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MIT’s EMBA Program takes volunteering to the next level — Nelson Repenning and Diana Brennan

  With more nonprofits incorporating each year, competition for funding is fiercer than ever. Organizations that have traditionally relied on grants and philanthropy are struggling as they look for new revenue streams to become more sustainable and impactful. While these organizations provide critical services, they often lack management resources and expertise to reach their full potential in terms of the number of people they serve. After all, how many nonprofits can afford to hire leaders with MBAs? However, a new form of volunteerism is starting to address this need: the donation of management expertise, skills, and ideas. This is a big change from even five years ago when being civically engaged primarily meant writing a check or spending a day cleaning up a park with coworkers. This change may be due in part to the convergence of the profit and nonprofit sectors creating the emerging field of social enterprise. This … Read More »The post MIT’s EMBA Program takes volunteering to the next level — Nelson Repenning and Diana Brennan appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >

How branding 101 can make leaders more mindful of diversity — Renée Richardson Gosline

From The Conversation A few years ago, I overheard two of my MBA students talking after class about their “personal brands.” At the time, I was amused. But then I kept hearing more about this notion of “my brand.” I noticed it was the subject of articles in Forbes and Harvard Business Review. Suddenly, I saw book upon book devoted to the topic. The conversation centered around bolstering your personal brand by tweeting the right things, highlighting certain attributes in your LinkedIn profile and ingratiating yourself with other powerful personal brands. Frankly, I bristle at the phrase “personal brand.” We are not products, we are people. The way we present ourselves should be authentic, not part of a sales pitch or advertising campaign. But then I got to thinking: is there a way to apply branding’s best practices to develop greater leadership? By that, I don’t mean some fabricated Kardashian-type “personal brand” but rather a better understanding of how … Read More »The post How branding 101 can make leaders more mindful of diversity — Renée Richardson Gosline appeared first on MIT Sloan Experts.  Read the full post >






 

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