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Achieve Great Things: The Art and Science of Aspirational Narrative

Speaker(s): 
Doug Hattaway, President, Hattaway Communications
Published: April 18, 2014
[photo - Doug Hattaway]
Download  1 hour 20 minutes,
More from this series: Nonprofit Management Institute
In partnership with: Stanford Social Innovation Review

Rodney Mullen: Innovation Doesn't Exist In A Vacuum

Speaker(s): 
Rodney Mullen, Professional Skateboarder and Co-Owner, Almost Brand
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People
Published: April 04, 2014
Topics: Leadership
[photo - Rodney Mullen]
Download  23 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Steven Ng
Stefan Castelán

Turning Poison into Economic Opportunity

Speaker(s): 
Arup SenGupta, P.C. Rossin Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Lehigh University
Published: February 28, 2014
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Download  28 minutes,
More from this series: The Tech Awards

Credits:

Steven Ng
Stefan Castelán

Towera Jalakasi: Breaking the Glass Ceiling in Africa

Speaker(s): 
Towera Jalakasi, Malawian entrepreneur
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People
Published: March 07, 2014
[photo - Towera Jalakasi]
Download  27 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Cameron Conaway: Knowing When to "Tap Out" of the Fight

Speaker(s): 
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water For People
Cameron Conaway, Executive Editor, GoodMenProject.com
Published: February 07, 2014
[photo - Cameron Conaway]
Download  20 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Paul Figgiani
Stefan Castelán

Embracing your Inner Punk Rock to Change the World

Speaker(s): 
Ned Breslin, CEO, Water for People
Published: September 09, 2013
[photo - Ned Breslin]
Download  26 minutes,
More from this series: The Social Disruptors

Credits:

Zach Jenson
Zach Jenson

Willow Creek Community Church: What Really Makes a Difference

Academic Case Study by:
William F. Meehan III, Davina Drabkin
Published: 2012
[photo - William F. Meehan III]

Willow Creek Community Church, located outside of Chicago, IL, was one of the best attended and most influential churches in the United States. It was devoted to attracting seekers, people who were otherwise “unchurched,” and helping them along a journey towards conversion and spiritual maturity. Greg Hawkins, executive pastor, wondered, of all the things that the Church did, what really made a difference? If a generous donor gave Willow $100,000 to invest in having the biggest impact on helping parishioners grow into disciples of Christ, would Hawkins and the leadership team truly know what to do with the money? 

In 2003, Hawkins was about to lead Willow in a strategic planning process. He was introduced to a consumer research expert who had helped an impressive list of large companies understand “what was happening in the hearts and minds of their existing and potential customers.” 

This case explores Willow’s decision to bring this type of research to its church and apply rigorous analytical techniques to understanding the needs and motivations of its congregants. It traces how Willow used the startling findings to identify which programs and ministries truly helped people grow spiritually and transform its approach to church. 

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Paper Copy: You may purchase this case from Harvard Business Publishing.

Case No: SM198

Nuru International

Academic Case Study by:
H. Irving Grousbeck, Sara Rosenthal
Published: 2011
[photo - H. Irving Grousbeck]

Nuru International was founded in 2008 as a social venture with the goal to eradicate extreme poverty around the world by helping the rural poor achieve self-sufficiency. The case follows Jake Harriman, founder and executive director, through the multiple human resource challenges he must face in building his nonprofit organization. The first of four vignettes involves Kevin Newton, one of Nuru’s first employees, after his promotion to international agricultural director. In his new role, Newton become increasingly vocal and adversarial, voicing his opinions throughout the organization, and Jake must decide how to best handle the situation. The second vignette describes the poorly-handled termination of Nuru’s contract grant writer and how Jake must deal with the employee and his supervisor. Finally, an unfortunate accident leads to Jake’s absence at the company offsite resulting in two unfortunate situations. In the first, Nuru’s recently terminated director of development publicly misrepresents the circumstances leading to his dismissal to the full group of employees attending the offsite. In the second, the employees compile an overwhelming list of gripes about the company, in Jake’s absence, which he must ultimately address.

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Paper Copy: You may purchase this case from Harvard Business Publishing.

Case No: E417

Tesla Motors: The Evolution of Governance from Inception to IPO

Academic Case Study by:
David F. Larcker, Brian Tayan
Published: 2011
[photo - David Larcker]

This case study examines prominent features of the governance system of Tesla Motors, as it has evolved from inception to IPO. Now that Tesla is public, how is its governance likely to change in the future? 

The Closer Look series is a collection of short case studies through which we explore topics, issues, and controversies in corporate governance. In each study, we take a targeted look at a specific issue that is relevant to the current debate on governance and explain why it is so important.

You can download a free copy of the case from this page.

Case No: CGRP-15

Al Gore: Leaders Must Supply Vision, Values & Goals

Speaker(s): 
Al Gore, former Vice President
Published: May 14, 2013
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