*Our in-house assessment system seeks responses from participants on a 1-6 scale (1=strongly disagree, 6=strongly agree) both immediately after their programme has finished and 3-6 months afterwards. The data in this report are based upon the 1145 responses received during 2016.
Impact: on Individuals
“The Meridian course allowed me to gain a different perspective from people with different backgrounds and sectors. The course benefited my organization because it showed the importance of stepping out of a day-to-day routine. I am able to think and to act more strategically upon completion of the programme.”
Impact: on Individuals
“There are moments where you will be challenged to perform a task you are not familiar with, with people for whom it’s a core strength. Believe that in all situations you have something to contribute and they will listen because there is always an opportunity to learn something new.”
“For me the biggest takeaway from the Academy was around confidence and actually understanding who I am, what I have to offer and where I am going. I hadn’t had the opportunity to give much thought to that before coming to the Academy. One thing I will do differently as a result is be more confident in my own abilities at work. I sometimes struggle with confidence—I assume that other people know best—but actually I need to trust myself a bit more. The Academy has given me the tools to do that.”
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Impact: on Individuals
“It forced me to truly understand where people are coming from, what their worldview is and how to effectively work with such a diverse group. This has hugely benefitted my work at Boston Consulting Group and future career plans in China.”
“International opportunities are so important as they broaden our students’ horizons. Our students are likely to live and work in mainland China and overseas after they’ve graduated, and we want to prepare them for that. We’re committed to developing our students’ leadership skills and the leadership dimension of the Common Purpose offering really delivers on that.”
Impact: on Organizations
“We asked Common Purpose to devise a development programme to complement our internal high-potential leaders programme. We wanted our leaders to operate more strategically by working better with both internal and external stakeholders. Common Purpose’s Immersion Experience took them out of their comfort zones, intellectually and emotionally. Seeing how other organisations deliver frontline services and working on their strategic challenges formed new behaviours and built new relationships. We have seen a continuation of this practice as people have come back into the business better able to step forward and lead when faced with the unfamiliar.”
"As the Lufthansa Group is undergoing large-scale transformation while establishing a new leadership culture, a shift in perspectives was crucial to initiate the process of behavioural change. All participants stated that the learning experience in Mumbai had a truly deep and long-lasting influence on their professional and personal lives."
"You like to think you have CQ when you've been in business for so long but this was about putting it into practice and really using it in decision making. The diverse mix was really helpful. You need to listen to people in business. I'd like to think I have a reasonable amount of flex but now, every time I have a conversation, I will think hard about where the other person is coming from, why are they saying what they are saying and try to put my preconceptions to one side."
Impact: on Non-Profit Organizations
Over the last five years, Common Purpose has impacted non-profit leaders in India, Hong Kong and the UK through a partnership with the American Express Leadership Academy
“Nonprofit and social sector organizations are tackling some of our most challenging issues, and we believe fostering a pipeline of talent will help ensure nonprofits thrive in the future. Our Leadership Academy programmes created in partnership with Common Purpose have proven to be an effective tool for building the leadership and business skills that are critical to the sector’s success.”
"We chose to partner with Common Purpose to deliver our leadership programme as our leaders need to be able to lead beyond authority to address the complex set of challenges around meeting the diverse needs of people affected by cancer. Common Purpose's style and approach meant we not only built leadership capability, but the programme also resulted in a much more cohesive leadership team."
Impact: on Cities
Impact: on Diaspora Communities
Our InnoVenture technique brings together leaders to develop solutions to pressing problems in organizations and in society. Participants work together on a Challenge, which they address by developing innovative, scalable ideas. Here are some of the most exciting ideas from 2016:
“Over the next decade, how do we create five world class African institutions developing African entrepreneurs who catalyse our African cities’ economies?”
Currently, in Nigeria and Kenya, about 9% of agricultural production is sold within the immediate vicinity of production. The other 91% is usually wasted. This concept aims to benefit agricultural entrepreneurs by improving the effectiveness of agricultural systems in Africa. It is anticipated that the Exchange will:
“What makes a city smart?"
Smart ATUTU is an auditing tool, resource platform and Fintech solution to the problem of social and economic infrastructure and development needs in ASEAN nations. It structures the identification of ‘missing markets’ and ‘institutional gaps’ in human settlements at any scale.
It is a smart city, Public Private Partnership (PPP) brokerage instrument using smart data and Peer 2 Peer technology. It connects communities facing unmet infrastructure and development needs to governments, capital markets, entrepreneurs, corporations and third sector agents. It aims to lower the transaction costs of finding PPP partners and thus expand government, private sector and third-sector capacity to realize development goals.
‘What would produce a step change in how the public, private and not-for-profit sectors work together?”
One Commonwealth is addressing a real problem—the mismatch of supply and demand of key workers in different labour markets across the Commonwealth—and proposing a practical solution, which requires collaboration between the sectors. The proposal is to create a cross-Commonwealth organization that identifies where there are shortages of labour in certain countries, over-supplies in others, matches them and has the power to grant expedited visas to allow people to move from one to the other.
“How can the NHS and suppliers work together more effectively to ensure that the 30% of people unnecessarily occupying hospital beds can live or be cared for independently faster?”
The WYAAT hospitals will offer a ‘discharge guarantee’ to give patients the confidence and security to leave hospital earlier. By using digital technology to monitor patients in their own homes and provide tele-nursing, discharge times can be reduced, with patients feeling confident that the guarantee offers the reassurance that if recovery is not progressing as planned, they will be readmitted to hospital directly.