Business for Good – Tencent Case Study

Business for Good – Tencent Case Study

The metrics for how we evaluate a company’s success are changing.  From 2010 to 2014, top companies were ranked based on the company’s financial indicators like shareholder value, stock market returns.  Fortune Magazine’s “Fortune 500 Companies” celebrated companies who were able to generate the most shareholder value.  Other ranking indicators like the Harvard Business Review (HBR), ranked “The Best Performing CEOs in the World” emphasised a CEO’s ability to increase the wealth of their shareholders. In 2014, HBR ranked Jeff Bezos as the number one CEO. However, by 2015, Jeff Bezos had dropped to the 87th ranked CEO. It was...

How to Ignite Innovation to have Social Impact in Building Materials

How to Ignite Innovation to have Social Impact in Building Materials

“Turn Waste into Taste” – Cambond’s impact journey Dr Xiaobin Zhao, Co-Founder and CEO of Cambond, joined CKGSB’s Igniting Innovation for Impact in 2020 to work with a team of business leaders to “Turn Waste into Taste.” The idea is to combine its environmentally friendly building materials together with LSO (Lim Shrimp Organisation)’s zero-waste and low carbon aquaculture technology to produce protein at a low cost while having an impact on the environment and society by using less land and water. Ensuring responsible consumption and usage of natural resources has been identified as one of the 17 United Nation Sustainable...

Impact Leadership: Profit or Impact? Is it a choice?

Impact Leadership: Profit or Impact? Is it a choice?

Bo JI Programme Co-Director;  Assistang Dean & Chief Representative for Europe, Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB); Co-Founder, Impact 17+1 Club. Leadership is a popular subject in the past two decades.  Business schools worldwide developed so many leadership related courses such as “Lead for result”, “Fair process leadership”, “4D leadership”, “Strategic Leadership”, etc.   All these leadership perspectives have one thing in common, that is, profit driven.  As our world evolves, we need to include a very important element into leadership development: Impact.  I call it “Impact leadership”.  Impact leadership is to lead with compassion and empathy.  Impact Leaders are...

Have we spent the last decade doing innovation wrong?

Have we spent the last decade doing innovation wrong?

Richard HILL   Programme Co-Director;  Client Director of Møller Institute,  Churchill College,  University of Cambridge. In the twenty-first century, when we think of the word ‘innovation’ it is invariably welded to another – ‘disruption’.  This has become the mantra of any organisation that wants to set itself apart; no self-respecting pitch deck misses out on a description of how the ecosystem/market/industry will be permanently disrupted by what is on offer. The potential disruption that can be created has become a proxy for the potential value that an innovation has. This has meant that we have become more interested in ‘what’ should...