the short term. In the wake of the Toyota recall which may cost tremendous financial loss, the Global Catalyst Group reflects on similar situations and the leadership decisions behind each case.

Friedman states: “There is one and only one social responsibility of business – to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud.” Friedman (1962, 1970)

Over the past decade, the conversation on corporate social responsibility has changed dramatically, so GCG asks the fundamental question, what is the responsibility of companies to stakeholders and the broader public? Case studies included the Toyota recall of 2010 and the Tylenol recall of 1982.

Guiding questions that GCG has answered during this discussion include, what responsibility do companies and corporate leaders have towards the safety of consumers; where does one draw the line between losing profits or market share and the decisions to protect consumers; what role does shareholders play in holding companies and corporate leaders accountable; and how do we define corporate responsibility under the new leadership?

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