Been another busy week at SSE with little time for posts, although we have been adding a few articles of interest to the SSE del.icio.us bookmarks, and continuing to post on Facebook + Twitter. Just thought I'd share some things I've heard this week that have got me thinking (so might do for you too).
– "Businesses obsessed with shareholder dividends are focusing on the scoreboard not the game"
[Gary Hamel, being interviewed by the brilliant Peter Day]
– For social entrepreneurs working with private companies, "building of mutual trust is crucial, otherwise the dialogue remains superficial"
[David Carrington, chairing part of the Venture Partnership Foundation's mini-conference]
– it should be about a "competition for impact, not just a competition for resources"
[Simon Maddrell, from the fascinating Excellent Development, on competing social entrepreneurs]
– "Social businesses are like engines that never stop running and need no fuel from the outside"
[Muhammad Yunus, in town to speak at the RSA]
– Let's "crowdsource the cuts"
– "The 'rising tide lifts all boats' theory of economic progress does assume that everyone has a boat…"
[can't remember, but has stayed with me….]
– "The role of social enterprises, charities and cooperatives in public services will be enhanced"
[er…The Queen. More important for who said it rather than what in this case….]
– "There's nothing wrong with focus and growing slowly. Walmart was one store for 12 years."
[Can't remember where I heard this either, but similarly stayed with me. Such a crucial message for those who feel they are being compelled to scale too early]