Are Your Future Leaders Getting Enough Leadership Opportunities? On the face of it, this might seem like a strange question, but once you consider it there is merit in asking. At every level, there is a jump for staff members to take when moving into a new leadership role. This is part of what makes hiring from within so hard when filling the void left by an outgoing manager. With that comes inexperience in a range of scenarios, and often there is little room for error as a few small mistakes or missed steps can lead to a loss of respect and belief from the people in your team.
Over the last 18 months the working world has gone through its biggest disruption in decades, and with that came new challenges and concerns for employees and employers alike. The first question to grip the world of employment was ‘how are workers going to be as efficient at home as they are in the office?’. A question that employees around the world proved was unnecessary as productivity levels remained around a similar level.
In today’s competitive business environment, it is important to ensure your organisation is as efficient as it can be. As Ethical Angel’s COO, I recognise the importance of driving operational efficiency, and increasingly it’s not just the technical skills and abilities that are important – it’s the soft skills your team possess that makes the difference.
Having the opportunity to do, experiment, fail/succeed and reflect is responsible for so many of our achievements and our characters. It imprints learning in our memory, and give credence to the expression:
Sir Stephen O'Brien CBE shocked at the lack of movement in CSR over the last 15 years.
At Ethical Angel, we’re always reaching out to talk to and gain insights from people in all areas of the business community and third sector. Recently we had the pleasure of speaking with Sir Stephen O’Brien, Convener of Second Curve and former Trustee of Foundation For Future London, Barts NHS Trust and Music in Secondary Schools Trust, to discuss volunteering and its benefits to both the communities it supports and the private sector. I met with Sir Stephen to discuss the evolution of corporate altruism and employee volunteering.
On this podcast Alvin talks to Kenneth Kitariko a strategy and financial services consultant about experiential learning and how businesses in Africa are relying on experiential learning to productively engage their employees and also share skills with Africa's young entrepreneurs.
Since the outbreak of Covid, we have seen the world changing at a rapid rate and notably, the way we work is another area that is undergoing a huge transformation. Although changes were initially enforced by circumstances, the majority of companies have now accepted this change and are actively encouraging their office workers to operate from home to some degree - now referred to as hybrid working. Many employees have warmly embraced this new way of working too, as it allows them to work flexibly and leaves them with more time to focus on family, health, hobbies and wellbeing. It can also help companies cut office rental costs and improve their performance thanks to happier staff who are working more effectively.
In this Podcast, Alvin chats with Richard Beesley the Founder of Juvenile Arthritis Research about the work that they are doing to support those affected by Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis, the content they have developed to raise awareness of this autoimmune condition, and the research efforts around finding a cure that they've been a part of. Richard also share's JAR's experience working with Ethical Angel and how this partnership has been of vital importance.
We've been speaking with our Natu, our Head of Causes, to find out how he first got involved with the third sector, how he feels it needs to revolutionise itself and the way it engages with the world, and why you should sign your cause up to Ethical Angel.
I founded Ethical Angel in 2018 to digitise volunteering.