ASCENT LEADERSHIP NETWORKS

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INSPIRATION FROM 10,000-YEAR INSTITUTIONS

November 16, 2018

To cap this fantastic week of learning with our leaders from the Fellowship for Family-run and Founder-led Businesses, we invited Alexander Rose, Executive Director of the Long Now Foundation to speak. The Long Now Foundation fosters long-term thinking - specifically in 10,000-year horizons. 

For this conversation, Alexander focused on what long-lived institutions have in common, and what lessons we can learn from other systems, such as cities and nature. A sampling of interesting points:

  • Many long-lived organizations have regular infusions of new people, such as universities with new students every year

  • There are lessons to be learned from Japanese Shinto tradition, such as the practice of tearing down and rebuilding at regular intervals to ensure renewal

  • From nature, there is research that trees do better in harsher environments: when entrepreneurs go through tough times, there is hope

His inspiring talk begs the question, what changes do you need to make in your organization to ensure its longevity? This definitely gives us some food for thought as we ponder what the future of organizations, and the world as a whole, could look like in 10,000 years.

 
 
 Ascent’s CEO, Kevin Steinberg, introduces the short film about to be viewed by the faculty, Fellows, and esteemed guests in the David Lean Theater at Summit Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.

Ascent’s CEO, Kevin Steinberg, introduces the short film about to be viewed by the faculty, Fellows, and esteemed guests in the David Lean Theater at Summit Skywalker Ranch in Marin County, California.

 
 

A MAGICAL EVENING OF VISIONS FOR THE FUTURE

November 15, 2018

In the David Lean Theater at Summit Skywalker Ranch, Ascent screened for more than 100 specially invited guests the world premiere of its short film, which covers the launch week of its inaugural fellowship program for family-run and founder-led business leaders.  Afterwards, four of the Fellows shared their personal leadership visions for improving the future:

  • Frederic Vieil, President & CEO of Hexagone, is passionate about expanding happiness and healthy eating through the creation of French food halls, starting in Boston.

  • Nell Diamond, Founder & CEO of Hill House Home, is redefining shopping for the new generation of 21st-century women by helping them communicate their values through their purchases.

  • Stephen Bronfman, Executive Chairman of Claridge, Inc., wants to see the adoption of the "happiness index," starting with a simple smile campaign to become a national movement in his native Canada.

  • Gowri Ishwaran, CEO of the Global Education & Leadership Foundation in India, sees how with the huge societal changes caused by new technologies requires us to help young people navigate this new world through new curricula to educate them on necessary ethics and altruism to make right choices.

Ascent is growing a network of like-minded people committed to helping leaders thrive, and we look forward to continue casting individuals for the next scenes of this evolving story.

 
 
 Ascent Leadership Networks’ panel, led by Ascent CEO Kevin Steinberg (far right) at Techonomy 2018, left to right: Topher White (CEO, the Rainforest Connection), Sung Park (President, Archimedes), Dr. Amit Mukherjee (Founder, Ishan Advisors), Lowinn Kibbey (Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute), and Gina Hadley (Co-Founder, The Second Shift) discusses using technology to positively affect leadership.

Ascent Leadership Networks’ panel, led by Ascent CEO Kevin Steinberg (far right) at Techonomy 2018, left to right: Topher White (CEO, the Rainforest Connection), Sung Park (President, Archimedes), Dr. Amit Mukherjee (Founder, Ishan Advisors), Lowinn Kibbey (Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute), and Gina Hadley (Co-Founder, The Second Shift) discusses using technology to positively affect leadership.

 
 

TECHNOLOGICAL DISRUPTION ALSO DISRUPTS LEADERSHIP: IN A GOOD WAY

November 13, 2018

Leaders must constantly navigate the ever-changing state of the world while keeping up with the seemingly daily transformations in technology. 

On Tuesday, November 13, at Techonomy 2018 in Half Moon Bay, CA, Ascent Leadership Networks hosted a lively breakfast focused on leadership and disruption with an excellent panel: Topher White (CEO, the Rainforest Connection), Sung Park (President, Archimedes), Dr. Amit Mukherjee (Founder, Ishan Advisors), Lowinn Kibbey (Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute), and Gina Hadley (Co-Founder, The Second Shift). We often hear about the negative impacts of technology, whereas this discussion touched on the positive aspects of technological disruptions:

  • There is a major opportunity for collaborations to develop new products that enhance business sustainability,

  • Humans have a desire to connect with technology; from tapping into potential uses for good to recovering from the stresses technologies can create

  • We have the opportunity to grow, to provide greater transparency and knowledge, along with improved access to information, that will help all of us make sense of everything in front of us

Sung Park suggested, "Schedule time to think: the quality of ideas is more important than the quantity of work you do." 

As Lowinn Kibbey questioned, "Technology is changing and illuminating human behavior, but can it improve it?"