Advanced Leadership Initiative creates room for innovation

first_imgLeadership isn’t limited — and after conquering their own domains, today’s innovators want to share. Those are the motivating ideas behind the Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI), a new “third stage” intensive, multidisciplinary program that engages executives and other top business minds and helps them redirect their considerable skills into social impact. With one-year fellowships that allow participants to take courses, network, and brainstorm with principals from a wide variety of fields, including business, education, public health, and government, these experienced leaders can then discover new paths, developing projects designed to address some of the most pressing problems facing the world today.ALI, a collaboration of faculty from Harvard’s schools of business, education, government, law, medicine, and public health, was conceived in 2005 by Professors Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Rakesh Khurana, and Nitin Nohria. Since it enrolled its first cohort in January 2009, it has helped tap the experience of a socially conscious generation of leaders. The program, which runs from January through December, allows these participants, all of whom have at least 20 years of experience, to broaden their skills to fill critical leadership gaps in solving major social issues.This year’s 44 fellows, including 19 international fellows, come from a range of industries. Gareth Glaser, for example, was part of the leadership team that took Alcon Laboratories public and helped it become one of the world’s largest eye-care pharmaceutical and surgical companies. Glaser had also previously worked for Exxon and ARCO.Gareth Glaser became interested in gun violence after witnessing an unintended shooting, and dedicated his fellowship to developing and marketing an affordable “smart gun” that could only be used by the owner. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerGlaser said the fellowship let him focus on an issue that had long preoccupied him for personal reasons: gun violence. During a stay in Texas, he had seen the young child of a close friend severely injured with an unsecured weapon. “I was asking myself, ‘How can people have a loaded gun in the family room during a barbecue?’”“I didn’t know where to begin,” he says now, as his one-year fellowship winds up. The fellowship’s structure worked for Glaser. On campus from January through June, he was able to explore, meeting with ALI faculty such as Howard Koh, former secretary for Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, who helped direct his research. Through such explorations, he found himself interested in so-called “smart guns.” These weapons, which cannot be operated by an undesignated user, have been hailed as a breakthrough technology. But although research shows they have the potential to save 10,000 lives every year in this country alone, says Glaser, they have not yet taken off, running up against political resistance and marketing mistakes.These missed opportunities consumed Glaser, and when he left for the summer break, he headed for a symposium on law enforcement and smart guns in Washington, D.C., where he would moderate a panel. While he was there, he was approached by a smart-gun startup, LodeStar Firearms, which asked him to be its CEO. As an experienced executive, Glaser had the skills, but none of the baggage that had hindered previous attempts at smart-gun development. That’s when he realized, he says, “I could approach this as a businessperson. It’s a business opportunity, a really good one, and also it could save lives.”When he came back to campus in September, Glaser had a vision. He would work with LodeStar to help create an affordable “smart” (biometric) handgun that would appeal to both law enforcement and the vast majority of handgun buyers — by some estimates more than 90 percent — who seek a weapon for home defense.“People concentrate on global issues — income inequality, healthcare, education, global warming — and I understand that. But guns are such a big issue, and they are almost the third rail of politics. To me it’s focused, it’s an area where I can literally have an actual, significant impact.”For Laura Klauberg, ALI has been about discovery. Although her initial plan was to focus on education, income inequality, and gender-based violence, the global branding and marketing expert used her first semester in Cambridge to explore.“One of the things that’s great about the program is the first semester, when you’re told, ‘Be an inquirer,’” recalled Klauberg, who among other positions has served as the head of global media for Unilever. “Don’t land the plane right away.”When she realized that many people were already focusing on her original areas of interest, Klauberg reached further. Ultimately, an experience with her dog Brady suggested what would become her ALI project. Having trained her pet as a therapy dog a few years ago, Klauberg was in the habit of taking Brady to hospitals and nursing homes. Over time, one of her favorite weekly visits was to a substance abuse treatment and recovery facility.Laura Klauberg and her pet, Brady, a trained therapy dog, are regular volunteers at a substance abuse clinic. She used her year at Harvard to adapt her marketing expertise to educate teens about addiction and substance abuse. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer.“It became a very moving experience,” she said. “They were wonderful people, and it had a profound impact on me.”After a friend’s adult child died of a heroin overdose in late March, following several decades battling addiction, her goal was clarified. She would tackle substance abuse — ideally, before it started. “We keep hearing that high school is too late,” says Klauberg, whose own three children are now grown.Fortuitously, Klauberg, a global branding and marketing expert, had spent her career learning to adapt to and utilize emerging technologies, such as social media. Much of that time, she explains, involved “developing stories” for big brands, she says. At ALI she realized these skills could be applied to innovating education about addiction and substance abuse. Specifically, she is now using that technological foresight to “tell stories” — working with partners like the Play4Real Lab at the Yale University Center for Health and Learning Games to create curricula that use virtual reality to reach young people.“We believe the technology lends itself to creating ‘real experiences’ that could be transformative in nature,” she said. Ultimately, she sees the technology being used in a variety of school curricula, addressing issues from eating disorders to bullying.“Being at Harvard afforded me the opportunity to hear from people who are on the front lines and engaged in this,” said Klauberg.Her colleague echoes the sentiment. “Without having come here and spent the year here,” said Glaser, “I doubt I could have accomplished so much.”Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative will hold its final symposium on Nov. 16. The capstone event of the fellowship year, the symposium will kick off with educational sessions on Nov. 15 and conclude with final presentations by the fellows about their projects.last_img read more

Honduran Police Chiefs Undergo Polygraph Test

first_img “All members will endure the process, according to the arranged schedule (…) This is the first step taken to evaluate the Police’s high command of operation,” Eduardo Villanueva, head of the Police Career Investigation and Evaluation Office (DIECP), said on May 6, when the process started. About 50 senior officers of the Honduran Police, including director Juan Carlos “el Tigre” Bonilla, will undergo counter drug and polygraph tests on May 6, during an institutional purging campaign, caused by alleged organized crime infiltration, official sources stated. During the so-called “confidence tests,” the police officers are tested by a polygraph or a lie detector regarding drug consumption, as well as their psychological status. Getting a polygraph test is the quickest and the easiest way to detect deception. It has been used as a pre-employment measure and as in the above case should be used during the entire course of service to continuously test and evaluate the employees for false means of income and drug-testing. Many companies like Lie Detector Test UK are providing specialized services like these in their test packages. Honduras is facing an alarming crime rate, ranking first worldwide with 85.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the Violence Observatory at the National University, nearly ten times the global average. center_img Furthermore, the test also verifies the police officers’ assets to determine if they correspond to their incomes; it also verifies whether any property has been transferred to family members. By Dialogo May 08, 2013 “After concluding this stage, we will continue with 50 more, which involves subordinates and immediate collaborators, so that we can assure society that we have a transparent police force that is doing its job,” DIECP’s chief added. last_img read more

On authority

first_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews On authority by: – January 30, 2012center_img Tweet Share Photo credit:“…Unlike the Scribes, he taught them with authority.” (Mk. 1:21)Authority has no single meaning. The Oxford English Dictionary, for instance, has three definitions. It is first “the power or right to give orders and enforce obedience.” It is also “a person or organization exerting control in a political or administrative sphere.” Or, it is “the power to influence others, based on recognized knowledge or expertise.”The authority the people recognized in Jesus was not the authority of the first or second, but authority of the third kind, namely, his power to inspire and make them heed what he had to say. A simple way to explore his distinctiveness is to consider authority either as something you’re “in”, or something you “have.” To be “in” authority is to have a regulative position or status through election or appointment. Thus ministers of government are persons “in” authority; so are those who comprise boards of directors in business.Authority also goes hand in hand with certain roles. A parent, for instance, is by definition someone “in” authority; so is a teacher, a judge, a policeman or woman, or a parish priest.A moment’s reflection, however, tells us that to be “in” authority and to “have” authority are not one and the same thing. Many of those “in” authority “have” no authority. Many of those who “have” authority are not “in” authority. And therein lies a dilemma, because in the final analysis, “having” is more important. “In” authority is about system and structure, “having” is about soul.The episode at the heart of the Gospel today concerning the crowd’s comparative evaluation of Jesus and the Scribes illustrates this point very well. The crowd, as the text put it, was captivated by Jesus’ teaching, because he spoke to them as someone with authority, unlike the Scribes.Now the Scribes were among the social and intellectual leaders of the day. They went to the right rabbinic schools, belonged to a respected class, and enjoyed high social standing. Jesus was from Nazareth, a social backwater, from which “nothing good” ever came. And yet the crowd heeded what he had to say, unlike pronouncements from his betters. They were “in” authority, in other words, but he had it.To “have” authority is to possess qualities that influence and inspire. Inspiration is one of those things, besides bread, that humans need in order to live. Without vision, we are told, people perish. While we can individually often give ourselves motivation to do things, it’s very doubtful whether a society can move from a difficult present to an enhanced future without the stimulus of inspiration.Some forty odd years ago Jack Kennedy summoned the American people to a vision of difficulty and boldness, involving the exploration of space. “We choose to go to the Moon in this decade,” he said, “and to do other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Mandela, on the other hand, has inspired the world to think of the traditionally difficult in a new way: the bitter experiences of history can fruitfully be recalled without bitterness. Examples such as these, however, should not make us equate having authority with being charismatic. It is not just that the more ordinary among us can also display authority. It is that charisma is not the essential or defining feature of the quality. Evil geniuses too have had charisma. Indeed, some of them have had an extraordinary ability to mesmerize. One has only to recall the hypnotic influence Hitler wielded on his highly rational and intelligent subordinates.The authority to inspire is the ability to summon individuals to imagine that they can do bigger things than they think, and become much better than they are. We are often inclined to think of this capacity only in terms of politicians, but this is something any teacher in any primary school can facilitate, which many indeed have done. The foundation is a sense of solidarity with others and the sense of having heard the summons oneself.I do not wish to minimize the power of the political to generate these possibilities in the broader society. Considering the scope politicians enjoy for influencing the lives of citizens, it is certainly a legitimate expectation to hope that along with such power they should display a care for society’s overall enhancement, for the things, as I mentioned earlier, that we need to live by, apart from bread. But the task applies to many others too, in the religious and the other essential social sectors. We need many more persons who can speak, act and conduct themselves with authority, whether or not they may happen to be persons who are in authority.By: Father Henry Charles Phdlast_img read more

City wrap up Negredo deal

first_imgManchester City have confirmed the signing of Spanish striker Alvaro Negredo from Sevilla. Press Association Negredo will cost City a reported initial fee of £16.4million plus add-ons of up to £4.2million. City boss Manuel Pellegrini is close to signing another striker, Montenegro’s Stevan Jovetic, from Fiorentina. The Serie A club announced on Thursday night that it has reached an agreement to sell Jovetic, 23, to City for a fee of £22.4million. Negredo will wear the number nine shirt that was left vacant when Emmanuel Adebayor moved clubs. The 27-year old was fourth top scorer in Spain last season with 25 league goals, behind Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Radamel Falcao. Negredo told a press conference in Spain earlier this week: “I have spoken to Navas, he’s an important player in anyone’s squad and I’m very happy to be playing with him again. “Manuel Pellegrini completely convinced me to join Manchester City. It’s a big club and a new challenge for me.” He is the third signing for City so far following Navas and Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho from Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk for a fee of around £30million. center_img The 27-year-old, who has 14 Spain caps and six international goals, follows Jesus Navas from Seville. A statement on the club’s website said: “City are delighted to announce the signing of Alvaro Negredo, who becomes the club’s third new recruit of the summer.” last_img read more

Cricket News Sourav Ganguly Thanks BCB, Virat Kohli For Assenting To Play Day-Night Test at Eden Gardens

first_imgNew DelhiSourav Ganguly Thanks BCB, Virat Kohli Fo: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, whose efforts for pink ball Test in India yielded results on Tuesday after Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) agreed to play Day-Night Test against India during their upcoming tour next month, said that he was “extremely honoured” that Eden Gardens will host the inaugural Day-Night Test match. The BCCI chief also thanked Indian skipper Virat Kohli for his “co-operation”.“I’m extremely honoured that Eden Gardens will host the inaugural Day-Night Test match. I thank Bangladesh Cricket Board President & his team for accepting our request on such short notice. I also thank India Captain Virat Kohli for his co-operation,” Ganguly said.India is set to play its first-ever Day-Night Test match at Eden Gardens against Bangladesh from November 22. This will be the second game of the two-match Test series between the neighbouring countries.Also Read | Shakib Al Hasan Banned For Two Years For Not Reporting Bookie Approach: ICCThe Day-Night Test, played with a Pink Ball, came into realisation during the 2015 Test between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide. The success of the Test, with regards to attendances at the stadium and the television ratings, charted a new course for Test matches.Soon after taking over as the BCCI chief, Ganguly had proposed the idea to the Bangladesh Cricket Board. On Ganguly’s request, the BCB convinced its players despite their initial resentment. “It’s a good development. Test cricket needs this push. Me and my team were bent on it and thanks to Virat (Kohli) also, he agreed,” Ganguly said.Bangladeshi team is scheduled to tour India for three T20 Internationals and two Tests, starting November 3. While the first Test will be played in Indore, Kolkata’s Eden Gardens will host the second match that will be team India’s first-ever Day-Night Test. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

NPFL: Akwa Utd Players Threatened with Half Pay

first_imgAkwa United have threatened to half the salaries of their players after they suffered their second Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) home loss on Sunday.Akwa United fell 1-0 to champions Enyimba in front of their fans on Sunday after they also lost at home to Abia Warriors.Akwa United acting Chairman, Paul Bassey, said a showdown meeting will be held with the players on Tuesday. “We have not taken a decision on halving the salaries of the players. We will take a decision on that tomorrow,” he said.“We were in Africa this year and we want to return to Africa.”Bassey they are not owing their players salaries or bonuses, but wish to make a point they need to step up their game.Belgian coach Maurice Cooreman has already been suspended for a month with pay.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more