Dr. Melodena Stephens Balakrishnan
Professor of Innovation Management, Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government
Professor Melodena Stephens is the author of the book, Business with Purpose: Advancing Social Enterprise. She is the Professor of Innovation Management at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government, Dubai, UAE. She can be reached via email on Melodena.firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @melodena.
The main thing for companies to recognize at this stage it that you can have a tremendous impact on the world by the message you are sending out. Are you inclusive? Do you live your values? What matters most: profits or people?
The world needs social entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs need funds!
The company brand is your personal calling card- it can stay with you forever.
A business with heart need not be a large corporation with a strong CSR outreach program; it can be a startup that has an embedded purpose to do good.
Hope, Optimism and Resiliency: The Three Most Powerful Leadership Tools You Can Have As An Entrepreneur
A study of leaders in high technology startups and established firms found that the traits of hope, optimism, and resiliency had a direct impact on transformational leadership, which directly impacted firm performance.
Many entrepreneurs "fall" into a venture, and before you know it, they find themselves frantically both building and learning about a business at the same time.